CATER IT YOURSELF ANYTIME & AND SAVE! By Susan Hutson 2 CATER IT YOURSELF &. AND SAVE!
T T a a b b l l e e o o f f C C o o n n t t e e n n t t s s CATERING IT YOURSELF!......................................................................................................3 EASY HAM ROLLS&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&4 PERFECT CHEESE BALLS&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&.5 MAMA 9S SIMPLE DILL DIP&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&.6 QUICK SWEET AND SOUR&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&.7 MEATBALLS&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&..8 HOMEMADE MEATBALLS&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&.9 SPEEDY BBQ SAUSAGES&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&..10 POLVORONES&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&11 INSTANT PINK PUNCH&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&.12 3 CATER IT YOURSELF &. AND SAVE! Catering It Yourself!
So, you 9ve decided to cater your own party! You won 9t be sorry. It is very gratifying to put something beautiful together and hear all the compliments that follow.
I have personally used the recipes in this booklet to host gatherings ranging from baby showers for 30 to retirement parties for 300. In between I 9ve prepared one or more for milestone birthdays (40, 70, and 80), wedding receptions, and theatre cast parties! The recipes are always a big hit!
I have served from crock pots, sterling silver and crystal. They all work. Just decide how formal you want your event to be, and take it from there.
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decorating. Before you begin, let me remind you that it is always wise to read a recipe or any directions completely BEFORE you begin a project. That way you won 9t get halfway through and say, cOh no, I shouldn 9t have done that yet! d Good Luck, and Have a Great Party!<br><br> Susan Hutson Hutson5@bellsouth.net 4 CATER IT YOURSELF &. AND SAVE! Easy Ham Rolls INGREDIENTS: - 1-Hostess Canned Ham (The one that is a perfect cylinder.<br><br> The meat manager will slice it sandwich thin for you.) - 2-8oz packages Cream Cheese, regular not soft (store brand is great!) - large jar olives with pimentos - 1-box of colored or fringed toothpicks METHOD: Now, the first thing you need to do is make your husband, boyfriend, son, etc. a ham sandwich with the two end pieces of ham. They make lousy rolls and it gets Ahim@ out of the kitchen so you can work!<br><br> Next, unwrap the cream cheese and place it in a bowl on the counter to soften. Drain the olives well, but save the brine for later. Find a nice plastic container to store your rolls in as you finish them.<br><br> If you are only making enough for one platter, you can go ahead and arrange them on a serving plate as you go. Chop the olives into small pieces pimentos included. Mash the softened cream cheese with a tablespoon of the olive brine.<br><br> Keep adding a few drops of brine until you have a mixture that is spreadable, but not runny. Add the chopped olives and stir until uniformly mixed. Now, one slice at a time, lay the ham on a plate, spread about a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture down the center of the ham slice, then roll the ham slice into a tube with the cream cheese on the inside.<br><br> Cut the ham roll in half and stick a toothpick through each half so that it doesn 9t come unrolled. Store in your container or arrange on a serving platter and you 9re done! Notes: I like to reserve some olives to slice and place on top of each ham roll.<br><br> I pick up a toothpick, stick it into an olive slice and then into the ham roll. You can also just place whole olives in strategic places after you are through arranging the platter. The toothpicks are used to serve and eat the ham rolls so no other utensils are needed.<br><br> Stagger the toothpicks in your arrangement so you will have several layers of rolls per platter. I get at least 80 slices per ham or 160 ham rolls. Keep Refrigerated.<br><br> EASY HAM ROLLS (Make within 12hrs of event) 5 CATER IT YOURSELF &. AND SAVE! (These keep well for up to two weeks if refrigerated in airtight containers.<br><br> Make 24 hours before the event so flavors can blend.) INGREDIENTS: - 4-8ounce packages cream cheese - (Regular, not soft) - 2-10ounce packages Cracker Barrel EXTRA sharp cheddar. (Don 9t skimp on the extra sharp, if you buy a milder cheddar you get a very bland result!) - 2 teaspoons onion powder (not onion salt) - ½ teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt) - REAL bacon bits or ground pecans or both, about ¾ of a cup per cheese ball. METHOD: Unwrap the 4 packages of cream cheese and place them in a large bowl.<br><br> Set aside until room temperature. Meanwhile, grate the two blocks of cheddar (Any size between the fancy and regular shred found in the grocery store is fine.) Pour all of the grated cheddar into the bowl with the cream cheese. Add the onion and garlic powder.