Whenever I do a rice dish, I will steam about 650g of cubed chicken in the top layer of the Varoma and veggies in the bottom. I automatically did that when I got my Thermomix because that was how chicken I used to add to my dishes, so I knew it was enough to feed us. The rice basket is deceiving also - when it is filled with cooked rice it is more than enough - up to 400g of rice is how much you can add to the basket.
The mashed potato recipe makes heaps - we don't normally eat 1kg of mashed potato so I usually lessen that for us. But here is an example for you of how you can just alter a recipe to suit a larger crowd.
Do 2 batches of something that is quick, and have all your food prepped together so you just pop the first batch in the Thermoserver while you cook the second batch.
For entertaining a larger crowd, have a couple of different dishes to serve with rice for variation and choice. Eg, I do a Thai theme, or Indian dishes, so just 2 of each to serve with rice. Again, the Thermoserver is ideal!
If you have kids coming, make up some homemade pizzas for them - if you use toppings that don't need cooking in advance, you can have your dough rising earlier, have all the topping chopped and ready to pop on and put in the oven 20-30 minutes before the guests arrive. Eg, ham and pineapple, corn kernels, capsicum, mushrooms, olives, even green prawns, and just use some tomato paste for the base and a generous sprinkling of cheese.
We almost always just add more quantities than the recipes whenever they ask for meat, chicken, prawns etc etc. Just make sure if it is mincing, that you do 2 batches to stay under the processing weight suggestions in the front of your Everyday cookbook so you don't overload the blades.
This is based on the Fast Chicken Curry recipe from the Everyday cookbook, made for a larger quantity, and less curry paste to make it very mildly spicy rather than quite spicy.
2 cloves garlic
1 onion, peeled and quartered
50g red curry paste
2 x 270ml cans of coconut milk (Ayam brand is good and comes in 270ml cans
4 potatoes cut into bite size pieces
650g chicken (I use organic thigh pieces) diced in 2-3cm cubes
200g mixed veggies of choice (cut into small pieces - eg small broccoli florets, sliced carrots, peas whatever you like)
2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves (optional)
1. Chop garlic and onions 4 seconds speed 5
2. Add oil and curry paste, sauté 3 minutes, 100C on Speed 1
3. Add coconut milk and potatoes and cook for 10 minutes at 100C Reverse + Speed Soft
4. Add chicken and veggies, cook for 17 minutes at 100C Reverse + Speed 1 (add longer if need to cook through a bit more)
Can add coriander with 3 minutes remaining.
Pour into Thermoserver (you could add a small amount of baby peas into Thermoserver also and stir through curry)
Cook rice as in Everyday Cookbook
|More than you would normally add, but it cooked down|
into the sauce and was fine - see notes 1 and 2
1. I pushed the Thermomix to it's max - the veggies when first added, sat above the max line in the bowl. By the time it was all cooked, it was sitting a tiny bit over the line.
2. Because I put so much more food in, I increased the speed to speed 1 rather than speed soft because it was struggling to stir it consistently at speed soft.
3. Add more curry paste if you like spicy!
4. If you want even more food, why not steam extra veggies while your rice is cooking?
|Single layer of peas defrosting in Varoma while chicken|
is cooking - see note 5
|I really have resorted to quick and easy pics on the iPhone|
and I know they aren't great, but better than nothing!
Curry doesn't look appetising, but was yummy, easy and healthy!
So this is just an example of a yummy, quick and easy curry to feed a larger family!