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kimm1170 is asking: (2 answers)
I have had a Labor Day party for the last 7 years as well as other parties throughout the years. I've made cabbage rolls ,pierogi,lasagna, sub sandwiches, chicken wings, pizza, meatballs ect. I'm not new to cooking, just running out of ideas. I'm looking for something that someone has found to be a big hit or something kinda unusual that most people would not have the time or the paitience for....something to WOW people with that can serve up to 50. Can be a main dish or side dish, do not prefer desserts as I am on a diabetic diet and can't have (or at least try to avoid) sugary foods. Nothing really off the wall such as snails or tongue, just good food for parties. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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Last updated: Jan. 7, 2013 11:30 am
Posted: Jan. 6, 2013 10:59 pm
Answered by: Don
Jan. 7, 2013 1:16 am
Hi, try this Spanish classic. magic. cheers. Spanish Inspired Classic Paella 5 or 6 Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks 180g/6oz cooking Chorizo Sausage - sliced in ¼ in slices 100g/3 ½ oz thin cut Pork and/or Minute Steak - cut into strips 260g/8 to 9oz Mussels 260g/8 to 9oz Clams 300g/10oz Raw Prawns 2tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 60g/2oz Butter 2tsp Coarse Cooking Salt 1tsp Saffron Threads 300ml Dry White Wine 300g/11oz Paella Rice - similar to Risotto Rice (Arborio is excellent) 2 cloves Garlic - finely chopped 1 large Red Onion - chopped ½ Red Pepper - chopped ½ Green Pepper - chopped 3 fresh Vine or Italian Plum Tomatoes - peeled, seeded and chopped 180g/6oz Green Beans - chopped 60g/2oz frozen Peas - defrosted 1 ¼ ltr Chicken Stock - can use cubes or bouillion 2tbsp lemon Juice - to taste Handful Flatleaf Parsley - chopped To Serve - Lemon Wedges Optional - 180g/60z Scallops Clean the mussels, removing any dirt, barnacles and the beard. Discard any open or damaged. Place in a bowl, cover with water and soak for an hour or two. Change water during process. Rinse Clams in cold water, place in large bowl, sprinkle with the coarse cooking salt, cover with water and soak for about 1½ hours; Rinse and drain. Shell and devein the Prawns (Can leave some or all tails intact). Combine Wine and Saffron in a jug; leave to stand and intermingle for at least 30 minutes. Prepare Chicken Stock, bring to boil and keep hot on separate ring on cooker. Heat oil in large pan, add chicken and cook on med/low heat until browned and tender; Remove from pan, drain on kitchen absorbent paper and set aside; Add chorizo to same pan and cook, stirring frequently, until browned; Remove from pan, drain on kitchen absorbent paper and set aside; Add butter to same pan, melt, lower heat, add onion and garlic and cook gently, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or so until soft; Add rice, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or so or until begins to pop; Add peppers and wine/saffron mixture, again stirring constantly to keep rice grains separate, until wine is absorbed; Add chopped tomatoes, lemon juice, a ladleful stock and continue stirring frequently, to ensure rice grains remain separate, until stock is almost absorbed; Continue adding measures of stock, stirring frequently, until absorbed for about 15 to 20 minutes or so until rice is almost tender; Add mussels, prawns, clams, chorizo and green beans on top of rice mixture, cover, and simmer for some 5 minutes; Add chicken, peas and scallops (if using) and continue to simmer covered another 10 minutes or so until clams and mussels have open and scallops are just cooked through; Stand covered for 5 minutes or so, garnish with parsley, and serve, removing any unopened mussels and clams.
Jan. 7, 2013 1:17 am
Jan. 7, 2013 3:18 am
Ever consider a pig roast? Tho I have never hosted one, I have been to a couple and they are fun. Labor intensive, tho.
Jan. 7, 2013 5:13 am
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Answered by: J Nelson
Jan. 7, 2013 7:10 am
One of my favorite dishes is Chicken Tikka Masla. (Recipe by Yakuta on this site.) Steps can be compartmentalized and done ahead of time. Recipe scales up well. Read the cook's comments before attempting this recipe. I have had rave reviews by all who tried this. Best served with rice and naan. Also, if you are doing food for 50+ people often, check out Food for Fifty by Mary Moldt. A great text for large group and institutional cooking. You can get low priced cook books at abebookscom
Jan. 7, 2013 11:30 am
We do pulled pork, BBQ, Taco Bars, Baked potato Bars are the ones I can think of off the top of my head Good Luck and have fun!
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