Greek Dinner for 100?

It has been a few days since I’ve posted, but I do have an excellent excuse.  When we lived in Moosonee many years ago, Mrs. Canuck and I were on the Ducks Unlimited Committee and every year in February there is a dinner and auction for fundraising for Ducks Unlimited Canada.

While on our trip to Barrie and Orillia, my aunt who is the co-chair of the committee, called us and dropped the thousand dollar question.  “Would you be willing to do the dinner this year.”  I can’t say I was surprised, as it was mentioned before; but now an answer was required and all I could muster was “I’ll call you back”.

30 minutes later, we had a menu idea and called back to say “Yes, we’ll do it”.  The remainder of the 300KM to Barrie was further discussion of the menu for over 100 people.  We were settled on a decision and planned a Greek dinner theme.  Ideas of souvlaki, rice were tossed out but the final decision was:

  • Olive Bowl
  • Greek Skewer with feta, tomato, spinach, and olives
  • Greek salad with romaine lettuce, red onion, tomatoes and cucumber
  • Greek pasta salad with feta, peppers, olives,  tomatoes, and cucumber
  • Herb roasted chicken
  • Roasted diced potatoes, skin on
  • Baby carrots in a honey butter glaze
  • Pita and tzatziki

I had my camera with the new lens on it and all set to take some photos as we moved along.   As my luck would have it, I forgot the memory card in the laptop but I managed to get a few photos with my iPhone.

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Feta, Olives, Cucumber, Spinach and Tomato Skewers made by the Duck Committee.
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My first dinner cooking for 100 and also cleaning, cutting, and roasting 50lbs of potatoes.
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Over 260 pcs of chicken, seasoned and ready to be baked in the oven.
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Fresh vegetables for the Greek Salad, clean, diced and sliced.
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Warming the pita, over 80 pitas brushed lightly with butter and warmed in a pan.
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The final plate of all the Greek goodness.

This was our first experience having to plan and execute a menu for over 100 people and while at times it was stressful, all the time it was enjoyable and most of all we had fun.

It would have not been possible without Granny Canuck and Mrs. Canuck working together to help with the menu, cut, wash, dice and bake.  Mrs. Canuck worked her magic with desserts of carrot cake and cream cheese icing and Granny Canuck made her fantastic fruit salad which was the first to go.

This morning having coffee with the D.U. members, we were already discussing the menu for next year, the 30th anniversary and already looking forward to the 2018 event.

 

The Trio Slider Brothers

So a cow, a pig, and a chicken walk into a bar and the bartender phones his chef friend to make him some amazing sliders.

We’ve all made burgers before, pulled pork sandwiches and no one could agree on what one to make.   We did the next best thing, make three sliders!  A smoked pulled pork slider with homemade BBQ sauce, a Buffalo Wing slider and a Beef Burger with homemade bacon jam to finish it off.

Big shout out to Mrs. Canuck for making the slider buns homemade!  Apparently, you can’t find slider buns in the middle of winter in Northern Ontario.

Read below for all the details you need to pull off your own slider party.

Pulled Pork Slider

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Even at -20, the Bradley Smoke ran like a champ.

Step 1 – Make the pulled pork or beg for some pulled pork.

  • large pork butt or shoulder
  • your favorite pork rub
  • smoker
  1. Bring pork to room temperature and rub seasoning over pork
  2. Follow smoker instructions and smoke pork for 6-8 hours
  3. Put pork in oven tightly covered at 300 for 3-4 hours until it pulls apart tender with a fork.

Step 2 – Coleslaw

  • package coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of celery seed
  • 1 tbsp of sugar, we like our coleslaw very tart, adjust to taste
  • dash or salt and pepper
  1. Put vinegar, celery seed, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Pour hot over the coleslaw mix and stir.
  3. Place in fridge for 2-3 hours to soak up all the flavor.

Step 3 – BBQ Sauce

There is only one BBQ sauce we use in the house when it comes to ribs, chicken and pulled pork.  It’s one I’ve been using for 10+ years and here is the recipe.

  • 1 onion, diced fine
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/3 cup apple juice or apple sauce
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  1. Cook onion with a little bit of oil till it’s soft, about 5 mins.
  2. Add all other ingredients and simmer on low for 20-30 minutes stirring every so often as not to burn.

Step 4 – Assembly

  1. Split your slider bun and toast with a little bit of butter on a hot pan.
  2. Add pulled pork and drizzle some sauce on the top.
  3. Top with coleslaw.
  4. Enjoy!

Bacon Jam & Smoked Cheddar Burger Slider

Step 1 – Bacon Jam

  • 1 lbs bacon
  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced thick or thin, you choose; we like thick.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup strong coffee
  • 2 – 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until cooked but not crispy, it needs to have some give to it.
  2. Take out the bacon and drain most of the bacon fat, leave 1 tbsp to start the onions.
  3. Return pan that the bacon was cooked in and set to medium heat and cook onions for 8-10 minutes
  4. Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and cook for 20 minutes until onions are caramelized.
  5. Add coffee, vinegar, and cooked bacon to pan and cook until it resembles a thick jam, stir every 5 minutes.  This should take 10-15 minutes.
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The “bacon” shot.

Step 2 – Burger

I typically don’t do anything to my ground beef when making burgers.  I believe you need to let the meat speak for itself, no eggs, no bread crumbs, just beef and good old fat.

  • 1/2 lbs ground beef for 6 slider burgers
  • smoked cheddar cheese
  • bacon jam from above
  • 6 slider buns
  1. Take medium ground beef and form into a patty.
  2. Heat a frying pan medium-high heat, season burgers with salt and pepper and place in pan.
  3. Fry burgers until the juices run clear, living in Canada we cook our burgers to well done, just don’t go WELL done and turn them into hockey pucks, eh!
  4. Sprinkle the cheese on the burgers to get melted and gooey.

Step 3 – Assembly

I’m pretty sure you know how this goes, but just in case you don’t.

  1. Split bun and toast with a little butter in a hot pan.
  2. Put cooked burger and cheese on the bun.
  3. Put bacon jam on the burger.
  4. Put the top on bun, burger, jam and squash down.
  5. Eat.

 

Buffalo Chicken Slider

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The chicken just out of the oven and ready to get pulled apart.

Step 1 – Shredded Buffalo Chicken Breast

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 cup Franks Buffalo Wing sauce, 1/2 cup to cook and 1/2 cup once shredded.
  • Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing.
  • Slider buns.
  1. Add chicken, onions and 1/2 cup Frank’s Buffalo Wing sauce to a slow cooker or heavy dutch oven.
  2. Cook for 4 hours if using a slow cooker on low or 300 in the oven for 2 hours.
  3. Take chicken out and shred using two forks.
  4. Put chicken back in the pot and add the other 1/2 cup Frank’s to the shredded chicken, keep warm until you are ready to plate.

Step 2 – Assembly

  1. Same as above sliders, toast the buns with a bit of butter in frying pan.
  2. Pile on a good serving of chicken to the slider bun.
  3. Top with blue cheese or ranch dressing.
  4. Put the top on the bun.
  5. Last but not least.  Eat!

 

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The completed plate of beef, chicken, and pork!