(Closed) Feeding 15-20 ppl. What to cook??

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Chili and cornbread is a great, and inexpensive, meal for a large group!

Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Lasagna?  Or another pasta dish would be cheap.

Post # 5
4824 posts
Honey bee

You can definately do that! I have done more people on less money.

A few questions…

Any vegetarians?

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
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
2559 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Appetizer:  Cheese/Relish Tray

Dinner:  Lemon Pepper Chicken and Rice and Tossed Salad.

Dessert: Cake

Post # 9
4824 posts
Honey bee

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 # 11
4824 posts
Honey bee

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.

Corn bread.

Post # 13
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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. 

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