Time saving ideas when cooking for a crowd

It’s always nice to catch up with family and friends at home – but who wants to spend the whole time preparing and serving food? We’ve got some great ideas so you can spend less time cooking and more time catching up.

November 25, 2021

Breakfast or brunch

  • Poach eggs in muffin tins. Simply add a teaspoon of water to each section and crack in an egg. Add a bit of salt and pop in the oven until they are cooked just as you like them.  
  • Go one step further and cook breakfast in a muffin tin – spray each section with a bit of oil. Wrap a rasher of bacon around the inside. Break an egg into each section with the bacon and bake until the bacon is crispy, and the eggs are cooked. You could also add cherry tomatoes and/or mushroom slices.  
  • For toast in bulk, slice your favourite bread and lay on a baking tray. Place another tray on top and toast in a hot oven until the bread is golden brown – both sides are toasted at the same time!  

Lunch or dinner

  • Make a batch of chilli or curry using a crock pot. It’s set and forget and will keep warm.  
  • Cook rice for a large group in the oven. The ratio is 1 cup rice to 1 ¾ cups of boiling water. Simply place your rice in large baking dish, add the boiling water, salt, and a knob of butter and cover with foil (or a lid). Cook for about half an hour at 180C until all the water is absorbed and the rice is fluffy.
  • Have a good old sausage sizzle. Pre poach sausages and keep in the fridge until you are ready. Then all you have to do is crisp them up on the BBQ. You don’t have to worry about them being undercooked and poisoning all your guests (not a good look!).
  • Prepare a large platter of ready-made products. Dips, ham, salami, and cheese, along with crackers and bread will make for fabulous grazing.
  • DIY speedy subs!  Buy French bread sticks, slice lengthwise down the middle and fill with meat, cheese, salad (or speedily shred poached chicken breasts with an electric mixer and turn into chicken mayo). Then slice into smaller sections and pop on a platter.  

And finally, you don’t have to do it all yourself.  If people ask whether they can bring something, let them.

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