<br><br> Now, you are going to use your hands to blend the ingredients together until the two cheeses are uniformly mixed. NOTE: I have tried every spoon, spatula, and fork in my kitchen. Nothing mixes the cheeses as well as your fingers!<br><br> If I 9m making the cheese ball for my family, I just wash my hands well and go for it. HOWEVER, if you are making these for a cformal affair d you will probably want to wear a pair of plastic gloves for this job. Next, get a regular dinner plate and pour either bacon bits, pecans, or both onto it and set aside.<br><br> Scoop up half of the cheese mixture. Pat and roll it into a nice round ball. (It will be about the size of a standard softball.) Roll your ball into the bacon bits\pecans until completely covered.<br><br> Set the completed cheese ball onto a plate or serving dish or set it in a plastic container. Cover and Refrigerate until ready to serve. Repeat the process with the other half of mixture.<br><br> These are really good and look great with an assorted arrangement of crackers. (My kids love them!) A cheese knife or a fancy butter knife is best for serving. PERFECT CHEESEBALLS 6 CATER IT YOURSELF &.<br><br> AND SAVE! INGREDIENTS: - 16 ounces of Sour Cream - (Any type: Regular, light, fat free, or a mixture) - 1 heaping tablespoon AReal@ Mayonnaise - 1/2 teaspoon season salt - 1 teaspoon dried dill weed METHOD: Mix all ingredients together until well mixed. Cover and Refrigerate overnight or until event.<br><br> NOTE: Multiply the recipe as many times as needed for large guest lists. I use the 16oz recipe just for home use (six people). You can purchase large containers of sour cream at Sam 9s, BJ 9s, and other cwholesale clubs d very inexpensively.<br><br> For a party, I count each 16ounce recipe as enough for 20 people. Serve cold with any mixture of the following RAW fruits and vegetables sliced into bite sized pieces: - Green, Red, and Yellow Apples (My kids favorite) - Green or Yellow Summer Squash - Carrots (Kids other favorite) - Celery - Cucumbers (peeled or unpeeled and sliced) - Broccoli florets - Cauliflower florets (my favorite) - Green, Red, or Yellow Bell Peppers You can arrange these items in several separate dishes with a bowl of dip in the middle or you can buy a veggie/dip platter. Plastic platters are available in party shops or your local grocery store deli will sell you a couple.<br><br> I don 9t just use this for parties. I keep it in the refrigerator for everyday use. I=ve gotten a lot of carrots and apples in my kids with this recipe!<br><br> Thanks Mom! MAMA 9S SIMPLE DILL DIP (Make at least 12 hours prior to event so flavors can blend.) 7 CATER IT YOURSELF &. AND SAVE!<br><br> INGREDIENTS: - 1 five-pound bag of precooked meatballs - 6-8 ounces of Grape Jelly (cheap stuff works great) - 16-24 ounces of Plain, or hickory BBQ Sauce METHOD: Pour the grape jelly into pot\skillet and heat slowly until melted. Pour in BBQ sauce and stir until mixture is heated through. Note: You can adjust the jelly/BBQ ratio to change the flavor of the sauce.<br><br> More BBQ sauce and less jelly makes tangy meatballs; less BBQ sauce and more Jelly makes them sweeter. Add FULLY COOKED meatballs and simmer until heated through. Reduce heat and keep warm.<br><br> Note: This recipe is a big hit at parties and receptions. Most everyone likes them and the men really appreciate having cReal Food d (a.k.a. meat) there.<br><br> If you are going casual, they cook and serve right out of a crock-pot or electric skillet. If it 9s formal, go to your local rental store and for a few bucks you can rent a silver Sterno server. I 9ve done this more than once and it works really well.<br><br> Just transfer the hot meatballs into the Sterno dish. I prefer the three- section server with meatballs in the two outside sections and BBQ sausages in the middle. These keep con hold d very well.<br><br> Make plenty and keep refilling the serving dish as needed. They also freeze well (sauce and all) for later. Sam 9s meatballs are fully cooked.<br><br> Just open the bag and dump them in, frozen if you like! If you buy a different brand, make sure they are fully cooked or cook them first. Following, is a recipe for making your own meatballs.<br><br> Cook the meatballs first and then proceed with the Sweet and Sour recipe. This is the way to go if you want a leaner product. Prepackaged meatballs are usually a lesser quality cut of meat.<br><br> Also, if you decide to make your own meatballs do it ahead of time and freeze them until the day of the event to keep your stress level down. QUICK SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS (Can be made in minutes using prepackaged, frozen meatballs) 8 CATER IT YOURSELF &. AND SAVE!