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Breakfast for 25 People

I have a family reunion next week and I'm in charge of making breakfast for 25 children and adult ages 2yo to 70yo. I need food & drink ideas that are easy to make. Also, I only have limited access to a refregirator/freezer because the reunion is at a cottage upnorth. We plan to leave on Saturday morning, but the breakfast that I'm in charge of is not until Monday morning. Please help!

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Thank you all for your great ideas. I decided to do bagels, scramble eggs, sausages, hash brown, fruits, and orange juice. Thanks again for all your help! :)

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When we go camping, we like to make "baggie omlettes". You get heavy duty (freezer) QUART SIZE ziplock baggies, crack 2 eggs into each baggie. Have a variety of omlette ingredients out in bowls (like diced ham, shredded cheese, chopped onions, chopped peppers, mushrooms, spinich....etc). Each person adds to their bag whatever ingredients he/she prefers. Get as much air out of the bag as possible, then have them mush the bags to break the yolks and mix the ingredients. Then you write each person's name with a permanent marker...put them into a pot of boiling water for 13 minutes, and they're done! They roll right out of the baggie onto a plate and they're delicious! Kids love it because they are involved in the process. If the pot is large enough, you could cook 10 baggies at a time. Good luck!

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All of the egg dishes are great ideas. How about bagles and cream cheese to go along with it (healthier than donuts or danishes). You can also buy precooked bacon that does not need to be refrigerated. It only takes about a minute to cook in the microwave (if one is available).

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When we go camping, we like to make "baggie omlettes". You get heavy duty (freezer) QUART SIZE ziplock baggies, crack 2 eggs into each baggie. Have a variety of omlette ingredients out in bowls (like diced ham, shredded cheese, chopped onions, chopped peppers, mushrooms, spinich....etc). Each person adds to their bag whatever ingredients he/she prefers. Get as much air out of the bag as possible, then have them mush the bags to break the yolks and mix the ingredients. Then you write each person's name with a permanent marker...put them into a pot of boiling water for 13 minutes, and they're done! They roll right out of the baggie onto a plate and they're delicious! Kids love it because they are involved in the process. If the pot is large enough, you could cook 10 baggies at a time. Good luck!

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Hi S.,

You've received some great ideas...I just want to add an idea we used at a church brunch. We set up a separate area "just for kids" and had big bowls with mini boxes of cereal, fruit and grain bars, granola bars, bananas, and juice boxes. The kids loved being able to serve themselves and the parents loved not having to carry around an extra plate! It needs no refrigeration and you can transport it easily.
I love the idea of muffins and fruit that many of the ladies had. Have fun!
J.

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Ways to do eggs for storage... if you do eggs scrambled, you can crack them at home and put them in a container that seal well, (large orange juice container for ex-wash it well) and they will travel very well and store great. if you are making a frittata or soemthing like that, you can have the ingredients prepared ahead ( rip the bread, cut the veggies, cut the cheeses), then all you have to do is put it together the night before and let it sit overnight. I was on a camping trip and the lady did the eggs like this and made scrambles eggs. Just a thought.

All of the egg dishes are great ideas. How about bagles and cream cheese to go along with it (healthier than donuts or danishes). You can also buy precooked bacon that does not need to be refrigerated. It only takes about a minute to cook in the microwave (if one is available).

You can get dry ice at Meijer and it will last in your cooler much longer. What if you pick up muffins from Costco or Coffee Cakes? THere are also great coffee cake recipes in Joy of Cooking. Bagels would not have to be kept frozen and you could bring cream cheese. It is easy to put together cheesy potatoes as well, if you can keep the ingredients cold in your cooler. Good luck!

I've made this breakfast casserole for large groups and it's always been a huge hit:
1 package of Jimmy Dean Sausage (in a roll)
10 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups of light cream (half and half)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
16 oz. of bread, broken into small pieces (yes, this is 16 slices of bread)
4 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz. of shredded swiss cheese

Cook, crumble, and drain the sausage - set aside. Grease a 9x13 pan well. Place the bread pieces in the pan. Sprinkle the sausage and two cheeses over the bread. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour over the bread, sausage, and cheeses. Refrigerate overnight. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees or until golden brown.

But of course this only works if you have an oven... You can cook the sausage ahead of time and then transport it in tupperware along with the eggs and cheese, storing them in a cooler for the weekend. Then you would assemble the casseroles (this recipe makes one 9x13 casserole - you may need 2 or 3 total) the night before and bake them that morning... I make this casserole every time we have a work breakfast pot-luck and it's always the first item to go... It can be supplemented with muffins and/or bagels from Costco or Sams (like many others suggested).

Do you have the use of crock pots or an electric roaster?
My suggestion would be to make a ton of scrambled eggs and keep them warm in a crock pot. Just make a batch at a time till the crock is full. Eggs shouldn't go bad if kept in a cooler. If you don't have access to a stove you could bring an electric frypan.
You could also do the same with smoky links or other breakfast saugage, just cook/heat and put in crock to keep warm. The smoky links or sausage could be frozen and then put in a cooler.
Fresh fruit would be good. Just bring a big watermelon or two and cut up in wedges. Grapes, oranges, apples, or bananas would work too. If you needed to you could keep them in a cooler.
If you have a toaster available you could just put it out and have some different breads and maybe english muffins or bagels with some various toppings like butter, peanut butter, honey or jelly. You could let them make thier own as they want it.
You could also bring some yogurt, that would keep well in a cooler too.
Something sweet like muffins, danishes, or donuts. Just freeze the night before you leave and store in a cooler then set them out the morning of the breakfast.
For drinks I would do O.J., coffee, or water. I wouldn't risk milk. Hope this helps and have fun at you reunion!

