Cooking for a Crowd Recipes

Party planning is daunting enough. Let us help you. Here are our best recipes for serving 20 people or more!

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Taco Dip I

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This is a scrumptious taco dip. When I use all low-fat ingredients, such as low-fat sour cream and low-fat Cheddar, it still comes out so delicious! Serve with baked tortilla chips for dipping.

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

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Dates are stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked until crisp. These are delicious and very easy to make for a party. You can serve them at room temperature, so it is okay to make a few hours in advance!

Elaine's Sweet and Tangy Loose Beef BBQ

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This recipe is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants creation. I researched several BBQ recipes online and in my cookbooks and combined bits and pieces of different things I liked about them. The result was a wonderful and tangy loose BBQ for sandwiches that is very easy to make and takes little hands-on time. My in-laws who are in their 70s both said it was the best BBQ they had ever had. It was awesome!

Baked Potato Casserole

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This baked potato casserole makes a perfect side dish to bring to large family potlucks, picnics, and celebrations.

The Best Fresh Tomato Salsa

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Great with your favorite chips. Gets better as the flavors meld.

Beef Tamales

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These are just like the tamales my Abuelita used to make for special occasions. This recipe makes a lot, but if you're going to go to all the trouble of making tamales from scratch, you might as well have a party! You will need butchers' twine and a large pot with a steamer basket to make these. May be frozen up to 6 months in heavy-duty resealable plastic bags. To reheat, thaw in refrigerator and then steam or microwave until heated through.

Henry and Maudie's Oatmeal Cookies

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This makes a nice snack cookie, not necessarily a sweet treat kind of cookie. Good and healthful. For variety add chopped raisins or currants or nuts.

Family Sicilian Sauce and Meatballs

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My mother's family originally came from Sicily and every family member makes his or her own version - this version came most recently via Brooklyn. If there are any leftovers, they freeze very well. MANGIA! Serve with red wine and a good loaf of crusty Italian bread.

Easy Sugar Cookies

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Quick and easy sugar cookies! They are really good, plain or with candies in them. My friend uses chocolate mints on top, and they're great!

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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I modified Beatrice's Excellent Oatmeal cookies very slightly. I came up with something that my boyfriend went CRAZY over! I've never seen him enjoy cookies to that extent! He said I blew his mother's recipe away.

The Best Lemon Bars

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Tart, rich and perfection, all rolled into one! Wow your friends with this simple recipe. Hint: No Substitutions!

Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches

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These small, delicious sandwiches are perfect for any party. They are so good that even the pickiest of eaters will eat these.

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Chewy Coconut Cookies

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Lots of coconut and sugar make these cookies chewy and delicious.