12/31/08

Cooking for a Crowd - Macaroni Salad

Earlier today I posted a recipe for a casserole that would serve 50 and baked in under 30 minutes for anyone looking for a last minute recipe to serve to a large group of people perhaps gathering for a New Years Eve feast or if you are hosting one tomorrow. I also wanted to be sure to publish these to my collection for future use at graduation receptions, baby showers and family reunions. Recipes for crowds are hard to find and having them quick and easy at my disposal is always helpful.

Well, I liked the idea of having them on my website for 'quick finding' so much that I have decided to add some of the others. I have them in my 'paper files' here in my home but truthfully, I love to bring up my website when I'm cooking and just have my laptop next to me on the kitchen counter.

Without further adieu let's get cooking! Another recipe for a crowd.

Macaroni Salad for 50

3 pounds cooked ham, cubed
3 pounds macaroni, cooked and drained
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag frozen peas, thawed
6 cups chopped celery
1 large chopped onion
1 5-3/4 ounce cans pitted sliced ripe olives

Macaroni Salad Dressing:
1 quart mayonnaise
4 ounces Western brand salad dressing*
1/8 cup vinegar
1/8 cup sugar
1/2 cup light cream
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Make dressing in a separate bowl. Combine all ingredients and pour dressing over salad. Refrigerate.

*I thought this was an interesting addition but it's certainly not a must have. You can leave it out and just use an additional 1/2 cup of mayo if you'd like.
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