Bachelorette Dinner Cooking Party

I'm planning my sister's bachelorette party and looking for menu ideas for the dinner part. We have a group of about eight people (including a vegetarian), most of who would like to help cook. What are some fun things to work on with several cooks in the kitchen? Thank you!

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Claire Smith
Claire Smith April 29, 2015

I'd say things like pasta sauce or chili. Things that aren't too particular about when each ingredient is added and which can easily be simmered for longer or shorter while other parts are being cooked. Alternatively perhaps some tapas-style dishes so each person can take one dish each?

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ChefJune
ChefJune April 29, 2015

As a culinary educator and a wedding planner, I've had my hand in more than a few events similar to what you have in mind. One of the most important factors you need to consider is the space you have available for everyone to work tegether. Once you have that settled, there are any number of things that are fun to do together... Making pasta is one of those. It's easy to do, and you can make any kind of sauce(s) you want to top it.

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Bevi
Bevi April 29, 2015

Making customized pizzas. Have your dough ready, and tomato sauce, and have your party goers prep other toppings and then build pizza combinations to share. Grating cheeses, slicing olives, making an easy pesto - create a list of toppings and let guests go to town.

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ChefJune
ChefJune April 29, 2015

That's a super idea, but unless you have more than one oven, you could be all night baking the pizzas.

Bevi
Bevi April 30, 2015

So make a large composite salad to munch on while waiting for pizzas, and make large, rectangular pies with several topping regions to choose from. BA had a recent article on their website about building composite salads.

lapadia
lapadia April 30, 2015

Love the interactive Pizza idea; have hosted many of them, no problem regardless of the space involved. One such party was planned for grilling until somebody forgot to check about having enough propane, oops, but we found a way to fit our pizzas into the oven, baked 4-6 at a time, short cooking time since the pizzas were small, thin individual style.

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keg72
keg72 April 30, 2015

I agree, lapadia, that space shouldn't be an issue. I've also done this with friends many times. One thought for you, if you flip your baking pans upside down and use that surface instead, you don't have to contend with the rim when loading your pizzas onto the pan and removing them -- you can just slide them on and off.

Nancy
Nancy April 29, 2015

Private cooking schools or cookware stores that hold classes may be willing to rent their space and/or a teacher to organize the event. This would give you multiple work stations, no clean up, and lots of menu choices.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx April 29, 2015

How about risottos? Two of them side by side with everyone taking turns.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx April 30, 2015

I love group cooking, so fun. I have a couple of friends that enjoy making dumplings with me. All different fillings. We cook some and share the bounty to freeze for another day.

Pegeen
Pegeen April 30, 2015

I just read misread your post without my glasses on as "How about mojitos? Two of them side by side..." and I thought Oh yeah. Two mojitos per person while making pizzas sounds good!

sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx May 1, 2015

sure, that too! woo hoo!

Garlic Fiend
Garlic Fiend April 30, 2015

Once a year we used to make potstickers/Chinese dumplings for Chinese New Year and we would provide the wrappers and fillings and let everyone make their own. I would have multiple pots of boiling water or if you have bamboo steamers, you can cook a bunch at a time. Freeze any uncooked dumplings individually before bagging. It was a lot of fun

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nlog2n
nlog2n May 1, 2015

A vegetarian version of this Giada recipe could work very well! It was fun to roll this one up with my friends for Christmas last year. http://www.foodnetwork...

Another idea would be to make wontons or ravioli. If you have a deep fryer, you can even make toasted raviolis ~ get some thawed out raviolis/fresh homemade ones, dip in buttermilk, then dip in Progresso Italian bread crumbs, and fry for a minute or two per side, until golden brown and serve with a good marinara sauce (I like Rao's).

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henandchicks
henandchicks May 1, 2015

Sushi making is fun; books and kits are available, and it is a pretty short learning curve, provided no one is worried about perfection. For a party without a spoilsport pouting about "true, real, suhi", the ingredients are nearly limitless. I attended one event where one ingred on offer was citrus segments- surprising and tasty. Rolling matts, chop sticks, little dip bowls are avail at Asian markets inexpensively, and could be used as party favors. Now I'M in the mood for a sushi party...

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Diana
Diana May 3, 2015

I love the pizza idea, but would like to second someone's pasta making idea. There are a bunch of separate steps in something like a homemade ravioli that gives everyone a task (making dough, rolling pasta, filling ravioli, making sauce, etc). Pour some wine and set up a antipasto board to munch on as you work.

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