What should I cook for a party for 60 outside?

Believe it or not, this is one of the most frequently asked questions we get-what can I cook for a large outdoor party I am having for my kid’s graduation, a wedding, etc. First of all, since you are throwing the party and will want to enjoy the celebration, you have to do as much work as possible in advance so when the party is going on, you won’t be a frantic mess. So while firing up the grill may be fun and outdoorsy, unless you have someone manning it, this will keep you busy all party long. So besides the grill, here are some make ahead dishes that you can serve on a big buffet table that won’t spoil in the outdoors:

Idea #1 Think about making a meat, like a roast beef, a ham, or a beef or pork tenderloin that you can cook ahead, slice and serve cold. If serving roast beef sliced, you can serve small rolls and put out a dish of horseradish and let people help themselves to little sandwiches.

Recipes ideas:

Beef Tenderloin Sammies for a Crowd

Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Pepper and Black Olive Sauce

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Idea #2 It’s a good idea and economical to make a dish that will give you alot of volume like a pasta or potato salad, hold the mayo. You can get really creative with these and mix in all kinds of chopped veggies and olives that will give the dishes, color and flavor and jazz them up a bit from the traditional old mac and spud salads.

Recipe ideas:

Asparagus Pasta Salad

Mac and Jack Salads

Not Potato Salad

Idea # 3 -Make sure to have lots of snackie things people could graze on while they are mingling. These make good side dishes too. Here are some recipes for apps and sides…

Recipe ideas:

Holy Guacamole with chips and salsa but skip the sour cream

Poor Man’s Caviar-Eggplant Spread-serve with pitas and olives for a Medeterranean theme

Cracked Corn and Cheese Squares

Stuffed and Wrapped Figs

Peas and Carrots Spring Salad

Vegetable Antipasto Stuffed Bread -you can do any number of pizza or calzone dishes and cut them up into bite-sized pieces for people to snack on.

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