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Dinner for 35 Teens

My church youth group is having a progessive dinner this Saturday. I am in charge of the main course. Spaghetti is out. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks

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  1. Maybe a taco bar or potato bar with variety of toppings?

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    1. re: Val

      That's a great idea. Have shredded chicken in an enchilada-type sauce, ground beef with cumin and chile powder, and beans, chopped tomatoes, lettuce, onions, jalapeno, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocados and an assortment of salsas. Maybe have both hard and soft shells. That would be done all in advance and would likely please a lot of teens.

    2. I love the taco bar idea but if it sounds a bit too messy for you maybe a Mexican casserole like enchilada (or even a Mexican lasagna). It can be assembled in pans the night before and baked off that evening (and kept in a low oven until ready to serve). It also freezes and reheats fine.

      Not sure how adventurous the kids are but you could also do Mexican or Turkish meatballs and leave them in a slowcooker to stay warm and serve over rice. They stay hot forever without drying out which would be a plus for a progressive dinner.

      1. Love the taco bar idea..between getting taco shells, shredded cheese, tomt's and lettuce with some hot sauce and browning some ground beef..they would love it and so easy to do without a lot of prep work..
        Teens love chicken tenders with ranch dressing too..

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          This I have done with great success, a cross between lasagna and tacos as tacos can be so messy.
          Use tortillas, beef or chicken and make a mexican lasagna, it is a sure favorite, just layer what you want between tortillas, no need to be perfect, top it with cheese then once it baked and cooled a bit, add what you wish to, guacamole, sour cream, peppers, chopped tomatoes if you wish, olives and so forth. It is easy to make ahead also and keeps well.

          Good luck!

          1. re: Beach Chick

            I would use tortillas rather than taco shells - less mess, easier to eat.

            1. re: sarah galvin

              I have never used those taco shells myself..I was just thinking of cooking up all those tortillas for 35 hungry kids..
              Makes me want some tacos for dinner..
              Richelle love your blend of tacos and lasagna!

          2. My aunt always fed us sloppy joes when my youth group came over for pool parties.

            How about a BBQ? Potato salad, hot dogs, pasta salad might be fun. Its beginning to feel like spring here in the NE.

            1. I do baked ziti. Tastes great, can be premade, served room temp, no fuss or mess, and kids love it. Garlic bread on the side and you're done. 35 kids? Hmmm, thirty five bottles of soda ( I don't know where they put it.), and small cups because they forget where they put it down. Oh, and don't forget those big black garbage bags...and about four thousand napkins.