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7 Easy Meals for Large Gatherings

Anytime you have a lot of people over, preparing a meal can be intimidating. Not every recipe that you’re familiar with translates well when you have 3 or 4 extra people to feed. As the host you want people to enjoy the food and experience they have at your home. In this post, we’ll look at seven tasty recipes that work for large gatherings!

1. Hearty Gumbo

You can never go wrong with a large pot of gumbo. This is a hearty and flavorful dish that has origins in New Orleans and West Africa. You can easily switch this dish to accommodate vegetarians by substituting the meat with extra vegetables and beans.

Traditionally, gumbo is made by letting all the ingredients simmer on the stove for hours. If you’re in a rush, there are plenty of stovetop versions of this recipe that taste just as good.

2. Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Skillet shepherd’s pie is another quick and easy way you can feed a large crowd. Shepherd’s pie is a great recipe because the ingredients are simple and most people usually have them on hand.

If you want to add some intrigue to this recipe, try adding a layer of creamed corn in between the mashed potatoes and the ground beef. Adding cheese on top of the potatoes before baking is another touch your guests will appreciate.

3. Pressed Muffuletta Sandwiches

If you’re going to the beach or on a picnic, these pressed muffuletta sandwiches are a perfect choice. These sandwiches are made with hearty bread which keeps them secure during transport and keeps people full. Pressed sandwiches are great since you don’t need any utensils and if you’re outside, you can even skip the plates.

Muffuletta sandwiches get their name from the bread that is traditionally used which is from Italy. It’s easy to feed a crowd because of the sheer size of a muffuletta loaf. If you can’t find this bread in your store, feel free to use any large, thick types of bread.

4. Slow Cooker Chili

Chili is a healthy, comforting and easy recipe to make for a big crowd. Even with lots of mouths to feed, you’re guaranteed to have leftovers when you make a big batch. Chili is perfect for gatherings in the winter or after a busy day.

If you like your chili with less liquid, remember to let it cook with the lid off for the last hour or two. Leaving a little bit of liquid is a good idea since your chili will get drier and drier every time you reheat it.

5. Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast is a difficult meal to prepare when it comes to feeding a whole crowd. Eggs are usually the go-to choice, but that gets boring fast. Breakfast casseroles are a delicious and filling way to feed a bunch of people. This is an easy recipe to make vegetarian or go all out with the meat.

6. Beef Stew

Beef stew is another hearty meal that’s easy to make in large batches. Served with bread, this is a delicious recipe that everyone can enjoy. The more vegetables you add, the healthier you can make this meal. You can cook beef stew on the stovetop or prepare everything in the morning, put it in the slow cooker and enjoy in the evening.

Beef stew is excellent with a bottle of red wine bought at quality retailers like WineOnline.ca. Cabernets and Malbecs are excellent red wine pairings for beef stew. If you’re feeling fancy, Bordeaux is an excellent choice for beef stew.

7. Pasta Salad

No matter where you’re from, pasta salad is a meal present at almost every large gathering. Probably because you can eat it cold, it’s easy to transport and even easier to make. What makes pasta salad great is you can customize the ingredients to what your family enjoys.

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