Post # 1
Alright all you cooking Beesn I need your help….
My Fiance and I will be hosting our Bridal Party Meet and Greet/Game Night this weekend and I have decided to cook for everyone. Now with the party only days away, i am still not sure what to make. I REALLY dont want to make the typical group meal of spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna or baked ziti. I had planned to make Stuffed Chicken Breast with Rice and gravy and veggies, but now my Fiance is telling me to try to cut back and save as much money as possible. You see we are in the process of buying our first home and we need to show the bank we have as much money as possible.
So he is telling me that if I can’t find a way to feed 15 to 20 ppl on $50 or less he’s buying pizza. I REAALY wanted to cook and show off my talents because all of our friends have been asking me to, and I DEFINITELY dont want pizza. So can you guys give me meal options so i don’t have to give in and buy pizza PLEASE!!! lol
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Chili and cornbread is a great, and inexpensive, meal for a large group!
Post # 4
Lasagna? Or another pasta dish would be cheap.
Post # 5
You can definately do that! I have done more people on less money.
A few questions…
Do you want a sit down? Or all finger foods/buffet style?
Are they semi-adventurous or real basic meat and potato type people.
Post # 6
What about chili or a stew? You can throw in a lot of cheaper vegetables (stuff like potatoes and carrots) to make it hearty, and get a few loaves of french bread for dipping. Plus, it’s something that you can make a few hours ahead and let simmer on the stove.
I think you could also do tacos pretty inexpensively if you get hamburger meat on sale. I find that a pound of meat is enough for 3-4 people, so you would need about 5 lbs (here ground beef costs $1.99/pound, so that brings you to $10). Then a head of lettuce for $1, a few tomatoes, a couple of containers of sour cream and cheese, a few packets of taco seasoning, and a few packages of tortillas and hard taco shells. You can set it all out for people to make their own. And now I’m hungry…
Post # 7
We host for 7 people every few weeks or so and have a hard time keeping that under $50 – I like to show off a little too 🙂
I’d probably make some chicken meatballs (ground chicken, soy sauce, worchestershire, garlic, sauteed shallots, bread crumbs) with a side of sauteed broccoli and some oven-baked corn ears. Cheap, healthy and delicious!
There’s also rice-based options that are good, but they’re more along the lines of lasagna, etc… like shrimp purlough (which all my friends love and isn’t very expensive!). Actually, if you made it layered instead of mixed all together, it could be very classy… Just make rice, add tomato sauce, onions, garlic, and spices for a red rice. Then layer bacon on top of that, and sauteed spiced shrimp over THAT, and put out some shredded gouda for topping.
Post # 8
Appetizer: Cheese/Relish Tray
Dinner: Lemon Pepper Chicken and Rice and Tossed Salad.
Post # 9
Well I got excited and started thinking of things before your answers
how about A chicken, butternut squash or sweet potato or regular potato, kale in a coconut curry sauce served over jasmine rice. (heavier on the veggies than the chicken to keep cost down)
As a side, using those pastry sheets (the thin ones) you could make samosa like triangles with a white bean and garlic puree) and make a mint yogurt sauce to dip.
Post # 10
Some are addventous, but most of the groomsmen (including FI) are meat and potatoes kind of guys. But I am open to ALL suggedtions. The are no vegetarians and i was thinking buffet syle so they could all get what and as much as they wanted. And I had wanted to do some quick finger foods as apps, but they aren’t a neccessity.
Post # 11
you can make sweet potato cakes/latkes cheap and tasty! as finger foods to serve as appetizers. The meat and potato guys are guaranteed to like them.
For the more traditional dinner,
You could make “taco” truck tacos real cheap where they make their own.
Large bags of soft corn tortillas are cheap.
Use your crockpot to make cheap cuts of meat tender and delectible and you can play with the seasoning. (pork shoulders etc)
Make a slaw (shred your own cabbage and carrots for cheap) with mexican crema, cumin, lime, salt, coriander, cayenne pepper
Make a corn and black bean salad with red onion and a lime vinaigrette dressing for the side dish.
Post # 13
I was going to say taco bar as well! I love making chicken tacos in the crockpot by adding a bunch of chicken breasts, a packet of taco seasoning and a jar of salsa. Cook for 8 hrs on low. Shred chicken and put back in pot. I also can strech it out by adding a can or two of pinto beans in with the chicken. Then go with the normal taco fixings.