Costco is the best place to shop if you need to feed a crowd. You can find large quantities of food at an excellent price.
We get to ski this weekend! Woot! Woot!
When we travel, we always try to stay someplace where we have a kitchen. We like to eat in as one of our ways to eat cheap while on vacation.
Cooking for yourself on vacation can save you sooooo much money.
Saving is really important to us this year since we will be cooking for 13!
Yes, you read that right. I’ll be cooking for 13 people and will need to cover 6 meals: 2 dinners, 2 lunches, and 2 breakfasts.
When You Need to Feed a Crowd, Shop Costco!
1. The first step to feeding a crowd is to come up with a menu plan.
Here’s what I’ll be serving:
Friday Night: Hot Italian Beef Sandwiches, Salad, Apple Crisp for dessert
Saturday Morning: Cinnamon Rolls (I make the Pioneer Woman recipe using white whole wheat flour and about 1/3 less sugar) and fresh berries
Saturday Lunch: Sandwich Wraps and Noosa yogurts
Saturday Dinner: Turkey Chili and Baked Potatoes
Sunday Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Bananas
Sunday Lunch: Sandwich Wraps and Noosa yogurts
Snacks: Angie’s Boom Chickapop Popcorn, Sliced Cheese, Crackers, Apples, Grapes, Mini Peppers, and Granola Bars for people’s pockets while skiing.
The first meal will be Friday’s dinner: Hot Italian Beef Sandwiches, Costco’s Organic Mediterranean Salad Kit and a Homemade Apple Crisp for dessert.
It is a great example of how to feed a crowd from Costco.
I needed to plan something really easy because Friday is going to be exhausting (but in a good way!). We’ll be up at about 4:30 am to get the car all packed and loaded. We drop the dog at doggy daycare at 6:30 am before the 2 1/2 hour drive up to the mountains. We’ll ski all day before we check into our VRBO house at 4.
Since we’ll be having such a crazy day, I decided to cook dinner the day before.
I used the Balsamic Beef recipe from my FREE eCookbook Slow Cook Once Eat Twice.
The beef cooks all day in the slow cooker.
Then, I slice it and pack it up with the juices.
When we get ready for dinner Friday night, I’ll just have to warm the beef, toast some hoagie rolls, top the hoagies with beef and provolone cheese and broil them a bit more until the cheese melts.
Here is the breakdown of the cost of this first meal:
2 Beef Top Round Roasts $36.90
2 Organic Mediterranean Salad Kits $11.98
Hoagie Rolls $8.97
Provolone Cheese $7.79
Total Cost: $65.64 divided by 13 people
Cost Per Serving: $5.05!!!
You simply can not eat out for that little money per person at any restaurant!
2. Be Ready To Do Some Work Yourself.
Throwing together a cheese board for a crowd is easy when you shop Costco.
Buy grapes, apples, mini pepper, sliced cheese, and crackers.
Here’s the breakdown of the cost:
Organic Apples $9.99
Mini Peppers $6.49
Red Grapes $9.99
Cheese Tray $8.99
Cost per person: $3.48!
I can almost guarantee you I’ll be able to serve this for midafternoon snack 2x – for a cost of only $1.74 per person!
To save even further, you could look at buying blocks of cheese and cutting them yourselves.
3. When in doubt, grab the big bag of potatoes for $4.99!
One of the easiest, cheapest, and most filling ways to feed a crowd is with a baked potato bar.
I like to scrub the potatoes, dry them, then cook them on low in the crockpot like I cooked these sweet potatoes. (I can fit 8-10 potatoes in one crockpot).
Serve them with chili for a full meal, or just serve them with cheese, sour cream, chives, and crumbled bacon for an easy side dish.
I swear nothing can be easier than baked potatoes in the crockpot!
Have you found any handy tricks for feeding a crowd from Costco?