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Developing game plan for big meal

riotouspink | | Apr 4, 2011 08:48 PM

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.

Day Before:

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?

At party:

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.

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