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Today’s Menu, 3-4-20

Last week we made Jambalaya in celebration of Mardi Gras and the beginning of the Lenten season. For dessert we made our version of the King Cake, using a cream cake mix and adding glaze and decorative sugars. Here’s the recipe for making Jambalaya for a crowd. You can use a spicy Andouille sausage, or just a good smoked link sausage if you want to keep it less spicy for a big crowd, or make some of each. Adding shrimp can also be an option, but since there are so many people out there with shellfish allergies we chose not to add it. We made our batch this time with just chicken and mild smoked sausage.

Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya for 500

Make in 10 full size 4” deep steamtable pans, 50 servings per pan

Per pan:                      Total:

(4#)      40 pounds cooked chicken, white or dark meat, shredded or chopped

(#4)       40 pounds andouille or mild smoked link rope sausage, sliced

(10 cups)                    100 cups diced onions

(5 cups)                       50 cups chopped celery

(5 cups)                       50 cups chopped green peppers

(1/3 cup)                     3 1/3  cups chopped garlic

(8 cups)                       80  cups  (40 pounds) long grain rice

(46 oz or 5 ¾ cup)    57 ½ cups Bloody Mary Mix  or use V-8 juice (10 46 oz cans)

(46 oz)                         10 46 oz cans Chicken Stock

(2 TBSP)                      1 ¼ cup Creole or Cajun seasoning

(1/2 can)                     5 #10 cans diced tomatoes  

Saute sausage over medium high heat, add shredded or chopped chicken to brown.  Divide into  steamtable pans.

Saute onions, celery, green pepper and garlic until tender.  Mix with chicken and sausage.  Refrigerate in pans overnight or proceed to finish recipe.

Add liquids, seasoning, tomatoes and rice to pans.  Cover with foil.  Cook at 350* convection for 1 ½ hours, stirring halfway.  Add additional liquid as needed after stirring halfway through cooking (may need up to 2 more cups of either tomato juice or chicken broth if rice isn’t tender and all liquid has been absorbed.)  Cooking time will be longer if pans were refrigerated overnight.  When rice is done, remove foil and continue to bake pans for an additional 20 minutes if a light brown crust on top is desired.

Pizza Ranch Chicken, 2-5-20

It’s one of our most popular menus of the year at Calvary Lutheran Church when Pizza Ranch brings us their Crispy Ranch Chicken. Our kitchen volunteers will provide the homemade Cheesy Church Potatoes and Salad Bar to round out the meal. For dessert, we’ll have Ice Cream and other frozen dessert bars . Dinner is served from 4:45 to 6:15 pm, followed by worship, led by the Praise Band, at 6:30.

Sometimes politics and casseroles cross paths, and a friend at church shared this fun article with me about a campaign taking advantage of the Tater Tot Casserole to win over voters. A dedicated group of volunteers from Calvary Lutheran has been making our version of this casserole once a month for years down at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission. http://www.cornerstonemission.org/

Here’s our recipe for Tater Tot Casserole for a Crowd:

Tatertot Casserole: 400 servings (40 per 4”deep full size steamtable pan)

80 # ground beef, 90% lean

3 jars French onion soup base

Divide beef into 10 4” deep pans. Divide soup base evenly among pans and stir into beef.  Brown in convection oven set at 275* stirring often until browned, or brown on griddle or on stovetop in skillets.

To beef/soup mixture, add:

10   #10 cans green beans, drained

10   50 oz cans cream of tomato soup

10   50 oz  cans cream of mushroom soup

Mix together and top casserole with:

40# tater tots

3 #10 cans cheddar cheese sauce (107 oz per can)

For each pan use:

8 # ground beef

1 can green beans

1 can tomato soup

1 can mushroom soup

4 # tater tots

32 oz cheddar cheese sauce

Bake for 1 hour at 350* uncovered. Stir and bake another 45 minutes.  Cover with foil and bake another hour at 325*.

