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Old 10-01-2009, 08:46 PM
 
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I agreed to help a friend and her Church feed the prisoners and their kids for Christmas. We are doing it so the kids can try to have so what of a family Christmas. There will be around 200 people. We need ideas for vegetables and desserts. We have the meat choices. Any ideas, thanks
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I've made some good sized (not 200 people sized!) sweet potato dishes that are inexpensive and easy, and very yummy!
For that many people, and to keep things simple, large serving bowls of corn, carrots, peas, any popular vegetable, would be good.
Dessert: cupcakes or cookies perhaps, since they are easy to serve, and also relatively inexpensive to make.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Do you need ideas, or specific recipes?
BTW, blessings to you for helping those people!
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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The problem with large groups, is that the foods began tasting like institutional food, and those serving time have more of that than they care to have. Making it special can be a bit tough. Particularly if you are doing off site cooking and bringing the food into a place. Not so much if you are having it at a church with a good kitchen.

You need "special" foods.....like the sweet potato casserole mentioned above. Another easy and low cost special is the green bean casserole, made with french cut green beans, mushroom soup and canned fried onions. Also roasting a bunch of garlic and blending it with mashed potatoes will go a long way and is relatively inexpensive. making several types of dressing can be inexpensive and easy to make large quantities of as well. radishes, cream cheese filled celery sticks, olives, and green onions can make it seem more festive.

Traditional desserts are fairly simple as well. A selection of pie: deep dish apple, mince, pumpkin, and pecan should be sufficient. For something "extra" special, try making "dirt." It is ground up oreos and cool whip and is always a great hit.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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I forgot about pumkin pie. I just found that dirt pie on kraft.com. That's why I asked ya'll, you are great. thanks
I like the veggie casseroles.

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The problem with large groups, is that the foods began tasting like institutional food, and those serving time have more of that than they care to have. Making it special can be a bit tough. Particularly if you are doing off site cooking and bringing the food into a place. Not so much if you are having it at a church with a good kitchen.

You need "special" foods.....like the sweet potato casserole mentioned above. Another easy and low cost special is the green bean casserole, made with french cut green beans, mushroom soup and canned fried onions. Also roasting a bunch of garlic and blending it with mashed potatoes will go a long way and is relatively inexpensive. making several types of dressing can be inexpensive and easy to make large quantities of as well. radishes, cream cheese filled celery sticks, olives, and green onions can make it seem more festive.

Traditional desserts are fairly simple as well. A selection of pie: deep dish apple, mince, pumpkin, and pecan should be sufficient. For something "extra" special, try making "dirt." It is ground up oreos and cool whip and is always a great hit.
Cooks.com - Recipe - Dirt Dessert
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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Just the ideas right now, I might ask for recipe later. thanks

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Do you need ideas, or specific recipes?
BTW, blessings to you for helping those people!
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I would go with goodpastures recommendations, I was thinking of the same thing as well.......seasonings always make or break a meal!
If you need quantity conversions for restaurant portions on the side dishes, let me know!
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:24 PM
 
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thanks, I will

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I would go with goodpastures recommendations, I was thinking of the same thing as well.......seasonings always make or break a meal!
If you need quantity conversions for restaurant portions on the side dishes, let me know!
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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thanks, I will
Happy to help, I help prep meals for a food kitchen for the homeless down here, I have gotten pretty good at converting recipes!
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:18 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Sweet potato casserole. When my students talk about holiday dinners, they always have mac and cheese, so I would add that for the kids. Include ice cream as part of the dessert. If you can, I would also have some cameras on the tables for the families.
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