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One Pot Meal recommendations for party

  • 30-09-2022 2:53pm
    Registered Users Posts: 689 ✭✭✭


    Myself and my siblings take turns at hosting lunch the week before Christmas. This always includes light bites, something for the kids and then a 'dinner' for the grown-ups and we have a great day and we all look forward to the tradition every year...

    Includes about 10 adults and a dozen or so kids!

    All of the light bites are fine and my go-to one pot easy to reheat and serve at any time dinner is a chicken curry. It is a very nice curry but I am wondering are there any other equally handy one pot dishes to feed about 10 people conveniently like a curry? I don't mind putting in the work beforehand but I don't want to be spending 90 minutes cooking when everybody is here already...

    Thanks, Mike


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,865 ✭✭✭Dave_The_Sheep

    Chili con carne. Goes well with a lot of things, baked potatoes, rice, tacos, etc. It's also fairly labour unintensive - just takes time low and slow.

    Beef bourguignon.

    Chicken casserole with winter veg and bacon/mushrooms.

    Sausage stews/casseroles. Can pair with lentils, potatoes, other veg etc.

    Pulled meat dishes can be paired at the last second with lots of things as well. And you've alot of styles to choose from.

    Similarly with meatballs in whatever sauce you choose.

    I suppose it's a question of what meat you want, then decide what type of sauce thing you want to go with and you've a wealth of mix and match options.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 2,776 Mod ✭✭✭✭Black Sheep

    The last time I hosted about 10-20 people for a lunch, the approach I took was to do food in a bun and salads on the side.

    So I had brioche buns, and there were two options people could serve themselves from:-

    • Barbequed chicken with no marinade, just salt and olive oil
    • Barbequed Asian chicken... I used a soy, rice wine vinegar, sugar, garlic and oil marinade, a recipe from Diana Henry
    • Pulled pork which I prepared the day before, served in a mother sauce... A slow-cooked pork shoulders that I pulled and applied the sauce to

    Then on the side I had 2-3 big bowls of salads that the missus did... A slaw, a pickled salad and something Avoca style.

    Couple of deserts bought-in or made and bob's your uncle.

    On the day I only had to worry about BBQing the chicken. The pulled pork was done they day before and just needed to be reheated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,623 ✭✭✭StupidLikeAFox

    How about paella? This one is an impressive one pot wonder and you can make it in advance or slow cook, just add the rice in when 20 mins before you are serving

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,711 ✭✭✭✭anewme

    Not one pot per se but into one dish and ready for the oven.

    The Avoca chicken and brocolli bake is good for events like this. Have them ready before hand and then just into the oven.

    Lasagne also good - serve with salads - would do a meat and a veggie one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,981 ✭✭✭✭odyssey06

    And some fresh baguettes \ bread basket to go with it, especially if it's something people will want to mop up the sauce off their plates...

    "To follow knowledge like a sinking star..." (Tennyson's Ulysses)

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 2,776 Mod ✭✭✭✭Black Sheep

    If making lasagne, and you want to try something different and also save yourself a lot of time, it's worth doing Bill Granger's ham and artichoke lasagne... The recipe is available widely, for example

    Essentially instead of having to make a meat sauce, and a bechamel sauce, you're doing a lasagne that's based on using chunks of ham, artichokes and torn up mozarrella balls.

    If you use good quality artichokes from a jar, in oil, and enough mozarella and ground parmesan, it'll be plenty moist. Kind of tastes like a pizza lasagne.

    It's a huge time-saver, although for the ham you probably want to quickly roast or boil a ham and chop it up, rather than using ham from a packet or anything. You'll still come out way ahead.

  • Registered Users Posts: 175 ✭✭Larry Bee

    Try the Pulled Pork from the Cooking Club - dead easy and very impressive.

    If you like curry, the Massaman curry, also from the Cooking Club, should be easy to bulk up to feed a dozen people.

    It got rave reviews there. 😀

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,899 ✭✭✭Cluedo Monopoly

    Please send on your chicken curry recipe.

    Google 'Boards Chicken and Chorizo' - great one pot dish.

    What are they doing in the Hyacinth House?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,652 ✭✭✭Patsy167

    I find its best to stick to the old reliables when catering for a large crowd. Make a homemade version of any of these and you can't go wrong -

  • Registered Users Posts: 689 ✭✭✭Mike2006

    Thanks to all. Some great options provided. Much appreciated.

    I will add my chicken curry recipe here on Monday.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 480 ✭✭hargo

    Donal Skehan does a chorizo and fennel fish stew which is very easy. You can make the base the day before in a big pot , heat it up and 5 mins before you want to serve add the assorted fish, serve with warmed crusty bread and aioli.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,122 ✭✭✭✭Mr.Crinklewood

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,711 ✭✭✭✭anewme

    Sounds lovely but I’d say too specialised for a crowd pleaser.

  • Registered Users Posts: 689 ✭✭✭Mike2006

    Chicken Curry (one pot)

    Ingredients (serves 4)

    4 chicken breasts cut rough into 4 or 5 pieces

    1 large onion (halved and sliced)

    3 cloves garlic

    3 peppers (red/yel/grn) - cut rough

    I carrot - cut into small batons

    4 or 5 mushrooms

    2 potatoes, cut into ~1inch pieces (bitesize)

    Tin of chopped tomatoes

    1/2 Tin of coconut milk

    1/4 Tin of chickpeas

    200g pot of natural yoghurt

    1/2 jar of curry paste (I usually use pataks jalfrezi)


    I use a large Le Crueset dish for the whole lot

    Fry off chicken, add onions and pressed garlic and fry off for a few mins.

    Add peppers and mushrooms and soften.

    Add carrots and chickpeas and potatoes and sautee for about 10 mins.

    Add tin of tomatoes and curry paste and some chilli flakes if you want a bit more heat at this point.

    Put on low heat for 1.5hrs.

    Add coconut milk and stir through - simmer again for 20 mins.

    Add yoghurt and stir through and simmer.

    Put rice on (I use Basmati usually) and when the rice is ready then it is ready to serve. It has been cooking for about 2 hrs at this point and the chicken is really tender.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,511 ✭✭✭foodaholic

    a lamb tagine is always an easy dish to have prepared the day before

    serve with couscous

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,473 ✭✭✭Tipperary animal lover

    Lamb biryani... Nadiya Hussain recipe, quick easy and full of flavours, just multiple the amount for number of people and if not spice lovers cut back on the chilli, it's a dish i seem to be asked to make a fair bit for people( i let them buy the the lamb pieces of course).

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,993 ✭✭✭✭neris

    This is one of my go to one pots. Lamb orzo. You can add extra veg of your choice but the meat needs to be lamb for the flavour.