Here’s a link to the NY Times article https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/dining/amy-klobuchar-hotdish.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&fbclid=IwAR22w0Nxj6fIwlP5xKpQ8R9qApUQfURulYjszenFMtoutYXeLfRl9fLYK1Q

In case you can’t open it, I’ll do a little cutting and pasting of it here.

Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Taconite Tater Tot Hot Dish, named after a rock mined in the Iron Range of Minnesota, was the star of a house party on her behalf in Newton, Iowa. Credit…Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

A Classic Midwestern Dish Becomes a Talking Point in Iowa
By Kim Severson

Hot dish, the Minnesota-specific church-supper stalwart that cooks in other parts of the country might mistake for a casserole, is no stranger to hard work.

Early versions of the dish — traditionally a mix of protein, starch and vegetables held together with a creamy sauce baked until it bubbles — helped conserve meat during World War I and fed farm families during the Depression. Topped with Tater Tots or mixed with rice, more modern renditions offer working parents an inexpensive way to get dinner on the table after a long day.

Now, hot dish has been conscripted to help Amy Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, win the Democratic nomination for president.

In a series of events that began in New Hampshire last summer and continued this month in Iowa, Ms. Klobuchar has been feeding her recipe, blanketed in Tater Tots, to voters at gatherings the campaign calls Hot Dish House Parties.

The actual making of the hot dish, however, falls to campaign workers. In Iowa, that worker is Andy McGuire, 63, a physician who is also the state campaign chairwoman.

Hot dish has as many variations as there are cooks. Dr. McGuire has made her own version for years, using frozen mixed vegetables, onions, hamburger and condensed cream of mushroom soup, which some Midwestern cooks affectionately call “the Lutheran binder.” It’s topped with Tater Tots.

The senator’s recipe omits the frozen vegetables, adds garlic and tucks the Tater Tots between two layers of shredded pepper Jack cheese.

Ms. Klobuchar’s hot-dish recipe.

Here’s our recipe for another good hot dish, the Cheesy Church Potatoes (Hashbrown Casserole), that we’ll be serving this week.

Calvary’s Cheesy Church Potatoes

Serves 600

Makes 30 half size disposable steamtable pans, 20 servings/pan

120# shredded hashbrowns (24 5# bags), thawed

8# melted butter

12 50 oz cans cream of chicken soup

10# cheese, grated cheddar

18# sour cream

8# diced onions (4 2# bags frozen onions), thawed

16 Tbsp salt (1 cup)

Divide above ingredients into 12 batches: Each batch will fill 2 1/2 pans and make about 50 servings

2 bags hashbrowns (5# per bag)

2/3 # melted butter

1 50 oz can cream of chicken soup

3/4# grated cheese

1 ½# sour cream

2/3# diced onions

1 1/3 TBSP salt

Bake pans covered at 350*, stirring once after about an hour. Cook for about another 45 minutes covered. Stir again, and top with cornflake mixture. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes uncovered until browned.

Topping Mixture for 30 pans:

60 cups crushed cornflakes (about 4 34 oz bags)

4# melted butter

Schnitzel and Kuchen, 10-2-19

It’s October already, can you believe it! The forecast for tomorrow is cold and rainy with a chance of snow in the morning, a perfect day for some German comfort food. Did you know that kuchen is the official state dessert of South Dakota? We order our kuchen from Pietz’s Kuchen Kitchen in Scotland, SD. http://www.kuchenkitchen.com/ Tomorrow we’ll be serving their blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, cherry, peach and cottage cheese flavors.

Here’s a link to a story on the history of kuchen and a recipe for traditional German kuchen from South Dakota magazine. https://www.southdakotamagazine.com/cooking-kuchen

Last week we made 480 servings of Black Forest Cake. It’s moist and chocolaty, with a hint of almond and bits of cherries.

