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I'm on the food committee for the next 3 months (Jan, Feb, March) at one of the local clubs I belong. It is food for the meeting night.

Any ideas on what I can serve, that is good and cheap (just the way shooters want it)? LOL

I'm limited by the clubhouse, it only has a 4 burner stove and oven just like in your home.

We usually have anywhere from a low of 25 to a high of maybe 45. Average crowd usually around 35 I would say.

We charge $3 per person.

I'll probably go deli lunch meat and chips for 2 of the months but would like to make something decent for the 3rd month, I'm on duty.

Thought about brats, but the grill is outside and at this time of year it could be below zero.

Anyway if you have any ideas for cheap food that shooters like, let me know.
 

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I do not know where you are from but if you know some one that can make a good goose or chicken and sausage gumbo. We have had that at my club when we shoot annie on Sunday. Make a large pot before hand and just heat it up with rice and french bread.
 

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Chili, Baked Lasagna, Roasted pork loin, Meatloaf, Baked brats, Deep fried fish and potato wedges, Deep fried or baked chicken thighs and legs, Saurcrout and pork, mac & cheese with ham, baked ham, baked loaded potatoes, sloppy joes, Taco's, Beef stew.

You can kick out a lot of burgers and dogs on a large electric Goerge forman grill or two, keep them warm in the oven or stove top in a big foil roasting pan.

Some fairly enexpensive electric roasters are nice, a few big crock pots are nice for sides and main dishes. Many members own deep fry turkey units able to handle large amounts.( we chunk up a lot of wild game, batter in all kinds of mix from beer to cajun or drakes mix.

You can pre buy some of these dishes, pre made from resteraunt supply chains like Gordon foods, ready to go in the oven. Also large cans of sides like baked beans,peas, carrots, corn, green beans, bag salads and rolls,ect... also commercail packages of paper and plastic settings.

A lot of work for one guy.
 

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Try "Taco Soup". Seriously, you can feed 25 to 30 people for a buck and they love it! I make it once in a while for groups at trap shoots and it goes like crazy.

Here is the recipe for 24 people...

Ingredients:
8 pounds ground beef
4 (1.25 ounce) packages taco seasoning
mix
6 cups water
4 (15 ounce) cans mild chili beans
4 (15.25 ounce) cans whole kernel corn,
drained
4 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed

and drained
4 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
4 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with
green chile peppers
4 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chilies
4 (1 ounce) packages ranch salad
dressing mix

(I personally like to substitute all diced tomatoes instead of the stewed...I think its easier and better...your choice.)

Directions:

You have this recipe's ingredients to yield a new amount (24). The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield (6).
1. In a Dutch oven or large kettle, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally

I serve this up with taco chips, sour creme on top and some grated cheddar or Mexican cheese. Cornbread is a favorite in our house with this great cold weather dish.

If you want the recipe for 4-6 people here it is:

ngredients:
2 pounds ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
mix
1 1/2 cups water
1 (15 ounce) can mild chili beans
1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn,
drained
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and

drained
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with
green chile peppers
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
1 (1 ounce) package ranch salad
dressing mix

Same cooking instructions as above ... just use a smaller pot!

Enjoy,

Bob
 

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Some grocery stores might supply you with a meat platter that usually consists of sliced Turkey, Roast beef, Ham and several different types of cheese. Just add mayo, mustard, butter and rolls or bread and you have an easy lunch. Larry Evans
 

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Bribe the kids who take out the meat that has turned brown from the meat section. That is meat that is just fine, but goes to rendering and to cosmetic makers on the cheap. It is a wasteful shame. I'm kidding on this, but sometimes I have thought "if only I had the inside track and a huge freezer..."

Big supermarkets are super wasteful.
 

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agreed! meaty chili, meaty brunswick stew, meaty spaghetti. and lots of bread, crackers and bread sticks. you get the idea. good luck with it
 

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One of the lowest cost and best liked snacks/lunch/dinners we have tried is a taco bar. The trick to making it pay out is putting the meat in the tortillas ahead of time (people tend to overload them if left to their own desires) and letting the guest fill in the rest with what ever sides you have. A few pounds of ground meat goes a long way, usually you can feed 4 on one pound of meat. Outside of that cost, you need to have the usual assortment of shreaded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes etc. Appeals to most everyone and you should be able to do it for under $3 per head.
 

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We have tried lots of things. The hamburger or deer & elk chili always go good. We have had very good luck with spaghetti & meatballs also. We always have wild game meat sausage at every shoot for munchies ( free) we very seldom charge for food.
 

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Stouffers makes some large sized lasagna you can cook up in the oven. A few of them along with some chili or Hot Dogs will take care of a crowd.
 

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pulled pork with BBQ sauce is my personal favorite at a club. You can do the pork at home the day before and warm it in the oven at the club.
 

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Hey Bob,

I got the recipe for Taco Soup from Wade and Ann over at Hogg Heaven back in 2002 and we serve it at our Feb shoot @ Cherokee every year. At least 20 people ask for the recipe every year. That's a great crowd pleaser in cool weather. Thanks for putting the recipe up here for everybody to use.

Hey leadhead,

MRE's??? (meals rejected by everyone) LOL


Dave
 
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