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Need Creative Idea for Large Party

We are giving a large party (100 people roughly). We already have meatballs, chicken salad wraps, pimento cheese wraps, veggie and fruit trays, cheese and crackers and desserts. We wanted a second "hot" option to keep toasty in a warming tray. Our intent was to just get Chik-Fil-A nuggets - until we realized they are $70/ per 25 servings. Whoa! So we are looking for another "hot" option - either chicken or vegetarian that is family friendly. We thought about mini-quiches (we will have access to a regular kitchen oven) but thought they might get soggy in a warming tray stacked on each other.

So... ANY ideas would be hugely appreciated since we need to zero in on this menu soon.

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  1. how 'bout a tray of pulled pork with nice rolls (presliced) or a spiral-cut ham and small rolls so people can make their own sandwiches? sorry these suggestions are neither chicken nor vegetarian...but here comes 2 more meat options for small sandwiches: thinly sliced pepperoni cooked long and low in crock pot with non-seasoned canned tomatoes; sausage and peppers;peppers and scrambled eggs together...

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    1. re: betsydiver

      you can make pulled chicken with thigh meat quite cheaply.

      1. re: betsydiver

        LOVE the idea with the scrambled eggs and pepperoni. My mouth is watering. Thanks!

        1. re: jillfiredup

          Scrambled eggs for that many people are, IMO, going to get pretty yucky (dried out, overcooked) quite fast. With 100 people they're probably going to be mingling and noshing. Just my two cents.

      2. Mini-Spanakopitas (Greek Spinach Pies) are delicious and only need to be reheated.

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        1. two things come to mind

          1) Fried chicken - I love home made friend chicken, holds okay, and goes along with your original intent

          2) Phyllo dough is your friend - along the earlier poster's spanakopita idea- I've done baked chicken dish wrapped in phyllo that you can make well ahead, freeze and bake the day of. Essentially, chicken, mayo, parm cheese, tarragon all chopped up together - put a few tablespoons on a double strip of buttered phyllo and wrap into a triangle (like folding a flag). They are really good. I think I originally got the idea out of the Silver Palate cookbook, but theirs may have been with whole chicken breast (that was a long time ago). It would also give you a little crunch in your food offerings from the flaky phyllo.

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          1. re: thimes

            I would second fried chicken. I think KFC is gross stuff, but you can get 25 servings of fried chicken at Popeyes for much less than the Chikfila nuggets if you don't want to make it yourself.

            1. re: SaraAshley

              I have never tried Popeye's. I might call to get their catering costs. Do you think it would stay crunchy in a warming tray?

              1. re: jillfiredup

                I can't say from personal experience. I usually just eat it soon after buying it, but I've had at it potlucks where it's just been set out with no warming trays. It's fine at room temperature for me.

            2. re: thimes

              Love the idea of chopped chicken phyllo! Or maybe even a caesar chicken phyllo wrap. I might test both this weekend.

              1. re: jillfiredup

                am not sure you want to be baking lettuce for the chicken caesar filling?

                when i make bastilla it's always a big hit.

                if you're making these the normal way, you'd need at least 150-200 single-serves. that's fiddly and time-consuming. rather than folding hundreds of little phyllo packages, you can roll any of these jellyroll style and cut into slices -OR- just bake in lasagne pans and cut and serve right in the pan.

            3. How about a baked potato fixings bar?

              1. I like the fried chicken idea too.
                Here's another. . . .
                Buffalo Chicken Dip

                3-4 cooked boneless/skinless chicken breasts, shredded with a fork
                or 2 10-ounce cans chunk chicken, drained
                16 ounces cream cheese
                1 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing
                ¾ cup Frank's Hot Sauce
                1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
                Place shredded chicken and hot sauce in a pan. Mix and heat thoroughly. Add cream cheese and dressing. Mix and heat thoroughly. Add half of the shredded cheese and mix until melted. Put in a small crockpot and add the rest of the shredded cheese on top. Serve this with chicken crackers, celery sticks, and bagette slices. This gives you the taste of buffalo chicken wings without the mess.