Black Forest Cake

480 servings: 12 cakes in 12x20x2 inch pans.  Cut each in 40 pieces (8×5)

Each Cake: (Make 12 times)

2 pkg (18.25 oz each) devil’s food cake mix with pudding (Total: 24 pkg)

6 eggs (Total: 6 dozen)

2 Tbsp almond extract  (Total: 1 1/2 cups)

2 21 oz cans cherry pie filling (Total: 504 oz, about 5 #10 cans)

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (Total: 24 cups)

Mix together dry cake mix, eggs, extract, pie filling and chocolate chips, and stir until just combined.  Pour batter into greased pan.

Bake at 325* convection for 45 minutes or until center of cake springs back or toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.

Glaze:

Melt chocolate with butter and milk, either in double boiler or in microwave (about 1 1/2 minutes on high).  Stir in sifted powdered sugar and beat until well blended. Spread over cooled cake. (It’s best to do one cake at a time, because glaze will be difficult to spread on cake as it cools.)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 cups)

2 Tbsp butter (Total: 1 1/2 cups)

1/4 cup milk (Total: 3 cups)

1 cup powdered sugar (Total:  12 cups)

Top cakes with cool whip or whipped cream and a maraschino cherry to serve.

Chicken Pot Pie 2-27-19

First of all, I apologize for the lack of menu postings the last 2 weeks due to illness and travel. I probably need to get a blog assistance to keep things current when I can’t get to it. I heard they had about 300 in attendance for each of the last 2 weeks. Sometimes it’s hard to get out when the weather is so cold and icy, but the Wednesday meals and services still go on unless school is cancelled. The church website archives the videos of services that you can watch if you want to see what you missed when you can’t get there in person. Here’s the link to the service last week. The Wednesday school kids sang and Pastor David’s message focused on building relationships within the church https://vimeo.com/318734666 

Menu for February 27, 2019

Chicken Pot Pie, Fruit Salad and Salad Bar

Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake

Here’s the recipe we made for the cakes. We will frost them with pre-made vanilla and chocolate frosting.

Chocolate Marble Sheet Cake

This recipe makes 4 half sheet pans for 120 servings. Cut 5×6 for 30 pieces per pan.

Make recipe 3 times for 360 servings in 12 half sheet pans.

6 cups butter (3#), softened

9 cups sugar

Beat butter and sugar in mixer until creamy.

Add 12 eggs, a few at a time, just until blended after each addition.

Add 4 Tablespoons vanilla

Whisk dry ingredients together:

15 cups flour

6 Tablespoons baking powder

1 Tablespoon salt

Add flour mixture alternately with 6 cups half and half, at low speed, just until blended.

Divide 8 cups of the batter into a separate bowl.  Stir in 1 ½  cups unsweetened cocoa, 1 cup hot water and 1 ½  cups sugar.

Spread vanilla batter into 4 greased  half sheet pans.  Spoon chocolate batter on top and swirl into vanilla batter with a knife.

Bake at 300* convection for 25-30 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

Meatloaf Dinner, 1-16-19

 Wednesday Evening Meal Menu for January 16, 2019

Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Salad Bar

Fruit Streusel Dessert Bars

Dinner is served from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm. All are welcome! Please bring your friends and neighbors, enjoy dinner together and stay for worship afterwards from 6:30-7:15.

We ask that you help us cover the food costs of our meals by contributing whatever you can to our donation jar when you sign in. Our suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Thank you for helping us keep this ministry going.

At the last meal before our Christmas break, we served over 500 people lasagna, salad, garlic bread and black forest cake. The live nativity worship service that followed dinner was outstanding, thanks to our staff and worship team. All of the Wednesday school preschoolers up through 5th graders sang beautifully for us as we heard the Christmas story and watched the angel, the shepherds, the holy family and the wise men gather near the altar. It was a wonderful reminder of why we come each week to learn and worship together.

We had some good help in the dining room too, as we welcomed home some of our college students who pitched in to serve.

