Grilling For A Crowd On A Budget

There are bound to be some good games and upsets this March Madness and we are rooting for several of our hometown favorites - go Bluejays and Cyclones!

Entertaining a crowd for the big tournament doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are my top three tips for a budget-friendly meal for entertaining.

Litehouse Zesty Italian is an easy, delicious marinade for meats and vegetables Litehouse Zesty Italian is an easy, delicious marinade for meats and vegetables


Stock Up On Meat and Poultry. Meat can be expensive. I can’t fathom buying meat at regular price, especially for a party. With the prices here in Iowa, my price to buy chicken, ground beef and pork ribs is $1.99 and under per pound. Chicken legs and wings are even less when on sale. I rarely buy steaks because of the price, but flank steak is a relatively cheap cut and what we use in these kabobs. Stocking up when meat is on sale means your less likely to overpay when your preparing for a large group. Use what you have on hand. When planning your meal, consider what you have on hand. I did not need to buy any new ingredients for these skillet herb potatoes. Litehouse herbs and a 5 lb. bag of potatoes is all you need! Buy in season. Buying fresh fruit and vegetables can get expensive when cooking for a group. Fruits and veggies are usually cheapest when they are in season. Here is a list to help you purchase what’s in season!

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Now that you’ve got a delicious budget meal, here are some quick twenty-minute appetizer recipes. What are your favorite meals to serve when entertaining?

Skillet Herb Potatoes and Kabobs For A Crowd

Serves 10 | Finish in Potatoes: 40 minutes and Kabobs 5 hours, 12 minutes

Cooking for a crowd doesn’t have to be expensive! These grilled kabobs and herb skillet potatoes are easy on the budget and full of flavor.



  • 5 lb. Red Potatoes
  • ½ c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ c. Litehouse® Freeze Dried Red Onion
  • ¼ c. Litehouse® Freeze Dried Cilantro
  • ¼ c. Litehouse® Freeze Dried Garlic
  • ½ c. Litehouse® Freeze Dried Spring Onion
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. Pepper


  • 2.5 lb. boneless skinless Chicken Breast
  • 2.5 lb. Flank Steak
  • 2 Green Peppers
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Yellow Squash
  • 1 bottle Litehouse® Italian Dressing & Marinade
  • 20 Skewers



  1. Slice potatoes into ¼ inch thick slices. Add potatoes to skillet. Add olive oil, onions cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Stir. Cook covered for 25 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Mix every 5 minutes.


  1. Cut chicken breasts and flank steak into 1-inch cubes. Slice peppers, onion and squash into bite size pieces. Place them in separate Ziploc bags and distribute Litehouse marinade in each bag. Let sit 5 hours in the fridge. If you are using wood skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Skewer the meats and veggies. Heat grill to medium temperature and grill for about 10 minutes, turning until all sides are cooked through.

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