Cooking for a Crowd Main Dish Recipes

Looking for main dishes to feed a crowd? Allrecipes has more than 90 trusted dinner recipes complete with ratings, reviews and serving tips.

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Family Sicilian Sauce and Meatballs

Rating: 4.66 stars
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.

Firehouse Clam Bake New England Style

Rating: 5 stars
Growing up along the Eastern seaboard in Rhode Island, seafood is a staple of the state! This is a wonderful recipe that is prepared right on the beach!! A lot of work, but well worth it! You'll have to collect a lot of stones and seaweed for this dish.

Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Sandwiches

Rating: 4.73 stars
One of my favorite fair foods that I always looked forward to, until I learned how to make them myself. Serve on Italian hoagie rolls.

Anna's Amazing Easy Pleasy Meatballs over Buttered Noodles

Rating: 4.38 stars
My friend Anna makes the most amazing and easy meatballs with gravy! Prepared in a slow cooker, this recipe couldn't be any easier! Serve over buttery hot cooked noodles and you'll have a happy crowd! Mangia!

Kofta Kebabs

Rating: 4.71 stars
These kebabs have 6 different kinds of spices; the first time I smelled them I knew immediately that I had to find the recipe. The most affordable way to purchase the spices is in bulk at either a health food store or an Asian or Middle-Eastern market. They are very good! Serve with yogurt, flat bread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber.

Beef Tamales

Rating: 4.46 stars
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.

Bone-In Ham Cooked in Beer

Rating: 4.58 stars
This is a recipe we have used for the past 5 years. The beer really tenderizes the ham. Using beer is probably a Wisconsin thing. We seem to find many uses for it. But don't worry, the ham will not taste like beer when it is done other than maybe a small hint on the bottom portions. I don't like beer at all, so I was quite skeptical at first, but when I found out that the ham I had at my friend's house for Christmas the year before had beer used to make it, I tried it and have been hooked ever since.

Homemade BBQ Meatballs

Rating: 4.56 stars
Get out your biggest pot! This recipes makes tons of yummy bbq meatballs - perfect for a big gathering. I always get lots of requests for this one.

CCRyder's Cider-Smoked Ribs

Rating: 4.75 stars
Wood-smoked baby back ribs.

Instant Pot® Tacos al Pastor

Rating: 4.42 stars
While traditional al pastor meat is cooked on a spit, this flavorful variation is made using your Instant Pot® or multi-cooker pressure cooker after marinating. The result is a fall-apart tender, flavor-infused pork taco that your family will request again and again.

A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

Rating: 4.82 stars
Simple, perfect roast turkey just like grandma used to make. Seasoned with salt and pepper, and basted with turkey stock, the flavors of the turkey really stand out. Stuff with your favorite dressing.

Muffuletta Pinwheels

Rating: 4.5 stars
A appetizer sized version of the New Orleans traditional sandwich.

Inspiration and Ideas

Carnitas - Pressure Cooker
Rating: Unrated
Five stars aren't enough for these crowd-pleasing carnitas. A pressure cooker makes this recipe even easier.
Wedding Gift Spaghetti Sauce
Rating: Unrated
"My family loves this recipe. Makes plenty extra. Always a hit." – Danielle O.

Easy Mini Quiches

Rating: 4.1 stars

This quiche recipe can be made in a large pie pan, a regular muffin pan, or mini muffin pan. They taste great, and you can add more ingredients to suit your tastes such as mushrooms or spinach.