The black forest cake was a favorite, rich and chocolatey with cherry pie filling mixed in, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Here’s the recipe:

Black Forest Cake

440 servings: 11 cakes 12x20x2 inch pans.  Cut each in 40 pieces (8×5)

Each Cake: (Make 11 times)

2 pkg (18.25 oz each) devil’s food cake mix with pudding (Total: 22 pkg)

6 eggs (Total: 5 ½ dozen)

2 Tbsp almond extract  (Total: 22 Tbsp)

2 21 oz cans cherry pie filling (Total: 462 oz, about 5 #10 cans)

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (Total: 22 cups)

Mix together cake mix, eggs, extract, pie filling and chocolate chips, and stir until just combined.  Pour batter into greased pan.

Bake at 325* convection for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from oven and cool.

Glaze: Melt chocolate with butter and milk.  Stir in powdered sugar. Spread over cooled cake. For each cake, make 1x. For 11 cakes, make the total in parentheses.

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (11 cups)

2 Tbsp butter (Total: 22 Tbsp)

4 Tbsp milk (Total: 2 ¾ cups)

1 cup powdered sugar (Total:  11 cups)

Top with cool whip or whipped cream and a cherry.

You gotta love Pastor Becky’s Christmas spirit!

Last week we made a meal that kids really loved, and the grown-ups didn’t seem to mind either: chicken strips, mac and cheese, salad and pudding dirt cups.


Here’s the ingredients you need to make 400 Dirt Cups:

Dirt Cups        

10 gallons cold milk, 2% or whole

5 28 oz pkgs Chocolate Instant Pudding & Pie Filling

5 28 oz pkgs Vanilla pudding

10 16 oz containers prepared whipped topping

4 2.5# bags crushed OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, finely crushed, divided

400 paper or plastic cups (6 to7 oz.) or dessert dishes

400 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare chocolate pudding as directed.  Mix in ½ the whipped topping.

Prepare vanilla pudding as directed.  Mix in ½ the whipped topping.

Layer small amount of “dirt”,  vanilla pudding, “dirt”, chocolate pudding, “dirt”. Refrigerate.  Add worm before serving.

Today we made 480 servings of meatloaf, but if you’d like the recipe for your family, here’s the link from a previous year’s post: https://thenewchurchsupper.com/tag/meatloaf-recipe/

If you need to serve a big crowd, here’s the recipe in large quantities.

Mean and Lean Meat Loaf, adapted from Disney’s Family Cookbook

For 480 servings, make the recipe 12 times, divided into 15 shallow steam table pans, lined with pansavers to make clean-up easy, or use disposable full size pans.  Press 3/4ths of each batch into each pan flat like a cake. Combine the other 1/4 from each batch to make 3 extra pans. (We did this because the full 10# batch seemed too thick for the shallow steam table pans.  (If you want, go ahead and make them thicker and just use 12 pans, but they may need to cook a little longer.)  When done, cut into 32 pieces (8×4) for the 15 pans, or 40 pieces (8×5) if using 12 pans.

10# lean ground beef  (120#)

10 eggs  (10 dozen)

5 cups rolled oats  (60 cups)

2 1/2 cups chopped onions  (about 12# diced frozen onions)

1 1/2 cups chopped green pepper  (18 cups)

½ cup steak sauce  (7 ½ cups or 4 15 oz bottles)

2 1/2 cups catsup  (about 3 #10 cans)

5 tsp pepper   (20 TBSP)

2 ½  tsp salt  (10 TBSP)

2 ½ tsp dried basil  (10 TBSP)

2 ½ tsp garlic powder  (10 TBSP)

Sauce for topping:

2 1/2 cups catsup  (30 cups, about 3 #10 cans)

1 cup packed brown sugar  (12 cups)

5 tsp ground mustard  (1 ¼ cups)

Mix ingredients well. Don’t over mix or the resulting meatloaf will be too dense and dry.  Bake at 325* convection for 1 hour, covered with foil.  Mix total ingredients for the sauce and divide evenly on top of partially baked meatloaves. Bake an additional 30 minutes, or until internal temp reaches 160*.  Let sit for 10 min. before slicing.

