Cooking For Others: Creative Crowd-Pleasing Recipe Ideas

Casseroles have long been the go-to dish when you need something quick and easy to feed a lot of people or when making a dish to give a friend. While we think casseroles are great, they’re certainly not the only option.

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Here are a few tips for going beyond casseroles:

Give it a twist! Instead of making traditional lasagna in a 9×13 pan, try these Mushroom and Beef Lasagna Rollups! They’re perfectly portioned and you don’t have to cut before serving!

Lasagna Roll Ups: Take along a simple salad and the entire meal is set!

Lasagna Roll Ups

Fire up the grill! Burgers are so simple and you can easily make 2-3 different varieties to please everyone’s tastebuds. Grill burgers ahead of time, but deliver them to a friend stacked in a slow cooker to keep the patties warm.

Bison Burgers with Maple Brussels Sprout Slaw

Bison Burgers with Maple Brussels Sprout Slaw

Tomato Basil Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

Tomato Basil Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

Take ’em a taco bar! We all know people have different taste preferences. One of the easiest ways to please a large crowd is to provide a variety of options and let them choose for themselves. A taco bar is a great way to do this. Make a big batch of meat in the slow cooker or oven and then provide a variety of toppings (like shredded Pepper Jack, guacamole and fresh tomato salsa) and let people create their own tacos!

This Yogurt Marinated Slow Roasted Pork would be a great place to start!

Yogurt Marinated Slow Roasted Pork

Gluten-free? This Cauliflower and Hamburger casserole is perfect for a crowd.

Cauliflower and Beef Casserole


We’ve also rounded up a few of our fave crowd-pleasers that are just as easy as casseroles, and we’re certain your friends will love them!

Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust

Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust

Grilled Margarita Skillet Pizza

Grilled Margarita Skillet Pizza

Veggie Mediterranean Quiche

Veggie Mediterranean Quiche

Hearty & Spicy Chili

Hearty & Spicy Chili

Badass Nachos

Badass Nachos


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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.

Comments

Nancy Mock | September 18, 2016 | 4:41pm

I love these suggestions! I recently attended a family party with a large number of guests. They had a taco bar set up with 2 meats, 2 kinds of shells, tortilla chips and tons of toppings choices. It was perfect!

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