10 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes

Dinner, Featured Article, Recipes, Special Occasions
on April 15, 2011

Unless you're a professional caterer, cooking for a crowd can be intimidating. You need a recipe that works well in big batches, casts a wide net in terms of flavor appeal and doesn't break the bank with expensive ingredients. Lobster Thermidor for two is lovely; for 10, it's a burden, both in cost and prep time.

Here are 10 doable, delicious main dishes, sides and desserts that are guaranteed to please while standing out from the crowd just enough to get noticed—and devoured.