I *love* Ellen's Kitchen site! Between her site and my bulk/quantity cookbooks we aren't at a loss for cooking and baking ideas at all.
Right now we are looking ahead to that special event coming up. Everyone wants to make the fun stuff -- you know, the desserts :o). But, man does not live by cake alone...yeah, a bit of a misquote there, but you know what I mean :o)
We need some real food. Something made up in quantity, delicious, and still easy enough to keep the stress level down.
Sticky Chicken is our stand-by. I suppose if I had a "signature meal" for large gatherings, it would be the Sticky Chicken. It's ultra easy -- 2 roasting hens to a 9x13 pan, rub on seasoning blend, toss in the oven for about 5 hrs, baste if you think about it. Can't get easier than that.
We usually do up 8 hens at a time. If the oven is occupied for 5 hrs, may as well fill 'er up :o). We debone the meat, everything mixes with the sticky seasons, then we drizzle with some of the strained juices or extra chicken broth, toss in a large tinfoil pan or the Nesco, cover with foil and let it all heat together to keep warm.
Makes a great dinner with some gravy and mashed potatoes, or cold as sandwiches. Quantity at it's best, I think.
Another favorite is BBQ Beans. Blend some beans with browned meat, seasons and such. Great hot but just as good cold!
Now, desserts. I like Ellen's freezable pie crusts. One recipe makes up 20 reg pie shells (10 2-crust), or 16 deep dish (8 2-crust) or 10 9x13 pan crusts for cobblers.
Add some of your favorite pie fillers, or quiche recipes, and you have a great addition to your freezer stash.
So...that special gathering. I'm thinking Sticky Chicken, BBQ Beans, mom's looking at BBQ Roast and then we'll need buns, maybe a dessert, or some potato salad. I'm no good with potato salad. I have tried several recipes but I must have a mental block about it or something because it just doesn't have the taste I'm looking for :o(
Now if you want to share a favorite family recipe to help me along....hint hint