Easy food for a party?
I am having a birthday party at my house. It will be about 40 people in their 20's that will be drinking heavily. I want to make food thats good for a crowd and not too difficult to serve or make. I was thinking pulled pork sandwiches, ziti, dips and easy one bite appetizers like stuffed mushrooms. I want something I can make in bulk and ideally the night before. Any ideas?
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Do some with traditional tomatoes, maybe some with caramelized onions and goat cheese...
If you're doing the pulled pork sandwiches, maybe throw in a pasta salad perhaps?
You can prep the day before. A dozen eggs, boiled and peeled. A couple of pounds of prepared mild breakfast sausage.
Roll out the sausage in wax paper into disks and wrap those around the peeled boiled eggs. So the egg is completely coated in a shell of sausage.
Here you can save for the final step for the next day. Roll in bread crumbs. (yes, you can use premade bread seasoned crumbs)
Put on a wire rack and bake 375 until the sausage is cooked.
It's a finger food and a breakfast.
These are normally deep fried...but baking them works well.
Let them cool a bit...and slice into quarters for service.
For cheap and popular, I recommend make your own tacos. The Barbacoa beef cheek tacos with pickled onions on this site are delicious and easy. (sub any cheap cut of beef stew meat). make it in a crock-pot the night before and put it on the serving table on the warm setting. If you can borrow a second crock-pot, you could also do a pot of beans in a chipolte adobe sauce. Serve with a big stack of small tortillas, pickles onions, shredded lettuce, quest fresco....make a big batch of salsa and guacamole to serve with chips. maybe a fun one bite like devils on hatchback...or stuffed jalapeño peppers... You can do everything except the guacamole and the one bites the day before. Then all you have to do is reheat, plate, an chill the drinks!
Oh, and it is a nice touch to serve something warm around 2am when you want everyone to sober up and get the heck out of your living room. The fennel and white bean dip with baguette would be good....
On Food52, I've made both of these for exactly the crowd you describe to huge success: http://food52.com/recipes/4734_spanish_roasted_potato_salad and http://food52.com/recipes/8908_roasted_fennel_white_bean_dip
Lastly, happy birthday! It is my birthday this weekend also, and I am throwing the same party you are :)