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    Every friday night we have a fellowship for one of our ministries at church. They put me in charge - for the near future - of bringing a main dish. It is funded, however I am not used to cooking for a crowd and am at a loss as to what to bring. There are usually anywhere from 15-30 people. There are other, smaller dishes brought in by a few others, but the main dish will fall to me. Any suggestions? Thanks!
    PS - I already have pulled pork and meatballs down - did those a few times already

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    How about tacos? You could do the meat in the crockpot and bring the sides?

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    How about chili? Not hot but they can add hot sauce.

    Lasagna?

    Hamburgers in buns?

    Spaghetti and meatballs?

    Baked sausage with onion chunks and potato chunks?

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    Spaghetti

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    From a long history of attending huge family gatherings - immediate family could be more than 20 people show up - and church gatherings:

    taco salad - don't add the beans until right before serving or else the lettuce gets limp and the broken up chips get soggy

    Tater tot casserole (also known as funeral potatoes, potato casserole and many other variations). Lots of recipes with and without meat (usually ham).

    Pasta - back East Ziti is very popular and easy to make.

    Hawaiian Haystacks - rice, chicken & gravy, pineapple, almond slivers, coconut, green onions and a bunch of other things. Set it out buffet style so people can choose toppings for the rice.

    Sloppy Joes

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    Cowboy/Calico beans. Lots of recipes online for it.
    Chicken and dumplings
    Chicken casseroles.
    Ham cooked in the crockpot.
    Pot roast.
    Turkey breast in the crockpot.

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    Brisket w/ beans and tostadas.

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    What age range are you serving?

    Macaroni and cheese and hot dogs

    Baked ziti

    Pizza

    Pancakes and sausage

    I would look to see what is on sale meat wise. Also, ask around to local restaurants to see if they are willing to make a donation or provide a reduced entree.

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    You all are making me hungry!

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    Some of the things we have at church are
    hamburgers
    subs
    alfredo
    flat enchiladas (tortilla, cheese, sauce, salad)
    frito pie
    baked chicken thighs/legs
    pizza
    potato bar
    sloppy joes
    green chili and potato stew
    veggie beef soup

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    How about Shepards' pie, cottage pie or a pasta bake?

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    One of the big fund raisers a lot of the local churches do is pinto beans and corn bread served with diced onions of course.

    The beans can be cooked in the crock pot or two and the corn bread in the oven.

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    Maybe two different pasta dishes one with a tomato sauce and one alfredo, for folks who either cannot eat or don't like one or the other.

    Can you cook at the church or do you have to do it at home and transport? Because if you can cook there you could make a couple different types of meatballs or soups/chowders or what not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valerian View Post
    You all are making me hungry!
    I was just going to say the same thing! and its only 9:46 AM

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