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Meet my Darling Sous Chef – Jake

Meet my Darling Sous Chef – Jake

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Meet my new Sous Chef, Christmas present and 22 pounds of darling love – Jake!

What do you think?  Isn’t he just adorable?  He’s my Christmas present and 22.5 pounds of needle-sharp puppy teeth just looking for stray recipe cards to happily shred to bits.  I have NEVER said the word “poop” more often in my life!  And what’s worse, I’m doing it at 3:00 am in the morning.  In sub-zero temperatures.  In the front yard.  At the top of my voice  (so as to be ignored over the howling wind).   POOP DARN IT JAKE, POOP.

POOP!  POOP!  POOP!!!!

I’m sure the neighbors are now REALLY wondering what’s going on over here…

Cute Puppy Jake

Here’s the most recent pic of him.

Notice that wet spot on my brand-new carpet over Jake’s shoulder?   That’s AFTER the mess has been cleaned up.

Being a labrador, Jake really LOVES water.  He is especially fond of the jacuzzi.  Filled or not, occupied or not.  I thought you might like to see just what we’re dealing with.  Enjoy.  And stay tuned.  I have a lot of great recipes coming up, including a wonderfully flavorful Tortilla Soup and Tiramisu for a Crowd (or just you).

 

ENJOY THIS DARLING PUPPY VIDEO

And stay tuned.  I have a lot of great recipes coming up, including a wonderfully flavorful Tortilla Soup and Tiramisu for a Crowd (or just for you!).

Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

Aloha Dreams

Explore Aloha Dreams

Things to do Big Island of Hawaii
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EXPLORE

If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

Easy Delicious Oven Roasted Potatoes for 50

Easy Delicious Oven Roasted Potatoes for 50

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Wonderful easy Make-Ahead Roasted Rosemary Potatoes for 50

Oven Roasted Potatoes

What’s not to like.

There’s no peeling, and just a bit of chopping.  You can make this up to 2 days in advance.  It re-heats beautifully. And the ultimate test of a great large group recipe?  I’ve had several people say, “Wow.  I’m going to make a smaller version of this for my family.”

Perfect.

You’ll be using two large (13 x 20 x 3) aluminum roasting pans for each batch to serve 50.  Here’s what they look like in one of the pans fresh from the oven.

Potatoes for a Large Group

You can also make these for a smaller crowd (like your family) on a sheet pan just as easily like I’ve done below.  They are FANTASTIC.  (Disclosure: I really love, love potatoes, so I’m not even remotely a fair judge.  But rumor has it, these are very good.)    The Family-sized recipe follows the Potatoes for 50 recipe.

Potatoes for a Large Group

I first made this recipe for the 150 person cast and crew of our church’s production of Savior of the World.  Three of us each made one batch (one batch uses two aluminum roasting pans) to serve 50.  That means for 150 servings we had 6 large (11 x 9 x 2 1/2 inch) heavy duty disposable aluminum roasting pans full of potatoes.  You can use a different size pan as long as you don’t use a deeper pan which will increase the cooking time.  If you are making more than 2 pans in one oven it will also increase the cooking time by about 15 – 20 minutes.

Multiple members of the cast and crew came back for seconds on the potatoes and when we were done there were none left.

Mission accomplished.

The seasonings make the potatoes!

The biggest problem most people have with potatoes, especially potatoes for a crowd, is they under-season them.  Potatoes take a lot of seasoning to really taste good.  In my large group recipe, I call for:

  • 1 tablespoon dried, chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

for each pan of potatoes.  Don’t worry, that’s not too much.

You can certainly use white or yellow onions if sweet are not available.  Often white or yellow onions are smaller than the sweet onions, so I’d pick up 3-4 more if you’re using white or yellow.

Pin for Later

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Or Make Now.

Oven Roasted Rosemary Potatoes for 50

 

5 from 2 votes
Roasted Potatoes and Onions
Roasted Potatoes and Onions for a Crowd
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Yield: 50 (4 to 5 oz.) servings 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 50 people
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 11 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes (or other yellow potatoes) cut in 1-inch chunks or wedges
  • 10 large onions , chop in large pieces, (you can use white, yellow or sweet)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil to coat vegetables - Divided between 2 pans
  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary rough chopped - Divided between 2 pans
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt - Divided between 2 pans
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder - Divided between 2 pans
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper - Divided between 2 pans
Special Equipment
  • 2 (11 x 9 x 2 inch) aluminum roasting pans
Instructions
  1. Instructions:
  2. Chop unpeeled potatoes and onions into large (1 inch sized) pieces.  

  3. Divide chopped potatoes and onions between 2 large aluminum roasting pans. Pour 1/4 cup oil over each pan of vegetables.  Toss the vegetables to coat them with the oil.

