With four children, we are used to feeding a crowd. Most days someone has a friend over for dinner or my parents (or a neighbour) are here, so having eight people at the dinner table is very normal. I have been told too many times that I cook to feed a crowd. I figure, even if everything isn’t all eaten that night, leftovers will be handy for the following day. But, when it comes to cooking for the holidays, I always try to stretch my dollars.
Day to day, it’s possible to feed a crowd on a budget if you cook casseroles, pasta, soups or chili. And, using seasonal produce and watching for sales makes it easier than you would anticipate. So when it comes to holiday feasts, it really isn’t any different.
Walmart always has amazing prices around the holidays, so make sure you watch your store flyer!
Recently I was presented with a challenge. Could I feed a group of eight people for $40 shopping at Walmart? I happily agreed, because I knew I could.
In our family you say holiday feast and it usually always includes a turkey. There are few people in my home who prefer ham, so we often cook both to keep everyone content. As you can imagine there are always a lot of leftovers for sandwiches throughout the week. Fresh veggies are also a tradition, and always an affordable option. You can find these easily in the produce section of your local Walmart.
With a little thought I was able to make the following recipes (most were adapted from Walmart.ca)
Steamed Turnip: $2
Oven roasted carrots and celery: $3
Bakery rolls: $3
JELL-O Poke cake: $5
Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham
|1500 g||Great Value boneless smoked ham|
|170 g||Brown SugarPacked|
|1 tsp||Dijon Mustard|
|1 tsp||Orange or pineapple juice (I used orange)|
- Preheat oven to 325 F°. Place ham in a shallow roasting pan just big enough to hold it.
- Roast in centre of oven uncovered, allowing 15 minutes per pound of boneless ham, about 55 minutes in total.
- Stir sugar with honey, Dijon and juice in a small bowl. About 30 minutes before ham is finished roasting, generously brush with sugar mixture. To form a rich glaze, continue brushing with mixture every 10 minutes. Transfer ham to a platter.
- Add any remaining glaze to pan juices. Scrape up all browned bits from pan bottom and set pan over medium. Boil gently, uncovered and stirring often, until slightly reduced, five to 10 minutes. Pour over sliced ham or as needed like gravy. It will keep well up to one week covered and refrigerated.
Roasted Carrots and Celery
- Six large carrots
- Six celery stalks
Wash and slice each. Place in pan with ham before cooking. Allow to cook all together being sure to turn the vegetables over.
Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
|2 lbs||Great Value Potatos|
|0.5 tsp||Club House Garlic Powder|
|0.5 tsp||Club House Rosemary Leaves crushed|
|0.25 tsp||Club House Ground Black Pepper|
|0.25 cup||Butter cut into chunks|
|1 tsp||Club House Parsley Flakes|
- Place potatoes in medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and return potatoes to saucepan.
- Sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, rosemary and pepper. Mash with potato masher, gradually adding milk, then butter. Stir in parsley.
|2 lbs||Fresh turnip|
- Peel and chop turnips into 1/2″ pieces
- Place in pot and cover with water.
- Put lid on and bring to a boil. Turn down and cook for 20 minutes. Turnips are done when they pierce easily with a knife.
- Drain water keeping turnips in hot pan.
- Add butter and salt to taste. Mash if desired
- Serve hot.
Sage-Rubbed Roasted Turkey
|1||Whole turkey 6 to 7 kg, fresh or frozen, thawed|
|1 tbsp||Vegetable Oil 15 mL|
|2 tbsp||Club House Ground Sage 30 mL|
|1 tbsp||Club House Seasoned Salt 15 mL|
|2 tsp||Club House Paprika 10 mL|
|1.5 tsp||Club House Garlic Powder 7 mL|
|1 tsp||Club House Ground Black Pepper 5 mL|
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Place turkey on rack in shallow roasting pan. Brush turkey with oil. Mix sage, seasoned salt, paprika, garlic powder and black pepper in small bowl. Sprinkle 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the seasoning mixture inside turkey. Spread remaining seasoning mixture over entire surface and under skin of turkey. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) water to pan. Cover loosely with heavy duty foil.
- Roast for one hour. Remove foil. Roast two to two and a half hours longer or until internal temperature reaches 185°F, basting occasionally with pan juices. Remove turkey from oven. Let stand 20 minutes. Transfer to platter or carving board and slice. Reserve pan juices to make gravy or to serve with turkey.
To complete the meal I was able to pick up a bag of a dozen white rolls from the bakery for $3. Rolls are great for dipping in gravy and eating with your yummy, festive meal. Since no feast is complete without dessert, I was able to find an inexpensive Poke cake, just under $5 and topped it with slices of seasonal fruit.
JELLO Poke Cake
2 pkg. white cake mix
1 cup boiling water 1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
1/2 cup cold water 1 tub (8 oz.)
2 jars of icing ( we chose cream cheese)
- Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 13”x 9” pan. Cool cake in pan 15 minutes. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2” intervals.
- Add boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water and pour over cake.
- Refrigerate three hours. Frost cake with icing. Refrigerate one hour.
Walmart is a one stop shop for the holidays. A complete feast for under $40! Saving me time and money this year.
You can pick up all the ingredients for this meal from your local Walmart Supercentre and check out the Walmart Recipe Centre for more recipes and inspiration for your holiday table.
When you have to cook a holiday feast for a crowd what recipe you use?
Items and prices are available in Canada only. Prices are accurate at the time of recipe development. Prices, selection and availability may vary by store and on Walmart.ca.
This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the $40 Christmas Dinner for 8 program. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.