Every once in a while, the task of cooking a huge family meal or meal for our friends becomes bestowed upon you. What do you do? There is the issue of getting the ingredients, making sure you have enough. Planning what to do when, and most importantly what are you actually going to cook! A lot more than we imagine goes into the preparation of such a feast, so what are the options? Well, this article should give you some ideas and questions to ask yourself when you have the task of a major cooking job!
Create the Best Spread
No matter what you do, your main aim is to create the best spread you can. Will you make a set dinner everyone will have a plate of food. Or, is the option of a platter where people take what they want sound better?
— Tori Avey (@toriavey) March 3, 2020
No matter what you do you need to pick the best! Getting hold of a really good tahini recipe can help you make some really quick and easy bites for starters and something more substantial for the main. Something pastry-based is a great choice as you can make that in bulk if you have a lot of people to feed.
Big Feast Ideas
If a spread is not what you are looking to do for your party, then maybe a big dinner with a centerpiece is more like it. A roast dinner, a stir fry, or a curry is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. The benefits with all of these food choices are the fact they can be cooked in bulk, and this is something that needs to be considered when you are thinking of cooking for many people.
What Will you Have as Your Centrepiece
Continuing from the last point, if you are going to be going big with one dinner that you will serve to everyone something that is always going to impress is a centerpiece. All the ‘grand’ dinners you see in films and TV, with the pigs head or the huge hunk of meat in the middle of the table. These ‘crowd-pleasing centerpieces’ really make dinner an occasion.
How Many People are you Feeding?
Now something that should always be the first thing that comes to your mind, is the number of people that you are going to cook for. Are you cooking for the immediate family, with maybe 8 guests? Are you cooking for a fully-fledged party that has maybe 20 guests or more? No matter how many people are cooking for, you can find ways and recipes that make that chore much easier for you, and much nicer to enjoy afterward! Because always remember if you are cooking or hosting a party, it is also a party for you, so that leads to the final point…
Have Fun with It!
This is something many people don’t remember when they host or cook for a party. It is yours too, so finding ways to make it less stressful for you is not ‘cheating’ or cutting corners, it’s logical! Hopefully, you would have found the points in this article helpful, good luck!