Dinner for a Crowd

25 Awesome Main Dishes for a Crowd-Pleasing BBQ — Recipes from The Kitchn

Here's my secret to being a backyard BBQ baller: I keep my sides, drinks, and desserts simple, but serve up the biggest, most impressive main dishes I can muster. Ribs, whole artichokes, or even a big ol' turkey are sure to wow your guests.

From teriyaki pork tenderloin and dill pickle chicken, to cauliflower steaks and short ribs, here are 25 impressive mains for your next BBQ that will feed a crowd and then some.

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Galettes Are a Million Times Easier than Pie — Best of Summer

I am not quite sure when the last time I baked a pie was. It's not that I don't enjoy the occasional slice, but ever since galettes walked into my life roughly nine years ago, I've never looked back.

I distinctly remember the first day our love blossomed. The final project for one of my culinary courses in college was to develop a menu that would compete with my classmates' menu to be served at a graduation luncheon for my department. I dove deep into the task and scoured cookbooks and the internet to build a menu I thought would wow. Never having heard of galettes before then, I stumbled upon a few recipes for them that sounded delicious, and put them at the center of my menu. I won that little competition. My whole class cooked that menu for the luncheon, and I've been wooed by galettes ever since. Their lack of fuss made me a believer then and it continues to make me a believer now. I want to make you a believer too.

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Recipe: Italian Sausage and Peppers Baked Ziti — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Cooking while on vacation is a great time to slow down and enjoy the process, but there can be some limitations. You might be in a rental kitchen with minimal equipment, or need to feed a crowd on a budget — that's where the tried-and-true combination of pasta, sauce, and cheese always wins the day. Throw in some Italian sausage and sweet peppers, and the smell of this baked casserole will lure everybody into the kitchen even though the sun's still up.

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Recipe: Tomato-Basil Chicken and Rice — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Summer needs comfort food just as much as every other season. Sure, there are those super-hot days when you can really only manage to eat a salad for dinner, but there are other days when you crave something a little more satisfying. Maybe the heat finally broke or there's a summer storm brewing — whatever the reason, it's important to have recipes on hand that fit that mood. This one is exactly that. Chicken thighs bake on a bed of rice that has been flavored with diced, in-season tomatoes for a crowd-pleasing casserole that needs nothing more than a handful of chopped fresh basil to make it taste like summer.

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Cook Once, Eat All Week: 10 Big-Batch Summer Suppers — Recipes from The Kitchn

When the weather is balmy and perfect, it can sometimes feel especially hard to get dinner on the table. Wouldn't we all rather be soaking up the sun than standing over the stove? Luckily, there is a way to have it all: Make a meal that can be stretched throughout the week. Do this one evening during the week and the rest of your week will be set. Here are 10 recipes that prove it.

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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.

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