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cooking for large group in short amount of time

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Hello-

We cook a full meal for about 130 people at our local Ronald McDonald House each year.  In the past we have made briskets, homemade mashed potatoes, parmesan crusted chicken and other sides   They love it as they get tons of chili, pasta, pizza and yearn for a homey, comfort meal.  We've been advised that ALL food preparation needs to be done on-site, which makes brisket pretty impossible- let alone the prep for the chicken, peeling 40# of potatoes, etc.  We have about 3 hours on the day of to make this meal.  Any suggestions of meals which would be similar in concept to our normal meal, but practical for preparing in about 3 hours.  Thanks so much!!!!!

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What are the facilities equipped with? How have you been preparing the brisket? How about the chicken, what have you been using, whole or pieces? Boneless skinless breasts should be able to be prepared and cooked in 3 hours. Use Yukon gold potatoes and do skin on mashers.
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There are 5 public kitchen stations with glass top electric stoves. There is one "professional" cooking station with a 6 burner gas cooktop and double electric/convection ovens. Sometimes we have them all..other times not. They bake very irregularly and slow...especially bad if you use both racks..even on convection. Brisket...friends recipe...onion soup mix, ketchup, salt, pepper, caroots celery, onion, beer....cover and roast at 300 for 3-4 hours then cool completely before slicing so hard to do given the constraints. The chickEn is boneless beasts cut in half...dipped in butter then flour then egg wash then mix of parmesan cheese and Panko crumbs. I usually prep the night before but can't do that anymore. If there wasn't 130+ people I could maybe do it...oh.plus dead of winter so no grilling. Already a stressful day for bus as we do this to honor our sons memory on the anniversary of his death so I am really freaking out a bit
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Cut the brisket into smaller pieces (about 2-3# pieces) and still your use your same method. After it is in oven do the chicken, should have plenty of time. Take deep breaths. Talk to your son. Share fond memories about him. Godspeed. You will do fine. Thanks for what you are doing, it is an inspiring and very caring undertaking.

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@karenp,

You can get the group schedule and get in touch with a group before. You can the piggyback with them to do your prep one day and finish the next or get room to do some prep with the lunch group. Lunch usually doesn't require use of all the equipment. Good luck and thank you for giving back

Jeff

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Thanks everyone!!
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@karenp,

Just curious, are you in Dallas? If so, I'd love to help.

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Awwwww....no but thank you so muchoose for that!
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