Wow...

Breakfast casseroles are our standby dish when we need to feed a crowd, they are easy and a big hit with every age. Problem is, you'll need to refrigerate it until you have a chance to bake it. Will you even have access to an oven? Any chance you can buy the groceries Monday am or Sunday pm and store them in a cooler? What about assembling them ahead of time at home and keeping them on ice in coolers?

Just a few ideas off the top of my head...good luck!
~L.

Hi S.,
I don't know if access to any kind of sternos and chaffing dishes. My husband is a chef and he's made a few big breakfasts in his time. He put scrambled eggs in a chaffing dish and put a sterno under it so it stays warm. He did the same thing with sausage and potatoes. You could make bisquits when you are ready to eat and let them dig in. Also quiches are good and feed a lot. Fruit is a good idea. If you have a big waffle iron that could be a possibitly because waffles are easy to make plus mine makes 9 at a time plus takes about 3 minutes to make. Good luck.
Chris

I say make quiches and fritatas. They are filling and easy to transport.

You could have milk and cereal for the younger ones, bring a couple dozen donuts, bananas and other fruit. If the cottage has a coffee pot, then there's one drink and also water and juice boxes are good for anyone. I have a family reunion at my house every year and we have about 75-100 people camp out all weekend and we cook breakfast on an open fire, it is awesome. We cook toast, bacon, eggs, sausage, milk gravy,etc... Just remember to have fun.

I just had a huge amount of people to cook for too. I made muffins in advance and got a lot of fruit. It was a lot and everyone loved it. as for drinks i took water jugs and took the frozen juice and made it that day.

hope that is some help.

A.

If you're looking for super easy, both Costco and Sam's Club sell these AWESOME jumbo-size muffins in a variety of flavors. They're so big that I normally cut them into quarters and arrange them in pretty baskets. They look good and they're always a hit! Good luck.

Well, I made breakfast for 30 people the day after my siters wedding and we had grits, toast, waffles, eggs, hashbrowns, breakfast meat, and eggs. Out of all of those the waffles really only need water, but I used milk. The meat & eggs must be refigerated but the hashbrowns could be kept in a cooler and grits and bread needed no refridgeration. Fruit would be a great starter or garnish also. I hope this helped.

Sam's has several kinds of frozen breakfasts that you could unwrap so it is more compact and put into a pan, take it in a cooler and back to the freezer or just the fridge, depending on space available when you arrive. We take breakfast to church frequently and one of our favorites is the sausage wrapped in a pancake on a stick...like a corn dog. It would be great for kids. They heat up in about 20 to 30 minutes, unfrozen. Take a watermelon, which has its own "container" and really doesn't have to go in the fridge. Get some of those cute mini-muffins at the grocery store, some syrup for the dogs and away you go! Sounds like great fun!

I have two recipes that are crowd favorites and easy to make, one is sweet and one is egg-y!
the egg one you assemble the night before, throw it in the fridge (or cooler) and bake it in the morning...it's a ham and cheese strata...the other is a cinnamon french toast casserole...super good and easy...made with pillsbury cinnamon rolls!
message me back if you want the recipes.
you could transport all the ingredients in a cooler until the day you need it...so fridge space isn't necessary

S. I do catering and what I suggest is that you get danish and GFS sells process eggs that are actually delicious. all you have to do is put the sleeve in hot waater, meaning the bag ,chop them up when ready to serve and you are good as far as that. You also can buy pre-cooked sausage warm the same way, add some friut, some cranberry juce and oj with ice and you should be good. Let me know what you think I can walk it through for you along the way.

I just helped organize a breakfast for 450 at my son's school for his graduation and this is what we did. Bagels, cream cheese, hard boiled eggs, jelly, fruit trays, donuts, coffee, tea, chocolate milk and regular milk.

Okay - the problem you've got is the fridge - if you buy cream cheese and eggs I'm guessing there'll be room to store them in the fridge - or maybe you can get them up north on Sunday if space is going to be tight. Bagels are of course best fresh but if you get them from Costco on Friday I think you may be okay if you check the dates on the packs you get - I think they are meant to stay fresh for longer. Boil about two dozen hard boiled eggs on Friday night, pack them in a cooler, and then put them in a bowl in the fridge when you get up north. Bring a selection of summer fruits - melon, berries, peaches etc - and cut them up last thing Sunday evening. Get some donot holes to take up north - kids like those too. Good luck!

Scrambled eggs and bacon. Or, if you must, sausages. Eggs take up little space, so a couple dozen would fit. Same with a couple pkgs of bacon. A few cans of Orange Juice, or to save frig space get a few cartons. The water might be yucky up north so some Minute Maid in a cooler would work.

Have a nice reunion!

I always like the make your own breakfast wraps....
Eggs...
Tortilla shells
smokey links
salsa
shredded cheese
and fruit (cantalope or honeydew)

Hi S.
That would be a ton of pancakes, so I started thinking breakfast breads, muffins, some cereal. But your breakfast being monday the breads could get moldy unrefrigerated. If you have a big cooler you could use dry ice! So now you could do breads.... heres a link I found
http://www.bbonline.com/recipe/breads.html
Good luck! A. H

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