A "small plate" for 450 people

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  1. Gretebeck

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    We have an RV at a campground/resort in the mid west. On major holidays (Memorial day, 4th of July etc..) they have a a poker run, where people go from site to site around camp for a drink and small plate/appetizer of food. This is getting all out of proportion (started with 40-50 people and latest event was 450). We do not run it, we just participate. We have been one of the sites about every other year and have good success with grilled cheese and tomato soup, but we would like to come up with something new. We have access to griddles (blackstone) turkey fryers, grills etc.. Mexican, sloppy joes, chili, mac and cheese, has been done to death. People have splurged with ribs and Italian beef, but that gets expensive. The people hosting the sites get only a token recompense, but lots of good karma at camp (we killed it last year with 30# of smoked meatloaf at a smaller event).

    We were thinking of going "German" this year and make a big batch of red cabbage (the day before) and have some pork loins sliced thin, breaded, and ready to throw on the black stone griddles as people show up (450 people over 2 hours). We also have canned apple sauce from our orchard so we can add a dollop of that (mini schnitzel, spoon full of red cabbage, spoon full of home made apple sauce).

    This is one of those events where all the easy ideas have been taken, and something new and different is really appreciated and stands out. Any new ideas or comments on what we are planning would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for the comments.
    griddler
     
  2. peachcreek

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    What about doing brats with all the fixings? Baked potatoes? Chicken is cheap right now and there are plenty of 1-pan crowd pleasers out there. Can't go wrong with pulled pork. Roasted corn on the cob? The possibilities are endless.
     
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  3. chefbillyb

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    Pulled pork sliders, mini Sweet & Sour meatballs, Spanakopita ( Spinach Triangles)
     
  4. cheflayne

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    I like the German idea but instead of schnitzel, you might consider sauerbraten because for 450 people slicing is much easier than pounding, breading, and frying.
     
  5. teamfat

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    Schnitzel does sound good, but labor intensive. Maybe something involving pans of noodles and cabbage, pork paprikash or such.

    Mini cottage pies cooked in muffin tins?

    mjb.
     
  6. maryb

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    Brat skewers, slices of brat spaced with onion then served on a bed of kraut. Have a good german style mustard on the side...

    Precook the brats and onions so they are mostly cooked thru and will just need a quick reheat on the skewer. I would grill up the brats in advance, hold in a pan of beer that is just simmering...
     
  7. Patch

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    My immediate thought runs to pulled pork. Cheap, fairly easy to make enough to feed a crowd, can be made in advance and reheated without losing flavor or texture. Pulled pork sliders should make it go a long way and be reasonably easy to serve. Add some coleslaw, pickles, sauce for those so inclined.

    Brats would work too, but the cost of that is going to be a lot higher.

    Just thinking about grilling anything for 450 people makes me tired.