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Jan 4, 2012 01:07 PM

Disposable Chafing Dishes - How To!?

I am hosting a small gathering this weekend and plan to have a Mac 'n' Cheese and Chili Bar (with tons of toppings for guests to customize their own).

I plan to cook chili in a pot and transfer to the disposable chafer, however I am not sure how to do it with the Mac 'n' Cheese, because it will have a bread crumb topping thus transferring it from a baking dish to a the . Can I cook the Mac 'n' Cheese in the half pan and then just put it into the chafer?

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  1. Yes! KaTu, just bake your mac n cheese in a disposable 1/2 pan, and then fit into the chafer pan with small amount of water in the bottom to keep hot w/out burning.

    Be sure you put something UNDER the gel burner (a saucer, etc. ) so your tabletop is protected from burns.
    Be sure you check the depth of your baking pan vs. the depth of your disposable chafer, so they are compatible.

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    1. re: gingershelley

      +1 and start with boiling water when you fill your chafer pan. If you put in cold/room temp water it can take a long time to heat it up with just the gel burner and your mac and cheese will get cold in the meantime.

      If you're doing chili you can also consider dividing it between a few 1/2 pans, covering with foil, and keeping warm in a low oven. That way you can easily swap out the old and new and have a "clean" kitchen/rather than having a pot on the stove.

    2. I usually use two or three of the full-size pans with the water in them, stacked, to help diffuse the heat a little better and to avoid scorching on the half pan if the water runs low.