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Big-batch food and drinks that make throwing a holiday shindig almost too easy

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

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Make it once and enjoy the rest of the night

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Make it once and enjoy the rest of the night

Sure you can host a party — just cook a big batch of somethin' and invite everyone over.

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Spiked peach punch

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Spiked peach punch

Make a big bowl of this punch for your party — your guests will think it's peachy keen.

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Big-batch pineapple sangria

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Big-batch pineapple sangria

Keep out winter's chill with a big batch of this sunny, tropical pineapple sangria.

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Mediterranean couscous salad

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Mediterranean couscous salad

The best part of this Mediterranean couscous salad is the fact that it goes with almost any main dish.

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Chicken Parmesan sliders

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Chicken Parmesan sliders

Make a pan of these chicken Parmesan sliders and feed happy party guests all night long.

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French dip sliders for a crowd

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French dip sliders for a crowd

Juicy, cheesy and meaty, these French dip sliders are what party-goers' dreams are made of. 

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Chicken-stuffed French bread

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Chicken-stuffed French bread

Serving a crowd doesn't get easier than making this chicken-stuffed French bread

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Oven-baked spicy chicken tacos

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Oven-baked spicy chicken tacos

Spice up your holiday gathering by serving a few pans of these baked chicken tacos

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Ribollita soup

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Ribollita soup

Warm your guests right up with a big pot of this Italian ribollita soup

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Sheet pan ratatouille

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Sheet pan ratatouille

Served on toast, over polenta or tossed with pasta, this sheet pan ratatouille feeds a crowd.

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Sheet pan fajitas

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Sheet pan fajitas

Mix things up at your next party by serving sizzling sheet pan fajitas instead of the same old fare. 

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Big-batch Chinese beef

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Big-batch Chinese beef

Wow your party guests by serving up plates of this hearty, flavorful and slightly spicy Chinese beef.

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Big-batch sausage and beans

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Big-batch sausage and beans

Add a side of cornbread or biscuits and this big batch of sausage and beans is a fun, filling party meal.

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Spaghetti squash casserole

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Spaghetti squash casserole

Healthier than most casseroles, this spaghetti squash dish is perfect for a crowd.

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Smothered green beans

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Smothered green beans

Whip up a batch of these smoky, salty green beans to accompany the main course at your holiday dinner party.

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Beer-braised pulled pork

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Beer-braised pulled pork

Serve this pulled pork with some slider buns and watch your ravenous guests go wild.

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Huli-huli chicken

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Huli-huli chicken

This tropically inspired recipe makes 4 pounds of chicken, enough for a roomful of party-goers. 

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Garlic, rosemary & balsamic roasted pork

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Garlic, rosemary & balsamic roasted pork

Succulent pork loin marinated in balsamic vinegar, garlic and rosemary is a real crowd-pleaser.

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Big-batch slow cooker hot chocolate

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Big-batch slow cooker hot chocolate

Serve up warm mugs of this slow cooker hot chocolate (spiked?), and your party will be the talk of the town.

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Pumpkin slab pie

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Pumpkin slab pie

Dessert for a crowd doesn't have to be stressful thanks to this pumpkin slab pie

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