Interesting story on food service in one of the largest food service ministries in the country. To compare it to us, First Baptist of Orlando served 225,000 meals last year (including banquets and other events), while Calvary Lutheran served about 12,000 (Wednesday meals only). They have a 4 walk-in coolers and 8 reach-in coolers…we have a 3 door refrigerator. Kind of puts things in perspective.
Archive for 01/20/2012
Counting this week, we have made 115 Wednesday meals, ranging from burgers on the grill to turkey and dressing with mashed potatoes and gravy. Sometimes we have theme dinners: Chinese, Moroccan, Hawaiian Luau, Greek, Italian, or my personal favorite…Retro Night (complete with Pigs in a Blanket, Deviled Eggs, Jello Salads, Pimento Cheese Stuffed Celery, Chicken Hot Dish, and Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce). Add in the appropriate mood music in the background, decorate the tables as best you can on a shoestring budget, and you can create a little excitement on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday night.
Here’s a recipe for
Hot Chicken and Chips Retro
27 servings per pan, 18 pans 12x20x2. Total servings 486
60# cooked chicken breast strips, diced (3 1/3# per pan)
18 cups chopped green onion (1 cup)
18 cups chopped red bell pepper (1 cup)
9 cups chopped parsley (1/2 cup per pan)
648 oz water chestnuts (36 oz per pan), drained and chopped
36 cups mayo (2 cups per pan)
18 cups sour cream (1 cups per pan)
4 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice, (4 oz per pan)
3 1/3 cups Dijon mustard (3 Tbsp per pan)
13 Tbsp black pepper (2 ¼ tsp pepper per pan)
18# shredded cheddar cheese (1# per pan)
9# potato chips, crushed (1/2# per pan)
Combine chicken through water chestnuts. Whisk together mayo through pepper, and add to chicken mixture. Stir well to combine. Spoon into greased casserole dish. Bake at 375 until warm. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Top cheese evenly with chips and bake until filling is bubbling and chips are golden. May serve with buttered egg noodles.
Buttered Egg Noodles: Make 30# of dried noodles = 375 4 oz servings
(4#/50 servings = 50 4 oz cooked noodles)