Saturday, February 11, 2017


Have you ever wondered just how much food it takes to feed about 20 people?  I've been cooking for around 20 people on Tuesday nights for quite a few years now and I've learned a few things!  Here is a picture of 17 or so of those twenty we feed each week! 

I've learned that they love fresh food (but they will eat just about anything I cook) -- this is FOUR pounds of baby carrots roasted with fresh thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper.  They ate almost all of the four pounds -- maybe a sandwich baggie full of leftovers.

I found a recipe for "make ahead mashed potatoes" that can be reheated for about 3 hours in the crockpot.  The recipe was to feed 10 so I doubled it.  Yes, I cooked 10 pounds of potatoes.  10# for 18 people was too many potatoes (good to know!).  I think I could have used 6-7 pounds and it would have been enough.  I almost always try to have a few left-overs because that is what Mark and I eat on for the rest of the week.  Just FYI - by Thursday night, I'm tired of left-overs!!

I made Mississippi (does anyone else say M I crooked letter crooked letter I crooked letter crooked letter I hump back hump back I to spell Mississippi???) - I made Mississippi Pot Roast and it was really delicious.  This was about 10 pounds of eye of the round roast (10# raw).  The recipe recommended a different cut of roast and I would like to try it with the "fattier" cut of meat they recommended.  The gravy/au jus was delicious.  We had enough left over that Mark ate salad with roast beef on top for two nights and I had a lunch and a dinner.  That was about the perfect amount of leftovers!!

When cooking for a crowd, I usually find the recipes I want to use and double or triple them.  The tricky part is the spices.  I oftentimes have to add the original amount and taste and increase accordingly.  You can usually increase the salt and pepper the same amount (double or triple) but some spices add a bitter flavor, etc. when increased too dramatically.

We also had a big bowl of tossed salad and rolls and dessert.

So . . .just in case you ever wondered . . .how much food does it take to feed 20 people??

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