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Potluck dinners are great get-togethers, and they offer affordable ways to feed a large gathering of people. Over the years Ive collected some great large volume recipes at our family reunions and work buffets.
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I need a main course recipe for a potluck. Now, here comes the tough part! The potluck is a holiday celebration for my co-workers, we are school bus drivers. Since I leave my house @ 5 a.m. and the party is not until 10:00 a.m. I would like something that would keep and still be yummy.
We are all ready for LUNCH at 10 a.m. and I don't want to bring dessert, there always too many of those. I do have an insulated Pyrex bag, complete with a 9x13 casserole dish.
Simplicity is always appreciated. Ideally what I'd like to do is prep a day or two ahead, and pop it in the oven before I leave for work. The potluck is on the 13th.
Christine from Sterling, Virginia
What about soup? You could make it ahead of time and just keep it warm in a crock pot. You can transfer it to covered containers for transport, then back into the crock pot on location for a quick warm up.
This one is so easy and tastes good hot, cold, or room temperature.
Mexican Egg Casserole
I pint low or no-fat cottage cheese
1 pt. fresh salsa (refrigerated section of the store) or
2 cans Rotel Mexican tomatoes
1 or 2 cans corn....I like a lot of corn
1 large can sliced olives
1/2 small box of Jiffy Cornbread mix
About 2 cups any grated cheese....I used mozzarella
1 dozen eggs
Mix eggs, cottage cheese, salsa or canned tomatoes. Then add cornbread mix. Add olives, corn and cheese.
Spray 9x13 pan with a no-stick spray. Pour mixture into pan and bake at 325 for about 60-70 minutes. Dish is done when a knife inserted into the middle comes out dry.
Here's a favorite of mine to take places. You can put everything in the crock pot the night before and refridgerate it, then put it in the base when you leave in the morning.
Crowd Pleaser Jambalaya
1 box Jambalaya Mix
1 box Dirty Rice Mix
Sausage, chicken or seafood or a mixture cut up (at least 1 lb total)
5 cups water
Line crock pot with liner or spray with no-stick cooking spray. Mix all ingredients together and cook on low for 4 hours.
How about meatballs in the crock pot. I don't care for the frozen kind you get in a store, but lots of people do (or make your own). Put a can of cranberry sauce and one jar of chili sauce (per two pounds of meatballs). You can make ahead the day before and put in crock pot next morning when you get to work plug it in to warm. Trying to keep things warm without a crock pot or oven, will be kind of tough. You could make lasagna in your 9x13 casserole dish and wrap real well in lots of newspapers and towels. That may stay warm for a few hours. Good luck and Happy Holidays!
Chili is always a good option. you make it with or without beans and there are a million recipes on- line for it. Sorry, I haven't found a favorite yet otherwise I would post it. Oh and cornbread to go with it is an option as well.
How about a pasta dish.You could decorate with a flour cut out of red pepper or a wreath made from greens with corrots cut in shapes and grated onion or cheese for snow on the geeens.
I made the above recipe 'Mexican Egg Casserole' for a wedding reception this past Saturday.
I appreciate you sharing it but, it lacked flavor and didn't go over very well :(
I think if I try to make it again I'll add some extra ingredients.
When I go to a potluck I usually bring a casserole and it's usually not as good as everyone elses.. Anyone have some "can't miss" potluck recipes? Thank you,
Alexa (relatively new cook)
There are a gazillion recipe websites. Google some and see what looks good. One of my favs is pasta, spaghetti sauce, ground meat (or meatless), ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. Cook pasta, cook meat, grate mozarella. Beat 1 egg into ricotta. Mix sauce, meat and cooked pasta , then fold in cheeses but don't mix really well. Put into casserole and bake til bubbly. Tastes like lasagna and is way easier.
An easy one that almost guarantees coming home with an empty pot. Sorry, but I am a "throw-together" sort of cook so it is a bit of this and a bit of that instead of precise measurements. Saute a large onion diced, a few slices of diced bacon, and a green pepper diced until the bacon and onion begins to brown. Pour this mixture into a crockpot or slow cooker. Open a gallon can of Pork and Beans and drain off all the juice. Add beans to cooker. Stir in about 1/2 cup brown Sugar, 1/4 cup Dijon or spicy brown mustard, and 1/2 cup of ketchup. (Optional: Add about 1/2 teaspoon or so of liquid smoke). Cook for several hours without the lid on the cooker. This gives the beans a drier consistency, and everyone will think they are "oven baked". Stir from time to time and turn them off when they are thick.
Here is the best potluck recipe I have ever used, although it isn't very frugal. It even got my daughter a marriage proposal!
3-4 chicken breast, cubed
1 can fiesta cheese soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can 4 oz green chilies
cook in crock pot 6 hours, or until chicken is cooked.
To this, add the following and cook about 15 min. more:
1 crushed bag of Dorritos chips. (we use the taco flavor)
8 oz jack cheese, shredded
Mozzarella Cheese - shredded
Cheddar Cheese - shredded
Tortilla Chips if using as a dip
Tortillas & shredded lettuce to use as a "soft taco"
Heat beans & salsa, fold in cheeses. Easy to make and keeps hot in a crockpot.
Also great with shredded cooked chicken or cooked ground beef added.
I have never failed to get a lot of compliments and requests for the recipe when I bring Shepherd's Pie. There are lots of versions available on the internet, but here's my recipe:
Cricket's Easy Shepherd's Pie
2 lbs lean ground beef (I use 93/7)
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (without potatoes)
2 envelopes brown gravy mix
1 envelope onion soup mix (any variety)
2 cups water
12-15 servings mashed potatoes (you can make from scratch or use a mix. I use a mix because it's easier)--prepared
Optional: (one or any combination)
Grated cheddar cheese (I found that grated cheese works better than slices because the slices tend to be difficult to scoop into when serving)
Preheat oven to 350°
Brown and crumble the ground beef well. Drain thoroughly.
In a large bowl, combine beef and vegetables.
Add water, gravy mix and onion soup mix and combine well.
Pour everything into an 11"x13" pan.
Spoon mashed potatoes over the top, filling in all the gaps so it's covered completely.
Put in the oven and heat till bubbly.
Approximately 5 minutes it's done, bring it out and sprinkle the cheese and any other toppings on top, then return to the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt (watch carefully so as not to burn the cheese).
An easy way to make it less fattening is to drain the ground beef onto layers of paper towels, and to use low or non fat milk in the potatoes, and low fat cheese.
This has never failed to produce lots of compliments and requests for "More, please! More, please!"
This recipe can be easily adjusted for the number of people you are serving. For just my husband and I, I use 1/2 lb ground beef, 1 small can vegetables (drained), and I use canned gravy mix and canned soup so that I can simply use 1/2 can gravy and 1/4 can soup. And I make up 3 servings of potatoes, and put it all in a 1 quart casserole dish.
I need pot luck dinner recipes.
Here's a link to a great recipe site: http://www.recipezaar.com. I use it all the time to help me with the "What's for dinner tonight" questions.
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