1 pot/pan Lunch/Dinner for 20 custodians
I'm a teacher and every year I like to do a christmas meal for the 20 or so custodians who work at my school in 2 shifts (10 in the afternoon, 10 afterschool). For 6 years now, I've made a giant pot of chili, but i'm bored and want to try something new and I'm looking for suggestions.
Here are the parameters:
1. The ages range from 22-65, mostly men...they are not salad-y kinds of men.
2. They're not the most experimental foodies and won't go for something truly "out there"
3. It's north jersey, and many of them have Italian moms, wives, and grandma's who can make a better italian classic than I can.
4. Dish can stay hot in a crock pot, though will have to be re-heated in the microwave if not crock-worthy
5. I'm on a budget and would like to spend less than $40 for the meal
Any suggestions/recipes are welcome
I did a coed baby shower at the office a few years ago and served pulled pork sandwiches. I purchased the meat and sauce from a local bbq joint, but If you have access to a Costco, they sell a tub of smoked pulled pork that's reasonably priced, you'll just need a bottle or two of sauce, buns and maybe some coleslaw or chips on the side.
How nice of you to do something special for these guys, who probably are taken for granted by many! How about a pot or two of hearty soup? I'm thinking New England clam chowder for one, perhaps split pea with ham for the other. Purists will insist that the chowder should not have thickener, but your manly men will prefer a thickened soup. It's less drippy, too. Accompany them with oyster crackers plus assorted crackers and pretzels. IMO, Snyder's Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzel Nuggets are great with pea soup. Maybe some assorted sliced cheeses too.