<br><br> INGREDIENTS: - 1 pound lean ground beef - 2 cup dry bread crumbs - 1/4 cup milk - 2 teaspoon salt - 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce - 1/4 teaspoon pepper - 1 small onion minced - 1 large egg - Heat oven to 400 degrees. METHOD: Mix all ingredients and shape into approximately 36 one inch meatballs. Place in an ungreased pan and bake uncovered 20-25 minutes till center is no longer pink and juice runs clear.<br><br> Note: You will need to multiply this recipe by approximately three to equal a five pound bag of ready made meatballs. HOMEMADE MEATBALLS 9 CATER IT YOURSELF &. AND SAVE!<br><br> INGREDIENTS: - Cocktail sausages - BBQ Sauce METHOD: These are too simple! Just buy cocktail sausages (Lil 9 smokeys) and simmer with BBQ sauce of your choice. I stay away from BBQ sauce that says csmoked or hickory d, it 9s just too much with the smoked sausage.<br><br> These work nicely in the same area as the Sweet and Sour Meatballs, and of course&men love them. SPEEDY BBQ SAUSAGES 10 CATER IT YOURSELF &. AND SAVE!<br><br> INGREDIENTS: - 1 cup REAL butter - 2 cup sifted powdered sugar - 1 teaspoon vanilla - 2 cups all-purpose flour - 2 cup finely chopped pecans - 1/8 teaspoon salt - powdered sugar METHOD: Cream butter, the 2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla. Combine flour, pecans, and salt. Stir into butter mixture.<br><br> Shape dough in 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in 325 degree oven 20-25 minutes till lightly browned.<br><br> Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar. Cool on wire racks, then roll again in powdered sugar. Sprinkle with additional chopped pecans, if desired.<br><br> Makes 36 cookies. Note: These are very simple to make. My daughter loves to make them for parties she is invited to and they are always a big hit.<br><br> For the best flavor use real butter not margarine! Also, follow the directions completely for rolling in sugar and cooling. If you put the cookies into a container still warm, you get a sticky mess!<br><br> These cookies are not overly sweet and go over big with those who don 9t like cake. Also a nice touch at parties where you don 9t plan to serve cake. POLVORONES (Mexican Wedding Cookies) 11 CATER IT YOURSELF &.<br><br> AND SAVE! NOTE: Punch is very tricky because of the mixing of natural and artificial colors. For instance, a while back, I put together a quick punch for a cWelcome to the World d party for my new little cousin.<br><br> Since the new mom was breast feeding, I decided to go healthy. I floated real vanilla ice cream in a mixture of Sprite (no caffeine), all natural 100% cJuicy Juice d, and 100% pineapple juice. The result was the most horrible mud gray mixture I 9ve ever seen.<br><br> It tasted great though! If you ever need a great Halloween punch, I just gave you the recipe. Call it Morticia 9s Hideous Brew and everyone will love it!<br><br> (Now for the real recipe) INGREDIENTS: - 1 two litter bottle Sprite, 7-up, or the generic equivalent (the point here is it has to be clear. Mountain Dew is not clear!) - 1 64 ounce can Hi-C or Hawian Punch: any flavor as long as it is artificially red. I use Fruit Juicy Red.<br><br> - 1 64 ounce can of 100% pineapple juice. METHOD: The day before the event, open the can of pineapple juice and pour it into two or more Jell-O molds, cake pans, even ice cube trays; anything you think will look nice floating in your punch bowl. If you want special shapes, look at candy molds and small specialty cake pans at Joann 9s or other craft shops.<br><br> Put the containers of pineapple juice in the freezer. They need to freeze solid and stay that way until you are ready to use them. Place the containers of soda and red drink in the refrigerator and chill until the event.<br><br> Right before guests are due to arrive, place 2 of the frozen pineapple juice into the punch bowl. Pour 2 of the chilled red juice and 2 of the soda over the frozen pineapple juice. Instant Pink Punch!<br><br> NOTE: This recipe will fill the average punch bowl twice. I count each recipe as enough punch for 15 people. This number can be higher or lower though depending on the location, time of year, time of day, and the availability of other drink at the event.<br><br> My rule of thumb is to have enough ingredients to make this recipe twice per 25 guests. This equals almost 16 ounces per person. It sounds like a lot, but beats running out in the middle of a reception!<br><br> Been there, done that, and finished the reception with warm coke! It is wise to have lots of ice and extra soft drinks available since many people don 9t like punch, and as a backup beverage if you run short. INSTANT PINK PUNCH 12 CATER IT YOURSELF &.<br><br> AND SAVE! ***By the way, we used this recipe for my Grandmother 9s eightieth birthday party and put it in a fountain. It worked very well and was quite pretty flowing out.<br><br> However, all the aeration seemed to flatten the soda quickly. If you are going to use a champagne fountain, add punch more often, in smaller increments, to keep it from going flat half way through the party. <br><br>