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    Cooking recommendations - Every year DH's family gets together for a big family reunion in the OBX. Each family takes a turn cooking a meal for everyone else (about 35 people). Anyone have any good ideas for the meal I need to make. 2 years ago I made taco salad and last year I made bbq pulled pork.

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    So it's pot luck? How about a huge batch of baked beans. Easy peasy. And super yummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    So it's pot luck? How about a huge batch of baked beans. Easy peasy. And super yummy.
    It is not pot luck. We will be there for 7 days and there are 9 families. 2 families will double up. So each family will be responsible for one entire meal.

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    Pulled pork is awesome.

    When Dave has to make something for crowds he does macaroni & cheese, chili, pulled pork, spaghetti, or chicken wings.
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    Yeah, pulled pork pretty much rocks. I make it every once in a while but instead of the slow cooker I sear it first then braise in the oven for a couple hours. It's faster and so tender.

    There's a zillion slow cooker recipes you can find online. I think something in a crock pot would be a good idea - then you don't have to be cooking for a long time - just chuck everything in that morning. Will you have access to a stove/electricity etc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Yeah, pulled pork pretty much rocks. I make it every once in a while but instead of the slow cooker I sear it first then braise in the oven for a couple hours. It's faster and so tender.

    There's a zillion slow cooker recipes you can find online. I think something in a crock pot would be a good idea - then you don't have to be cooking for a long time - just chuck everything in that morning. Will you have access to a stove/electricity etc?
    Yes. It is a 12 bedroom house with 2 kitchens. I was thinking some of doing chilli and baked potatoes. Home made pizza was another idea.

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    You could put the chili IN the baked potatoes if you scoop them out a bit.

    Or do what Dave does and use those Tostitos scoops. Sometimes he puts a wee bit of shredded cheese in the bottom of each one and gives them a few minutes in the oven first, and then we use them to scoop our chili.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    You could put the chili IN the baked potatoes if you scoop them out a bit.

    Or do what Dave does and use those Tostitos scoops. Sometimes he puts a wee bit of shredded cheese in the bottom of each one and gives them a few minutes in the oven first, and then we use them to scoop our chili.
    Normally when we have baked potatoes and chilli, for the girls I cut their potato into bite size cubes and put the chilli over top. For DH and I we just slice the potato and put the chilli on top.

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    Cooking recommendations - Every year DH's family gets together for a big family reunion in the OBX. Each family takes a turn cooking a meal for everyone else (about 35 people). Anyone have any good ideas for the meal I need to make. 2 years ago I made taco salad and last year I made bbq pulled pork.
    Since you already mentioned baked potatoes, how about a potato bar? Put out some chili, bacon bits, shredded cheeses, steamed broccoli, salsa, olives, sour cream, anything else you might want on a baked potato & let everyone make their own. Use small potatoes or serve larger potatoes cut in half so people can do a couple of different things. I also love baked pasta for a crowd. Cook a pound of elbow macaroni or penne pasta (nothing curly, it won't hold up well) until it's not quite done, drain & rinse with cold water. Drain again, then toss with a jar of your favorite pasta sauce, and put it in a big oiled baking pan. (Love those disposable aluminum ones at the grocery store!) Repeat as many times as you need to feed your crowd. Stir in some frozen spinach & spoonfuls of ricotta, I like to add some crumbled savory tofu, my sister does it with pre-cooked sliced chicken, then seal it up with foil. You can make it up to two days ahead of time. Bake covered at 350 until heated through, the time will depend on the amount of pasta, but about an hour or 75 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle on some shredded mozzarella or Parmesan and bake another 10-15 minutes. Open a couple of bags of salad mix and dinner is served. Yum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Cooking recommendations - Every year DH's family gets together for a big family reunion in the OBX. Each family takes a turn cooking a meal for everyone else (about 35 people). Anyone have any good ideas for the meal I need to make. 2 years ago I made taco salad and last year I made bbq pulled pork.
    a baked potato bar always goes over well (and you can make baked potatoes in the slow cooker, stew, pasta, chicken pot pie... trying to remember what my family does when they get together but now we pretty do pot luck
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