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Any inexpensive ideas to feed 30 men dinner?

Re: Any inexpensive ideas to feed 30 men dinner?

  • pulled pork BBQ sandwiches.
  • Sloppy Joes with salad, pasta salad and simple dessert (cookies, caramel bars, lemon bars, etc). 
  • Build your own taco/naco and as a pp said, serve some simple deserts. 

    Just out of total curiosity, what type of party are you cooking for 30 men?

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  • the most inexpensive meal you can do is spaghetti and garlic bread with a salad. you can also get bags of meat balls at costco; i would do 6 meat balls per person. Check the back of the bag to see how many come in each bag so you dont under/over buy.
  • I was just gonna say spaghetti!
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  • My first thought was chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes.  I put peas and carrots in mine so you get a veggie, but you could also do a side salad.

    Spaghetti or lasagna are also cheap alternatives.

  • Grilled chicken leg quarters, potato salad and baked beans (with bacon strips baked on top). . .hearty, but the main ingredients are really thrifty.
  • ditto pasta. and chicken. or something with a lot of potatoes--potatoes are cheap, right?
  • Ditto for the pizza and beer!!

    Chili is cheap and can go pretty far...so is spaghetti.  Rice and daal is another alternative.

  • How about a chili bar type thing.  Make a huge pot of chili then have hot dogs and spaghetti they can put the chili on.  Then set up a station of cheese, crackers, onions, and jalapenos they can top the chili with.

    Hmm, I might have to do this for my next party.

  • I won't have 30 men, but I think 20 on Monday for DH's fantasy football draft at my house.  Our menu:

    Appetizers - frozen meatballs marinated in jelly and bbq sauce in the slowcooker (no supervision needed), chips / dip, peanuts
    Dinner - frozen pulled pork (Costco sells a great package) which I pull apart, marinate with BBQ sauce, and heat in oven for 1/2 hr... this will be served in hoagies.
    Drinks - beer of course... and sodas
    Dessert - last time i baked some brownies, and they were in heaven.  This may be done again.

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  • I 2nd this idea!

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