See you in church! Volunteers are always welcome in the kitchen and dining room. Just stop in and ask how you can help.

Meals Resume Nov 7th

downloadWe are taking off Halloween night from church activities so you can enjoy Trick or Treating with your family.

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See you next Wednesday night for roast beef dinner!

 

A few photos of our pasta meal on October 17th:

Need a big batch brownie recipe?  We made this one 3 times, for 480 brownies.  Only 1 pan leftover after serving 400 people.

Hershey Syrup Brownies

160 brownies

Makes 4 cake pans 20x12x2, cut 5×8 for 40 servings per pan

 

2 pounds softened butter

8 cups sugar

32 eggs

1 #10 can (8 pounds)  Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

8 cups flour

3 tablespoons vanilla

 

Cream butter and sugar together in mixer until well blended.  Beat in eggs, the the chocolate syrup and vanilla. Add flour and combine just until well mixed.  Divide batter into 4 greased cake pans.  Bake at 325* convection for 30 minutes.  Top cake with warm frosting.

 

Frosting for 4 pans:

1 ¼  cup sugar

¾  pound butter

1 ½ cups milk

4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Boil the sugar, milk and butter.  Remove from heat.  Add the chocolate chips, stir until melted.  Spread frosting on brownies.

 

TACO Wednesday! 9-19-18

 

Last Wednesday, we had a good crowd of 400 for our hamburger cookout.  Here’s a look at the dining room scene.  We hope to see you again next week. Bring your friends!

The S’mores Bars were a pretty big hit.  They are really gooey and rich (and a pain to cut), but worth the trouble I think.  Here’s the recipe for 1 pan.  We made 12!

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S’mores Bars  Servings: 576

12 pans/ 48 bars per pan: Make in 12x18x2 inch pans. Cut 6×8

To make 1 pan at a time:

Crust layer:

4 cup graham cracker crumbs

6 TBSP sugar

1/2 tsp salt

12 TBSP butter, melted

Combine ingredients and press into bottom of pan and along sides.  Refrigerate until chilled and set.

Brownie layer:

12 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or bittersweet chocolate chips, may use semi-sweet)

1 1/2 cup butter (12 oz)

6 eggs

2 1/2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

2 tsp salt

1 TBSP vanilla

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave about 1 minute, until melted.  With hand mixer, beat sugar and eggs, then add melted chocolate and beat until smooth.  Stir flour, salt and then vanilla into mixture.  Spread brownie layer over graham cracker crust. Bake at 350* convection for 30 minutes, or until center is set when pressed with fingertip.

Topping:

7 oz marshmallow fluff (marshmallow cream)

2 TBSP milk

Whisk marshmallow cream and milk together, then spread over brownie layer.

8 oz miniature marshmallows

2 cup mini chocolate kisses

4 whole graham cracker boards, broken up

Sprinkle kisses and marshmallows over marshmallow topping, then scatter crumbled graham crackers over the top.  Bake at 350* convection for 5 minutes, or until kisses are glossy and the marshmallow topping is set.  Let cool in the pan, then cut into bars.

 

 

Total ingredients for 12 x recipe:

48 cups graham cracker crumbs  (about 12# graham crackers)

72 TBSP (4.5 cups) sugar

6 tsp salt

4.5 # butter

144 oz  (9 #) bittersweet chocolate

18 cups (9 #) butter

72 eggs (6 doz)

30 cups sugar

24 cups flour

24 tsp (8 TBSP) salt

12 TBSP vanilla

12 7 oz marshmallow cream jars

1 ½  cups milk

24 cups mini chocolate kisses

48 graham crackers

 

The worship service last week included a “Blessing of the Backpacks” for our kindergarteners.  Here’s a look at those energetic and adorable Calvary kids:

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