Informal party food - big pan stuff for a crowd

(32 Posts)
LowLevelWhinging Sun 16-Feb-14 20:23:17

What would you want to see at a gathering of 20 odd friends?

We always do curries for our parties - easy but predictable!

Chilli is a bit dull, no?

so, maybe a stew with dauphinoise potatoes? easy to cook in advance.

or pies perhaps? then easy to have a meat version and a veggie.

or pasta bake type things?

any thoughts?

LowLevelWhinging Sun 16-Feb-14 21:23:18

aha, you mean mince and tatties! grin

earlyriser Sun 16-Feb-14 21:41:25

Noooo!!! although that recipe says mince, most would make it from the leftovers of the Sunday roast, so it would be chunks of beef rather than mince. Hash is more like it.

HighBrows Sun 16-Feb-14 21:51:01

I love spinach and ricotta cannelloni, I use this recipe here

HighBrows Sun 16-Feb-14 21:54:24

And a meat one yum

isthereanynameavailable Sun 16-Feb-14 22:18:42

Haggis, neeps and tatties. You could prepare it all in advance and layer into a big deep dish, haggis on the bottom then mashed neeps and top with mashed potato. It'll keep warm in the oven or I've used my slow cooker. Serve with onion gravy, whiskey gravy or peppercorn sauce or a choice of all three.

You could do a meat and a veggie one.

hulahoopsilove Mon 17-Feb-14 09:43:53

At NYE I had the same problems so did the following and it went down a storm - had 3 big pans on the table so people could help themselves:

Chicken Chinese Curry - mild, plain, simple
Lamb Rogan Josh - lots of green red peppers fresh coriander
Italian Beef meatballs - tomatoey and garlicy

then next to them the following:

Jacket potatoes
Plain rice
Garlic Bread
Grated Parmasan
Mixed salad

everyone just helped themselves and really enjoyed the food

Waswondering Mon 17-Feb-14 09:45:48

On her website, Nigella has a chilli for 20 that is topped with cornbread. Looks lovely. Served with salsa, guacamole, sour cream etc.

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