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Looking for a good idea for a large group (38 people) that is fairly easy and economical. It a dinner for a family reunion.

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  1. Well, it prolly won't feed 38 people, but if added to a buffet of more food.....

    I like to make a Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya. It's economical, feeds a crowd, freezes, heats up well, I can go on and on.

    Let me know if interested, and I'll send you my recipe.

      1. you can do a (I like turkey) chili with lots of add ons like tomato, guacmole, sour cream, cheese, scallions, tortilla chips. Add some jalapeneo corn bread as well. Chili is easy and pretty economical and leftovers can be frozen as well.

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        1. re: amatuerfoodie

          Great call, amatuerfoodie!! Love a good chili...........

          1. re: Phurstluv

            thank you much. I just made my first batch of chili a few weeks ago and it was pretty phenomenal especially since I was pretty much winging the several recipes i was using for one pot of chili. =)

            1. re: amatuerfoodie

              Your first batch?? Oh my, you must be young. I've been making chili since I received my Nana's electric wok in college, thought I was really gourmet!!

              Chili is like that, very forgiving. What type of meat did you use, or was it vegetarian? I love a good beef or beef and pork. For some strange reason, I am not a fan of turkey or chicken chili. Don't know why, love ground turkey and chicken, just not in my chili. And I'm not even from Texas!!

              1. re: Phurstluv

                Hehe, I am 23 =) So I hope that qualifies as young. I've never made chili because no one I know really enjoys it too much. But I believe my first batch of chili won my family over. [I threw in some pretty crazy stuff in there, a cup of coffee, coco powder, honey, peanut butter... i know it sounds more like a dessert recipe than a chili recipe but it tasted great]
                I used ground turkey, and I had some left over turkey burger patties that i diced up and threw in as well (waste not, want not). I don't eat beef so my alternative is ground turkey. I've found turkey to be a great substitute for ground beef in so many recipes and most of my family and friends never even knew the difference!

                I've never had chicken chili, but...I'm not sure if I'd enjoy it because of the texture. I have chili in my mind as the meat should be minced, kind of grainy and melt in your mouth. and i don't think chicken has textures like that at all. =)

                1. re: amatuerfoodie

                  I KNEW IT!!! Hey, don't feel bad, I was about that age when I started making serious food for myself & friends, like chili. Before that, we were just having too much fun being in college and saving $$ for beer, or drinks, in my case.

                  Now, 20 years later, I am still having fun experimenting and cooking for friends, and now family, especially my two boys.

                  Good for you for making something you wanted to make and winning over your family!! And I bet it did taste great, great thing about chili almost anything can go in it....