Cooking for a large group + 7 recipes

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I regularly get questions about cooking for many people, such as at a housewarming or birthday party. What kind of recipes can you make easily and how do you do that smartly? In this blog practical tips and ideas for dishes for large groups. 

If you are going to cook for a large group of people of more than 10 people, a number of things are important and you can think about the following things:

1. Which recipe does (almost) everyone like?

Making something that everyone likes is difficult, because everyone has a different taste, so it is useful to go for a fairly general dish that many people like. So no very spicy or unusual dishes or ingredients, or your guests must like to experiment 🙂

2. Can I prepare the dish in a large pan or in the oven?

The easiest way is to make a complete dish in 1 pan. This way you don’t have to heat and serve five different things at the same time. Check in advance whether this dish actually fits in 1 pan or oven dish.

3. Do children eat with it, and do you make something special for that?

If children are eating with them, it is useful to choose a recipe that also appeals to them or to make something special such as a simple pasta , pancakes or a wrap cake . You can also make a simple version of the dish for the adults where you omit some ingredients such as king prawns, nice and easy!

4. Are there vegetarians or people with allergies?

If you know the company well, you can take this into account, otherwise it is useful to check or ask in the invitation. For example, you can make a vegetarian dish for the whole group or a vegetarian variant with a meat substitute. In case of allergies such as gluten or lactose, carefully check the labels and ingredients of packaging.

5. How many passes do you make? 

Do you only go for a main course or do you also add an appetizer or dessert? As a starter (and dessert) you can easily opt for something cold that you just need to pull out of the fridge. An appetizer that you serve in a glass is extra easy because they take up little space in the fridge and can be served immediately, like this salmon in a glass or Italian appetizer in a glass . Or make bruschettas that you just need to cover before serving.

6. Can I easily prepare and reheat the recipe? 

Some ingredients don’t taste better if you make them a day or a few hours in advance, such as lettuce that wilts quickly, risotto that becomes soggy, bread that becomes tough, or meat or fish that dries out during reheating. But some dishes are even tastier the next, such as a soup or stew where the flavors are well absorbed.

Cooking tips for large groups:

• I always like to work on a specific theme, such as a Spanish theme with olives and bread with aioli followed by a paella . Or an Indian theme with cucumber salad followed by a curry .

• Is the weather nice outside? Then make a hamburger buffet , in this blog I’ll tell you all about it and give lots of useful tips.

• If you want to serve dessert quickly and easily, you can go for a box of ice creams or make something yourself, such as a tiramisu (also nice in a glass) or a chocolate mousse .

7 recipes for a large group:

Chili con carneChili con carne

#1 Chili con carne 

This recipe for chili con carne with minced meat, beans and rice can be made without packets and bags and is super simple to make yourself

nasi gorengnasi goreng
#2 Nasi goreng


Tasty and easy vegetarian recipe for nasi goreng with fried vegetables and rice served with a fried egg. Includes step by step video!

Albondigas – Spanish meatballs in tomato sauceAlbondigas - Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce
#3 Albondigas – Spanish meatballs in tomato sauce 

Spicy meatballs in a slightly spicy Spanish tomato sauce, a delicious snack that should not be missed with the tapas!

Beef Bourguignonbeef bourguignon
#4 Boeuf bourguignon 

Delicious recipe for this classic French stew with beef, mushrooms and potatoes stewed in red wine.

Couscous salad with sweet potatoCouscous salad with sweet potato
#5 Couscous salad with sweet potato 

Fresh couscous with mint and roasted sweet potato

Italian vegetable soupItalian vegetable soup
#6 Italian vegetable soup 

This Italian tomato soup contains a lot of vegetables and meatballs with pesto

Quiche with spinach and brieQuiche with spinach and brie
#7 Quiche with spinach and brie 

A delicious combination of green vegetables, soft brie and savory cashew nuts combined in a savory cake

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