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Cooking for 20+ People in a Boffer – On a budget.

Your Mission –

  • 20+ people to feed
  • You have a budget of $100 or less
  • You ONLY have a kitchen sink and two outlets for a total of 3 plugs
  • You must have coffee on at all times

What would you do?

You Panic.

Then you calm down and say “I can do this.”

Seriously – you can.

Simple center pieces

I’ve been helping out a local boffer game ( as their tavern cook for a few months now, and while it’s a lot to do and a huge investment of time and energy – it’s also very rewarding!  After a long hard day of running around the Colorado Mountains chasing creatures, nothing makes people more happy then a hot meal.  So how is this done?

  • Crock Pot
  • Toaster Oven
  • Commitment

I had a couple of recipes and pieces of advice I wanted to share with other people who participate in these kinds of events.

  • If you can pre-cook it and just heat it up there – do it.  I discovered that quiches are healthy, filling, and can work for dinner OR breakfast.  Here’s the recipe for the Quiche, and the recipe for the crust.  The important part is to keep costs down and still make it hearty.  Of course you can go with a more complex recipe for the quiche or use vegetables as opposed to ham.  That’s up to you!

    Pasta is a great way to have easy sides.

  • Anything canned that can be heated up is awesome.  I like to get canned corn, toss in butter, garlic, spices, salt and pepper and viola! I have an awesome tasty cheap veggie.
  • If you can make it ahead of time AND it’s a cold dish? Double win!  I’m trying out a pasta salad recipe for the first time this weekend and I’m excited about it.  Namely because I can make it, leave it and serve it with no fuss.
  • Remember not to have too many things to heat up otherwise you’ll be stuck with a backup in the kitchen.
  • The Crock Pot.  I never knew how magical this device was until I tried it for a table top gaming session some time ago.  These things are genius.  However it does take up an outlet for a full 6 hours.  I’ll be using my BBQ Chicken recipe again for this event because it’s fast and easy.

You really can do a lot with a little and still enjoy the events of the day!  Planning (and will make your life a lot easier.  If you’ve got a recipe you use for these kind of events I’d love to hear about it!  Feel free to leave a comment in the blog to share your secrets as well!