This is my first post on CH, but I have lurking for a couple months. I am certainly no expert cook - an interested amateur at best - but I have have derived vast amounts of pleasure from reading the posts and articles here!
I help out with the high school youth group at my church, and we are having our Christmas party in one week. Usually it's pizza delivery for this kind of event but I'd like to prepare a more traditional alternative. Our menu is:
Butterflied roast turkey and pan gravy
Garlic mashed Potatoes
Green bean casserole - using the fresh CH recipe
Simple vegetable soup
Nothing fancy, but better than Little Caesar's! I do have a few questions though:
- Are there any special considerations or tips for butterflying and roasting turkey? I have roasted chickens, ducks and turkeys in the past but these were all intact birds.
- I plan on roasting the birds on a mirepoix bed, then using the vegetables for the soup. Any problems with this? Will the roasting pan retain enough drippings for gravy?
- Can anyone recommend a sharp, acidic, easy side dish - maybe fruit based?
- I've never cooked for this many people (about 50) so are there any general tips for feeding such a horde?