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cooking for 100 in an 18 qt roaster
Heather Overmyer
12/02/13
I have to cook 80 4 oz chicken marsala, 80 Bourbonbrown sugar glazed 4 0z pork loins. I want to do this in an 18 qt roaster, and serve it out of it. Can you tell me how not to dry it out by cooking it too early? Thanks
ellen
12/02/13
Heather, a roaster can handle about 60 servings (18 pounds), not 100, and you are looking at about 50-55 pounds of food with sauces. 3-4 roasters...

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Heather Overmyer
12/02/13
so how long should I cook them for? I feel a little out of place as I usually do app bar and dessert bars for wedding not buffet meals. I am following you guide as to how much for fruit and salad and such. I hope I am not over doing the amounts. This is for my church so I am only charging $10 a head.
We are serving 100 buffet style and the menu is:
Apps
Fruit and Vegetable (grapes-red and green, strawberry's, melons, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes) might be more in season.
Salad (lettuce, carrots, cabbage, cheese, croutons) 3 dressings
Meatballs(Swedish

2 Entree's
Bourbon Brown Sugar Pork Loin
Chicken Marsala

Sides
Mashed potato
Corn
Green beans

Dessert:
2 crisps (apple and cherry)
Chocolate raindrops
Macaroons
Cookies

ellen
12/02/13
Hi, Heather,

I have an excellent recipe for chicken Marsala for 100 here:
ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/oamc/chix1.html#marsala
It has both amounts and methods.

If you do 2/3 of this recipe and a similar amount for the pork, you will have plenty for buffet- some left, but not much. You absolutely do need more than 40 pounds raw for buffet servings for 2 types meat.

Since it will not be a single layer meat, it will take about 45 per pan. DO preheat the roasters 20 minutes before inserting the meat; everything should be thawed; heats faster if the sauce is hot.

Mashed potato- 40 pounds raw
Corn- 24 pounds
Green beans- 24 pounds

Heather Overmyer
12/02/13
Using your recipe for the Marsala do I still need to brown each piece of meat before finishing it off in the roasting oven?
This helps me out so much!!!
ellen
12/02/13
It is MUCH better that way- you can brown day before and refrigerate...
ellen
12/02/13
By the way, if it hits 165 in the center of the pan before you are ready to serve, turn roaster to 180.
Heather Overmyer
12/03/13
do you know of a good Bourbon brown sugar glazed pork loin recipe? I am using 4oz porkloin chops w/o bone.
ellen
12/03/13
This is a trendy food these days. Do a web search- bourbon brown sugar pork- and take your pick.
Heather Overmyer
12/03/13
If I can fit 60 (4oz meat) in a roaster what temp for how long should I cook them? I am talking about Pork raw that has been marinated for 18 hrs?

Also using your Chicken Marsala recipe, how long from start to finish should I brown the chicken then put 60 in the roaster for how long? What would be the max time at what temp to put the cooked chicken in the roaster?

ellen
12/03/13
5 minutes each side to brown chops. Preheat roaster to 350 at least 20 minutes, cook at least 1 hr 30 minutes, until done:
Internal temperature must reach 145 F. or higher for 15 seconds. Hold for service at 140 F. or higher.

Read the wedding chicken recipe for help on timing, it's about the same. Again, if the meat is hot and the sauce is hot, it cooks faster. Both these meats are tender, so you are just cooking them safe.

Heather Overmyer
12/06/13
Ok so I bought by accident the 4oz chichen breat pieces but I didn't buy the Flat ones!!! I don't have time to pound out the 96 of them and brown them. Will they be ok in your Marsala recipe?
Heather Overmyer
12/06/13
How do I cook 24 lbs frozen Whole Green beans in the roasting oven? tomorrow at 6:30 is party.
It is 3:32pm on Friday here. Is that something you can do day off or day before? I was going to do simple garlic parm on them.
ellen
12/07/13
Chicken,that's too bad, do what you can. Check temp in center of pan.

You can cook beans in one roaster, but I like top of stove.

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