Dinner for 12

I love a family gathering. We have all of Mr Shoestring’s lot coming over on bank holiday Monday so we are hoping for good weather. So how to entertain without breaking the bank?

imageI have decided to keep it simple but plentiful. I am going to make a vatful of chilli and rice, macaroni cheese with leeks and bacon, a big green salad and some bread. Someone is bringing a lemon cheesecake and I will also do a big bread pudding and custard. I will get the wine and soft drinks from Aldi tonight and hopefully they will bring whatever they want to drink too. Not that glamorous but tasty and filling!

It’s a shame the hall isn’t quite finished. I am planning to order the carpet next week though so we are getting there.

What are your cheap recipes for entertaining?

0 thoughts on “Dinner for 12

  1. AuntLeesie

    Your menu sounds good & hearty. When I can find bacon on sale for $2.99 per pound (thick cut), I pop it into the freezer so I can later make a big batch of my grandma’s BBQ Beans. That recipe has been a hit for generations, and it’s simple. Dice the bacon strips and fry over medium heat in a large skillet until crispy; drain most of the fat off, reserve the cooked bacon,and saute one large onion (diced) in the remaining pan drippings just until they begin to brown. Put the bacon and onion into a large pot or crock pot, add 2-3 cans of white beans (drained and rinsed), 1-2 cans of red kidney beans (ditto), a pound of frozen lima beans, 2 cups of BBQ sauce (any brand), 1 tablespoon of prepared mustard and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Stir well, cover and cook over low heat for at least 30 minutes. If using a crock pot, cook on low for up to 4 hours. It can be made ahead, too. It’s delicious!

  2. AuntLeesie

    Another make-ahead meal for a crowd is even cheaper using bacon or ham… baked spaghetti bolognese. Cook the bacon the same way, or you can substitute a pound of finely diced ham. Again, saute a large, diced onion. Boil 2 pounds of spaghetti, drain and rinse. Toss the spaghetti with your meat & onions, plus garlic powder, basil and oregano and a few well beaten eggs. Spread into two greased lasagna sized baking dishes, top with shredded mozzarella cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. I sometimes add canned, diced tomatoes. You can put it all together the day before, and simply bake before company arrives.

  3. Karen

    My extended family love meat! Meat & more meat, I always add a foccacia or 2 to help stretch it some, they tend to pass on the salad unfortuneately.

  4. Sarina

    My cheap recipe for gatherings are a pot full of vegetable curry, plenty of rice and home made naan, home made lemonade for all and a large bread pudding served with custard for afters.