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20 Recipes to Double & Triple for Large Scale Entertaining

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​One of the easiest tips for entertaining—and maybe this holiday weekend, you'll be doing just that (or participating in a get-together hosted by someone else)—is to do a lot of a few things rather than a little of a lot of things. In other words, make a load of pasta salad and put it in 3 bowls; don't make 3 different types of pasta salads that each only serve 4. It's easier for you, and it's an equalizer amongst your guests: Everyone will get to have everything (there'll be no elbowing for the good side dishes).

How to Make Pasta Salad without a Recipe

How to Make Pasta Salad without a Recipe by Marian Bull

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How to Make Potato Salad Without a Recipe

How to Make Potato Salad Without a Recipe by Kenzi Wilbur

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Ideally, recipes you want to scale up should be almost as easy to make in a times-2 or times-3 batch as in the original quantity—the hardest part should be doing the elementary math (not trying to shove four baking sheets into a teeny oven).

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Here's what I ask of my big-ole batch recipes:

  • Do not require hours of chopping
  • Do not require hours of standing in front of the stove, stirring, flipping, or baby-talking (hi, fried tofu)
  • Do not take a toll on kitchen equipment (e.g. does not ask for 16 cups of greens to be liquefied in a food processor​)
  • Do not involve folding, assembling, futzing (sorry, dumplings; sorry, knishes)
  • No rolled-out pie crusts
  • No hand-shaped cookies
  • No egregious use of freezer or refrigerator space (no must-be-chilled cheesecakes)
  • No macarons—never any macarons!

So here's where that leaves us!

With 20 recipes that will feed all of your guests, no matter how many:

Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing
Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing

​The sauce for this noodle salad doesn't have a small number of ingredients—mirin, bonito flakes, soy sauce, lemon and lime juice, kombu, rice wine vinegar—but once you've gathered them all, it's incredibly easy to stir together (and keep in a jar in the fridge).

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Carrot Chickpea Couscous Salad
Carrot Chickpea Couscous Salad

Use your food processor to shred the carrots (or enlist helpers!). Also makes a happy home for your spring produce.

Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)
Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)

This recipe calls for 2 cups of chopped vegetables per 2-person serving, but they can be whatever vegetables you want (so think of it as a way to clean out the crisper).

Creamy Vegan Avocado Potato Salad
Creamy Vegan Avocado Potato Salad

Buy small potatoes and you won't even have to cut them up.

Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro
Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro

Buy pre-pitted olives (just this one time?) and then cut them using Joanne Chang's trick (which also works for cherry tomatoes):

Asian-Inspired Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Slaw
Asian-Inspired Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Slaw

Your food processor—or a sturdy box grater—will come in handy for the slaw.

More good contenders:

Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans

Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans by EmilyC

Pea and Orecchiette Spring Salad with Perlini and Mint

Pea and Orecchiette Spring Salad with Perlini and Mint by Kat Suletzki

Marinated Beet Salad with Garlic Confit Vinaigrette

Marinated Beet Salad with Garlic Confit Vinaigrette by Elizabeth Stark

Burmese Chicken Salad

Burmese Chicken Salad by Giao Chau

Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas

Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas by Ali Slagle

Deborah Madison's Lentil Salad with Mint, Roasted Peppers, and Feta Cheese

Deborah Madison's Lentil Salad with Mint, Roasted Peppers... by Genius Recipes

Double up on desserts, too:

Super Fudgy Brownies
Super Fudgy Brownies
Cook's Illustrated's Blondies
Cook's Illustrated's Blondies
Coconut Pie
Coconut Pie
Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake
Nigella Lawson's Very Smart Strawberry Streusel Cake

Yes, doubling this one will require getting two spring-form pans (or unmolding the first cake when it's cool, then starting the second.

Hippie Crispy Treats

Hippie Crispy Treats by Alanna

Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries

Roasted Rhubarb and Strawberries by Ladystiles

Strawberry Cake for Mother's Day (and Other Days)

Strawberry Cake for Mother's Day (and Other Days) by drbabs

Blueberry Schlumpf

Blueberry Schlumpf by Marian Bull

What's your best tip for doubling, tripling, quadrupling, heck—quintupling!, a recipe? Tell us in the comments!