Dinner for a Crowd

10 Weeknight Casseroles Packed with Vegetables — Recipes from The Kitchn

Casseroles are one of my favorite ways to load up on vegetables. They come in especially handy if you're dealing with picky eaters, who probably won't even notice you've packed in a few pounds of produce underneath that gooey layer of cheese! We love these 10 recipes for their crowd-pleasing potential and their wholesome qualities. Some are strictly vegetarian or even vegan, while others have some meat in the mix, but they all are easy and sure to be a hit at the dinner table.


Recipe: Garlicky Broccoli Subs — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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In my never-ending quest to get my children to eat more green vegetables, I discovered the best broccoli sub sandwich that not only works as a quick and easy vegetarian dinner option, but also works as a tasty sub to serve at parties.

Garlicky roasted broccoli is already a dinner staple that my kids love. Partnering it with tangy feta cheese, a special sauce (read: doctored-up mayo), and crunchy fried onions, this staple becomes more than just broccoli on a sub roll. Each bite is a delightful combination of savory and sweet flavors, creaminess from the feta, and the fiery tang of pickled Peppadew peppers. My favorite part though? Building just one sandwich instead of four or five, to feed the whole family.


9 Tips for Nailing a Steak Dinner for a Crowd — The Great Steak Dinner

There are few things that can impress a dinner party crowd quite like serving steak. If you can boil water, you can serve pasta. If you're spending a lot of money on your guests, you can boil lobsters. But for the combination of an indulgent, generous dinner party that takes a little bit more skill in the kitchen? Steak is the one item that consistently wows.

However, I think we can all agree that serving it can feel more than a little bit daunting. There are so many variables: Will I get the right cut? Will it be tender enough? Will I cook it to the perfect doneness? Will there be enough? Will people wish we'd just ordered pizza?

These nine tips will ensure everyone is stuffed and happy by the end of the night. And isn't that all that really matters?


Dinner for a Crowd: Slow-Cooker Baked Potato Bar — Delicious Links

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If you're having friends over for a casual dinner, make things easy on yourself and lean on your slow cooker for a fun baked potato bar.


Here’s How to Make a Big Batch of Fried Eggs at Once — Tips from The Kitchn

I had long considered a fried egg the kind of breakfast (or lunch or dinner, to be honest) a delicacy that could dress up anything from a plate of hash to a simple salad and not the sort of thing you throw together for a crowd. But last year, one of our editors taught me a trick for cooking a big batch of fried eggs at once, turning this once solo dining luxury into a crowd-pleasing performance that does not even require a frying pan.


How Much Steak Do You (Really) Need per Person? — The Great Steak Dinner

Hosting a steak dinner requires some impressive culinary choreography — you want it to look effortless, taste delicious, and not cost a cent more than necessary. On top of all that, you need to weigh the fact that you're trying to satisfy your guests, without prepping so much food that you're being wasteful. It's a very delicate balance!

There are a few safe bets for things that will be totally polished off (wine), and a few things that are cheap and prevalent enough that you don't have to worry if you make one or two more than necessary (potatoes).

But for the pièce de résistance, the steak itself, it would be nice to know that you're not going to be swimming in leftovers or leaving anyone around the table starving. So we asked an expert, Jacob Dickson of Dickson's Farmstand Meats in New York City, to give us the lowdown.


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