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Old 01-27-2009, 07:04 AM   #1
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What is your favorite company meal?

What are your "go to" meals to fix when you find yourself needing to fix a meal for a half dozen or more? Something you can almost do in your sleep, or something that you can make in advance and just reheat the day of the dinner (brunch, lunch, whatever!). Not necessarily looking for recipes, just curious as to what others fix when they find themselves needing to feed a group a real meal.


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Old 01-27-2009, 07:07 AM   #2
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I have several in my bag of tricks. Chili works well, and I have my New Mexican Cousin's green chili and Cincinatti Chili that I can make way in advance and re-heat. For smaller groups I like to toss some herbs and a lemon or two in the cavity of a chicken and roast it with vegetables. Couscous can be a great side dish, just pour chicken broth over it et, Voila! Spaghetti with red sauce was my mother's favorite for those last minute meals for dozens.

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:25 AM   #3
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Chili has been my go to dish for at least 25 years. Spaghetti with sause and garlic bread. I can do red beans and rice in my sleep, add chops or chicken breast and you have a great meal. Meatloaf with mashed taters and veggie is another standard. I will add some more as they come to me.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:38 AM   #4
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For me, Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti and salad is easy and filling, and it looks colorful on the table. I just made it Sunday for 9 people.

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:58 AM   #5
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For me it's shrimp-based. It is plentiful. I've only met one person who doesn't eat it. Shrimp salads in summer, something scampi-like in colder weather. Always serve with special bread. We have 3 nearby bakeries. I only need a couple of sides. roasted corn, cole slaw, rice, etc. It's simple with a glass of wine or some cold beer.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:36 AM   #6
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Italian. Always italian.
shrimp scampi w/pasta
eggplant parm rollotini
chicken parm w/pasta
baked stuffed jumbo shells
chicken in lemon garlic sauce w/pasta
linguini w/white or red clam sauce

Just depends if it's a week night or weekend and how hot it is outside. When it's hot, no one wants to eat heavy.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:39 AM   #7
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bean and cheese enchiladas....i kinda made up the recipe using homemade enchilada sauce, lots of onions and sharp cheddar cheese, tis a vegetarian dish.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:00 AM   #8
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For four or five people, Roast Chicken with sausage/cornbread stuffing has bailed me out on more than one occasion. Over five, then it's Chili, Rice and Cornbread.

Or barbecued Chicken Wings with Potato Salad is a good one that doesn't require a lot of preparation.

I also make Curry Chicken and Rice.
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Old 01-27-2009, 11:05 AM   #9
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We find ourselves in this position fairly frequently.... A lot of the time we'll just cook some kind of bird (chicken, turkey breast, whole turkey) on our Big Green Egg. That will get served with a few side dishes, depending on how much notice I have! Pasta or chickpeas are always handy when I get surprise guests.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:07 PM   #10
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Since I usually have guests that include children, too, I generally make a couple of pot roasts with potatoes and carrots in my 2 slow-cookers. That way I can start them early in the day and then make bread and a salad - maybe some rice, too - and serve ice cream for dessert. It's easy, the house smells great, and most everybody loves it.

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