So, everyone's coming to your house soon and you don't know what you're feeding them? I understand completely. There is always the big, holiday meal but that's not the only meal you need to prepare for. You'll have guests for days and you want to make big platters or baking dishes filled with delicious foods that are easy to serve. I'm here to help while you're feeding a crowd for the holidays.
Let's Talk About Feeding a Crowd with Pasta, Meat Pies, Stuffed Chicken, Pork Chops and More!
Hi! Do you love pasta as much as me? I don't think that's possible, but if you insist, we can arm wrestle for the title of World's Greatest Pasta Lover. Spoiler Alert: you won't win. Kidding aside, pasta might just be the most comforting of the comfort foods. Pasta can also feed a crowd easily and most people love it! Yay! Meat Pies are a revelation and I've got three incredible options below for feeding the masses. I'm also sharing my favorite stuffed chicken recipes which are easy to make and total crowd pleasers. My baked pork chops with Stove Top stuffing are another easy, elevated (and inexpensive) way to feed a large group. And what of that afternoon where you have no idea what to serve your guests? You really can't go wrong with sheet pan croque monsieur sandwiches.
So here they all are! My best recipes for feeding a crowd for the holidays. Of course, I have lots of other great recipes here on my site, but I think this is a great jumping off point when you need to feed a large group. There really is something for everyone here. Oh, and two of the recipes call for spaghetti sauce. You can use your favorite jarred sauce or give my mom's big batch spaghetti sauce a try if you'd like!
The Ultimate Spaghetti Lasagna
Cheese lovers will delight in this ultimate spaghetti lasagna recipe. Everyone will love you for making this. I always make this with my mom's big batch spaghetti sauce, but you can certainly use your favorite jarred sauce too. I've never been a fan of wide-noodle lasagna and bland ricotta cheese. This spaghetti lasagna is next-level and you're going to love it!
Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta (No Butter, No Cream)
This creamy chicken bacon pasta is a Sunday night dinner dream. No butter. No cream. Totally awesome flavor. It's a great option to feed a crowd and everything gets mixed together in one big bowl. Perfect for low-maintenance serving. And there's bacon, soooo... yeah.
Winter Comfort Food: Shepherd's Pie (My Way)
The ultimate cold weather comfort food, Shepherd’s Pie is one of my favorite go-to meat and potato combos. The crispy parmesan crust takes it over the top. Most people love Shepherd's Pie and there are so many ways to make it. I like cheesy mashed potatoes on top which adds an incredible layer of flavor to the dish. Great to feed a crowd and very low maintanence.
Moroccan-Spiced Phyllo Meat Pie
This Moroccan-Spiced Phyllo Meat Pie is a crowd pleaser for sure! Simple ingredients, tons of flavor and crunchiness galore. One 9x13 baking dish makes twelve squares so figure each person will eat two. Double the recipe if serving a larger group. Having leftovers in the fridge to nibble will make your guests very happy. I've eaten my share of cold meat pie squares - so hot or cold it's still incredible!
Mrs. Mann's Steak & Sausage Pie
An old family recipe from my aunt’s mother - who grew up in Glasgow, Scotland - Mrs. Mann’s Steak & Sausage Pie is a gourmet meal and a real treasure. It’s simply fantastic! I usually make this with store-bought dough, but I do include a homemade crust recipe as well. And though it might sound strange, I love serving this over basmati rice. Perfect, comforting meal for the holidays.
Stuffed Chicken Pepperoni Pizza Bake
This is one of my favorite stuffed chicken recipes. You can use my homemade sauce for this or your favorite jarred sauce. It's such a crowd pleaser and kid-friendly too since it's just like pepperoni pizza... with chicken. Stuffed Chicken Pepperoni Pizza Bake checks all the boxes: quick, easy and a gourmet feast! Serve with pasta, side salad or garlic bread.
Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Chicken Wrapped in Bacon
All the awesomeness of jalapeño poppers stuffed in a chicken breast and wrapped in bacon. Totally cheesy in the best possible way. The stuffed chicken is oozing with cheese right out of the oven and the flavors are insane. Super easy to make and excellent option for feeding a larger group. With my recipe multiplier, you can double or triple any of my recipes to suit your needs.
Pork Chops with Stove Top Stuffing, Caramelized Onions and Apples
Pork chops and apples are a match made in culinary heaven. And pork chops with Stove Top stuffing, caramelized onions and apples? To. Die. For. This recipe is very easy and only has a few ingredients. Feeding a crowd with baked pork chops just got a whole lot better. This one pairs great with salad or steamed veggies.
Ina Garten's Chicken Marbella
All you really need to do for this one is put together a fantastic marinade, marinate overnight in a large bag or covered bowl, and bake the next day. The smell of that mariande is one of the most delicious smells in the world. Make Ina Garten’s Chicken Marbella – a tangy, savory delight and a true gourmet! Easy choice for a large group and pairs well with mashed or roasted potatoes, buttered noodles or roasted vegetables.
Croque Monsieur: The Best Ham and Cheese Sandwich You'll Ever Eat
When you have a houseful of friends or relatives you need something for the afternoon menu. I can't think of a better sheet-pan sandwich option than the fantastic croque monsieur. It's cheesy (soooo cheesy), crunchy and simply irresistible.
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