Hello! I am making food for a surprise party. I originally agreed on serving food for a reasonable number of people (like 15) and this has kind of spun out of control and now I am feeding about 27-30 people (invite has been live about 3 days and I have 19 RSVPs).
I am 25 and a novice home cook. I am pretty good...amazingly good for someone my age when my peers still rely on frozen food from Trader Joe's, but I'm incredibly nervous and still very inexperienced. Here is what I am thinking of doing. I need a lot of tips and feedback. Also, some questions are posted below.
1. Make Ina Garten's Fried Onion Dip (store in fridge overnight)
2. Make Ina Garten's Herb Dip (store in fridge overnight)
Oven roast pork shoulder/Shred. Questions: If I buy a 17 lb pork shoulder at costco, is that enough to feed 27-30 people. It is boneless, so could I cut it up to cook it? I made pulled pork a few weeks ago (on bone, 5 lbs) and it took 6 hours to cook. Refrigerate overnight.
3. Bake 1 red velvet cake (11 x 13 pan). Frost, cut, flash freeze so frosting firms up, stack up in tupperware containers in freezer overnight. At party, unstack cake and let set at room temperature.
Day of party:
1. Bake second red velvet cake. I need to travel about an hour to the party (accounting for traffic), so I want to frost at the site. Questions: If I do a crumb layer and then freeze for a few minutes before doing the second frosting, should that be okay? My mother says it is impossible to frost a cake several hours after baking (she says you must do it just after cooling).
2. Mix cole slaw.
3. Make baked beans (not from scratch, but from canned beans so I can do it all in one day)
4. Make mac & cheese. Question: Should I half-bake it at home and then finish it off on site (again, I will travel about an hour in traffic)? Or should I bake it entirely at home and keep in warm oven at site before party starts?
1. Defrost cake no. 1.
2. Keep warm mac & cheese (see above).
3. Place pulled pork in slow cooker to warm up (do I need to conserve some pan juices for this? Or just pour in BBQ sauce?)
4. Frost cake no. 2.
5. Warm baked beans in low oven.