Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or you just happen to be having a large dinner party, there will be times when you will have to cook for lots of people. Cooking for a crowd, unfortunately, can get quite stressful—even overwhelming. Thankfully, we have some sharp tips to help you take control of the situation and pull off cooking for a crowd with minimal stress. Ready? Let’s go!
Go With What You Know
Now is not the time to try a new recipe. Use recipes you have tried many times before and have no mastered. If you know exactly what you are doing, you will be much calmer while you are doing it! Even if the recipes you know are not meant for a larger crowd, it is much easier to make a double batch of something you know how to cook, such as spaghetti sauce, than it is to try a new recipe. This is especially the case when you would have to double a recipe you are not familiar with!
Make Ahead Of Time
Chances are you have to make more than one dish when cooking for a crowd. Do not leave all of this cooking for the day of the event! Where possible, make dishes in advance so you can spread out the pressure. You can also strategically choose dishes to help. For instance, you can prep and entire lasagna the night before, but then put it in the oven before your guests arrive.
In addition to making things less stressful on the day, it also opens up your chances of mingling with the guests instead of being chained to the stove.
Slow Cooker Magic
When it comes to cooking for a crowd, there is nothing easier than using your slow cooker. You can easily feed a decent sized group with one 6 or 7 quart slow cooker! In addition to making a large quantity of food in one go, slow cooker meals are also easy to make, since you often just have to dump ingredients into the pot and let the slow cooker work its magic. You can set it at the beginning of the day, thus freeing up time throughout the day so you can get one with other things (including other meal prep activities).