Summer recipes that will please the whole tribe, no matter how big they are.
Tired of spending hours in the kitchen because the quantities needed to feed your family are so large? Here are tasty seasonal recipes, guaranteed stress-free, which adapt perfectly to the maxi format.
When you are the head of a large family, recipes for pasta with sauce and stews are essential in your recipe book. For what ? The preparation time does not change, regardless of the quantity needed. In this sunny season, this is also the case for gratins and tarts with summer vegetables and fruits. Easy-to-make recipes, infinitely adaptable, which are also easy to store.
For a family lunch outdoors, why not try preparing a giant paella? A sunny dish par excellence, paella is very filling and is served directly on a serving dish, which will avoid spending time in the kitchen setting out the plates one by one.
For dessert, tarts and mousses become our best friends, and can even be prepared in advance, the day before the meal.
Except for special occasions, we avoid recipes that require serving in individual portions, such as toast. Instead, we simply prepare a spread, which we serve in a bowl, with slices of bread. Everyone will be able to prepare their own bite, which will considerably reduce the time spent in the kitchen, but also food waste.
The ideal solution for a large family is to break down the recipes as much as possible. The principle is very simple: you transform your dining table into an improvised buffet, by putting each component of the recipe on separate plates. For example, if you opt for Mexican tacos, there is no need to assemble them one by one. Guacamole, ground meat or chicken, and sautéed vegetables are served separately. This will make it much easier to prepare everything in generous quantities, and each member of the family will be able to create their own taco as they wish. Result: the table is colorful, generous, and everyone is happy. Not bad is not it ?
The perfect summer menu for a large family
As a starter, there’s no need to look further than a tomato carpaccio, garnished with fennel, marinated squid and cuttlefish. A light starter, ready in 15 minutes, which brings a touch of color to the meal. Once the food is ready, arrange everything in a large serving dish, which you sprinkle generously with olive oil. The larger the family, the larger the plate will be, and the more visually appealing the result.
As a dish, there’s nothing like a giant pissaladière to win over everyone. You personalize the garnish according to your wishes, and those of your family, obviously using seasonal products with vibrant and refreshing flavors such as cherry tomatoes or peppers.
For dessert, we love this frozen melon and yogurt mousse. We start the preparation the day before, by placing cubes of melon flesh in the freezer. Then, there’s no need to think about dessert until it’s time to serve. We then take the melon ice cubes out of the freezer, before adding the yogurt and agave syrup. A recipe to enjoy very cold, accompanied by thin slices of melon. Here again, to make things easier, you can simply serve the yogurt in a large pot, and the fruit slices on a different plate.
Tomato carpaccio with squid and small marinated cuttlefish
- 4 people
- Level: Very easy
- 15 minutes of preparation
- See the recipe: Tomato carpaccio with squid and small marinated cuttlefish
- 8 people
- Level: Easy
- 30 minutes of preparation
- See the recipe: Giant pissaladiere
Frozen melon and yogurt mousse
- 6 persons
- Level: Very easy
- 5 minutes of preparation
- See the recipe: Frozen melon and yogurt mousse