Every year we have a group of friends out for 4th of July and every year I spazz out on what to cook. This year it's 7 adults and 3 kids for 4 days. I need ideas for 3 breakfasts and two dinners. I have a 8lb pork loin I really need to use if anyone has ideas about that. I am completely stuck.
meals for a crowd
Omelettes and pancakes are always a hit for big group breakfasts. You can have 3 or 4 items (like shredded cheese, ham and baby spinach) for company to choose from, to add to their Omelet.
Also, here in the Low-country we tend to make a Low-country boil (or Frogmore Stew) for big event outdoor dinners. The following is a family recipe that is fantastic for large summer gatherings:
The Captain's Frogmore Stew
3 lbs small red skin potatoes (or any small sturdy variety), halved
4 lbs smoked sausage, cut into pieces
Corn on cob, enough for one cob per person, cut in half
3 lbs shrimps, shell on (deveining is optional)
1 container Old Bay seasoning
Fill an extra large soup or crab pot with water and the Old Bay seasoning and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Next, add the sausage pieces and cook 10 minutes more and then add corn and cook a further 10 minutes. Once you are certain that all ingredients in the pot are cooked thoroughly then you will add the shrimp and cook them NO MORE than 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove potatoes, sausage, corn and shrimp from cooking water and transfer to an extra-large platter. Serve with cocktail sauce and butter.
I don't typically cook pork loin but it sounds yummy to me to find a good rub & roast it. My dh usually smokes pork shoulder.
With either of those I'd like fresh fruit, potato salad, grilled or roasted veggies (usually squash & broccoli tossed in olive oil, garlic & red pepper flake at our house), mashed sweet potatoes, asparagus, green salad or corn on the cob.
I like to do french toast in the oven, cheesy scrambled eggs wih biscuits or migas for group breakfasts.