  4. Sprinkle each pan of potatoes with 1 tablespoon kosher salt, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1 tablespoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss again to distribute seasonings.  Roast at 350 degrees for an hour. Stir the vegetables two or three times during the hour.  When an inserted fork meets with no resistance the vegetables are done.

MAKE AHEAD NOTE:
  1. Can be made up to 2 days in advance, covered, and refrigerated.  When ready to serve reheat, UNCOVERED, in a roaster oven on high until hot (about 15 - 30 minutes), stirring several times - - - then REDUCE HEAT to low to hold for up to 2 hours.  

 

Family-sized Oven Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

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Roasted Potatoes
Oven Roasted Rosemary Potatoes - Family Sized
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Betsy Edwards
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes cut in 1-inch chunks or wedges
  • 2 large sweet onions chopped in large pieces
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place a rimmed sheet pan in the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a large bowl.  Peel and chop the onions in large pieces and add to the potatoes.

  3. Add the oil to the bowl with the potatoes and onions and toss until the vegetables are well coated.  Evenly sprinkle with the salt, pepper and rosemary and toss again to evenly distribute the seasonings.

  4. Carefully pour the vegetables onto the sheet pan and spread out into 1 layer.  At 15 minutes and again at 30 minutes, stir with a spatula to change sides of vegetables in contact with hot pan.

  5. Roast in the oven 45 minutes to 1 hour or until potatoes are fork tender, brown and crisp.  Remove the potatoes from the oven, season with salt to taste and serve hot.

Here’s some additional large group potato recipes.

Hash Browns for a large crowd

And everything you need for a successful Potato Bar.

Potato Bar for a large crowd

Want more delicious large group recipes?

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Asian Lettuce Wrap for a Crowd

If you’re looking for a healthy recipe for your family but are tired of salad, these Pork & Ginger Lettuce Wraps are for you. They are really easy and really fast, on the table within 30 minutes from start to finish. But the best part of all is they are REALLY good! Whip up a batch for your family this week, they’ll LOVE them.

Sausage, Egg and Cheese Sliders for a Crowd

You'll love this sweet and salty breakfast. It will have your house smelling so good your family will be waiting at the table, at least mine was! A few simple ingredients and a few minutes in the kitchen give you an extraordinary breakfast big enough to feed a crowd.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

These mini Ham & Cheese Sliders are easy to make and your family will love them! Whip some up this week. They will be DEVOURED faster than you can imagine.

Best-Ever Chunky Chicken Salad

Your whole family will love this Best-Ever Chunky Chicken Salad recipe. It's hands down the perfect go-to chicken salad for sandwiches for a quick delicious lunch or a light supper. It takes hardly any time to pull together. The sweetness from the grapes always makes it a favorite with kids! Crowd version included, too!

Peaches and Cream Bars

It's time for some peachy, juicy, crunchy, brown sugary goodness of summer. These melt-in-your-mouth moist, Peaches & Cream bars are a perfect dessert to celebrate summer.  The crunchy, brown sugary crust just sends them over the top. The 'peach pie' smells coming from your oven will lure you to try a bite (or a pan) for yourself!

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Aloha Dreams

Welcome to Aloha Dreams!

I'm so glad you dropped by.  I'm Betsy.  Here you'll find my favorite fabulous, trusted recipes - everything from delicious, quick meals for your family to wonderful classics made easy.

I'm also here to help you with large group recipes from 20 to 200.  So next opportunity you get to cook for a large group - Say 'Yes!'  Then relax. I've got your back.

Ever wished you could build your dream home? How about building your dream home in a tropical paradise?  Join me, room by room, as we design and build a fabulous dream home in Hawaii!

Explore Aloha Dreams

Things to do Big Island of Hawaii
Dream Home Bathroom

EXPLORE

If you're planning a vacation to Hawaii, I've got you covered on the very best places to go!   From many amazing restaurants to incredible adventures in the surf and on land, this is your go-to source for unique and exciting things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Or just take a Virtual Vacation!!    Let's go!

SAY YES!

If you've been asked to cook for a large group activity, be it a Girl's Camp or a Graduation Party, say Yes!  I'm here to help.  From Menus to Game Plans to Recipes, I'll help you keep on schedule and turn out amazingly delicious food if you're cooking for a crowd!  My recipes are tested and trusted.    Let's cook! 

AHONUI

Ever wished you could build your dream home?  Like amazing house design and home building ideas?  Me too!  Join me as I design and build a home on the Big Island of Hawaii. Follow along while I design each room. Enjoy a front row seat for the entire amazing construction process.  Let's play!

PARTY

Would you like to throw a Luau, but not sure where to start?   Want to know how to build a tiki bar and roast a pig?  Here's everything you need to have a luau.  How about a Christmas Feast or even a fabulous dinner for your neighborhood supper club?  You've come to the right place.    Let's party!

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