How to make Sunday dinner for 15 people with a beef chuck roast, baked potato, salad, homemade bread, and cookies menu.
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Sunday nights are for feeding a crowd in my house! You can find my list of large group dinners here.
Every Sunday night since my children grew up, we invite them back to dinner. To make it truly a gathering, we also invite other people. We invite our nieces, nephews and in-laws as well as friends. We aim to have 10-15 people at each dinner just to keep it fun.
So, this series is for documenting the meals I’ve been making, how much food and ingredients I need, and how to modify the dinner for my current health goals.
What I served with this Pot Roast dinner
This meal was prepared using:
- Beef chuck roastServed in a slow cooker
- Kale saladCostco (or another salad kit).
- Baked potatoesAll the toppings.
- Homemade bread(optional, my children love my bread!
- Fruit I had some grapes so I added them to my meal.
- And Chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
For 15 people, shop for the Beef Roast Dinner
Knowing how many groceries and ingredients you need is the hardest part of feeding a crowd. Here’s how I shopped for this meal:
- The Beef Chuck Roast– Typically when I plan meat for a crowd, I like 6-8 ounces (raw) per person. When the meat is cooked down, it becomes just under. 4-6 ounces per person. Then, I’ll round up for the people who want seconds. I bought 7 lbs of Beef Chuck Roast for 15 people.
- For the Kale salad:The double bag was purchased at Costco. I love salads and have a double bag from Costco. 1 cup salad per personEach Kale salad bag contained 8 cups. Therefore, two bags would be enough to feed 15 people.
- Baked potatoes. Normally I wouldn’t serve bread PLUS a baked potato, HELLO CARBS!! I felt that this meal could have used a little more. For baked potatoes, I count one potato per guest. It’s RARE someone will take a second potato. 15 potatoes is the limit!
- For the BreadI count One slice per person and a second for half the guests. Bread and rolls can be funny. Half of my guests eat a second slice. So, I calculated the amount needed to bake the bread. For 15 people, I need 22-25 pieces of homemade bread.
- Fruit– Depending on what’s in season, and what’s in my fridge is what fruit I’ll bring out. I only had a few grapes so I used a spoon that was slightly larger than a regular spoon to put the grapes in a bowl. The spoon’s size can make a difference in how much people eat. A large ladle or serving spoon is necessary to serve a whole watermelon. They’ll probably eat all the fruit, but once it’s gone it’s gone. I had 1 lb grapesFor this meal.
- Cookies! For 15 people, 2 dozen is usually sufficient. . Most people will only take one, while half the people will need a second. I usually take two dozen and send the rest to the kids.
To prepare in the morning
In the morning before a big dinner, I’ll prep the roast, mix the bread dough, and mix the cookie dough.
The Beef Chuck Roast
- I cut the 7 lb Beef Roast just large enough to fit in a slow cooker.
- I added course/kosher salt, brown Sugar, and mesquite seasoning.
- I turned it down and continued to make my bread.
For the Homemade bread
- I doubled this recipe and mixed the dough to make this 3-ingredient bread.
- You can leave it in a bowl and allow it to rise for as long as you like. I usually return to it around 1 or 2, in the afternoon.
Mix the cookie dough
- Last thing, I made the cookie dough. Then, I put it in the fridge to chill for the afternoon.
To make in the afternoon
- In the afternoon, I’ll finish the bread and bake the cookies.
- First, I take the bread dough, divide it into four loaves, then cover it with plastic wrap (sprayed using cooking spray) and let it rise for 45 minutes to an hour.
- While the bread is rising, I’ll bake the cookies.
- After the cookies are done, I wash the potatoes and wrap them in foil. I bake the potatoes for around 1 1/2 hours. Then, I turn off the oven and let them cool in the oven until dinner.
To finish just before dinner
- Just before dinner, I’ll bake the bread (it only takes 15 minutes for each cookie sheet to bake – so baking two pans I need 30 minutes).
- Then, I’ll assemble the Kale salad with the dressing and add-ins. If you need more salad, you can add extra dressing.
- Then, I’ll prep the roast by draining it of extra juices and cutting or shredding it into appropriate size chunks.
Tips to help you lose weight
You can make delicious food for your family and still eat healthy!
This is the menu I used:
- About 3 ounces chuck roast (200 Calories, 21 G Protein, 0 Carbs, 13 G Fat)
- 1 cup Kale Salsa (160 calories, 3g protein, 17g carbs and 10g fat)
- 1 baked potato, 1 teaspoon butter (180 Calories, 4 G Protein, 35 g Carbs, 4 G Fat).
- 4-5 grapes (30 calories, 0 protein, 10 g carbs, 0 fat)
- I skipped the home-made bread.
A grand total of 570 calories is provided by 28 g protein, 56 g carbs and 27 g fat.
Roast Beef Chuck
- 7 pounds Roast Beef Chuck
- 1 Use the following as a guide: Kosher Salt
- 1/4 Cup Brown sugar Loosely packed
- 1 Take one teaspoon Seasonings with mesquite
- 15 Cups pre-purchased salad kit
- 1/2 Cup Butter
- 1/2 Cup Sour cream
- 2 Cups Shredded cheese
- 1 Shaker Salt
- 1 Shaker pepper
- 1-2 pounds Fruit, sliced and served in bowl
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies
Roast Beef Chuck
To fit in a slow cooker, slice 7 lbs of beef roast. Add salt, brown Sugar, and mesquite spice.
Cook on low for about 6-7 hours, then heat it up until you’re ready to eat.
Bake bread, cookies, and fruits as you like.
Then, you’re ready to eat! This meal is actually much quicker than you might think. It’s quick, easy, and everyone loves it!