It's all about the horseradish
December 27, 2012 4:35 PM Subscribe
Please share your wisdom on cooking for a crowd.
posted by Cuke to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I need to serve New Year's dinner to my wife's family, which means 15 adults and 7 children. They are all meat eaters. I love to cook and I'm at home in the kitchen but I have never served anything like this number of people before, at least not without using a barbecue or catering from our favourite Indian restaurant.
I've got some killer horseradish that I processed from my garden this summer and I'm planning around the condiment, partially because none of them have ever tried it (not popular here in Quebec) and that is a travesty. I was thinking of hitting Costco to buy one of the massive roasts they sell, and then serving this up (tenderloin? Or should I be looking for another cut?) with some form of potatos (Baked? Garlic mash in the crockpot to save oven space?) a bunch of salads and dinner rolls. I'd love to make Yorkshire pudding but I think that would probably be taking on too much. Probably chocolate cake and lemon cheesecake for desert, cheese, crackers, pâté, olives, crudities for appetizers.
My partner is terrified in the kitchen but will make the salads the day before. I'll do the deserts ahead of time too, but I'll be doing everything else solo the day of. My partner is the baby of the family and it is really important to her that we pull this off with aplomb. She'll be taking care of refilling glasses, keeping conversation and music going, and putting out fires with the kids. I want everything to taste great and this whole thing to be as low stress as possible. Is this a good plan or am I on the wrong track?