Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Potluck Time of the Year

and Christmas...
...time to bring out the casserole dishes!  

We just got back from a Potluck with Chuck's high school friends.  It is an annual affair and I am always trying to decide what to take.  Someone always brings fried chicken so I will chose corn, potato or green bean casserole.  The potato and green bean casseroles are old standards, but the corn dish is a little different.  It is always a hit and I thank Angela for sharing it with me.

Corn Casserole

Heat and blend together on stovetop:
1/2 C Butter
6 oz. Cream cheese
1/2 C Milk
2 Cans  Shoe peg corn
1 Can   Diced Green Chilies

Pour into Casserole Dish
Sprinkle bread crumbs or croutons on top (not many bread crumbs)
Bake at 350o for 35 minutes.

My recipes for the old standards:
Sinful Potatoes

1-2 lb. pkg. Frozen hash brown potatoes
1 lb           Velveeta cheese
1 C            Mayonnaise
1 C           Water or Milk
4 slices crisp bacon
1/2 C        Diced onions (green onions with tops are best)

Defrost potatoes. Grate cheese or melt in microwave. Stir all ingredients together with mayo. Put in buttered casserole dish and garnish with crumbled bacon. Cook at 350 deg. for 30 minutes.

and last, but not least:

Unusual Green Beans

3-14 1/2 oz. C
ans French Style Green Beans

1 can          Sliced water chestnuts
2 cans        Cream of celery soup
1/8t           Pepper
1/2C          Milk
2 cans       French fried onion rings.

Heat beans and drain. Layer beans & sliced water chestnuts in a 2 qt. greased casserole. Mix celery soup & pepper with milk and heat. Pour over the mixture in casserole. Bake in a 350 deg. oven about 25 min. Top with french fried onions and bake until onions are golden brown, 10 min. or more. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

On Christmas afternoon we go to our friends' home for an overnight stay. I like to make a contribution by taking an artichoke spread, but Chuck says it's too rich for him so I won't be taking it this year. The recipe was given to me by my college roommate and I love her for sharing it with me.

Hot Artichoke Spread

1-14 oz.   Can Artichoke hearts, drained & chopped.
1C          Hellman's mayo
1C          Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder to taste
Can green chili peppers, chopped.

Mix all ingredients and put into oven dish and heat at 350 deg. for 20 min. or until mixture bubbles. Serve with Waverly crackers or Dorito Chips.

Sweet potatoes with Marshmallows ... standard fare for me to bring to our family get-together at Thanksgiving.  We all congregate at my sister-in-law's home...about 20 in all.  What a great tradition!  At Christmas we all go our separate ways so this time with our family is special

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

3 or 4 medium size sweet potatoes
1 stick of butter
Sugar or Splenda to taste
Cinnamon to taste
Marshmallows for top

Peel and cut potatoes into small pieces. (This is the hardest part of this recipe...I actually get the muscles of the house to cut them up for me.)  Boil until soft.  Mash until all lumps are gone. (This is actually the easiest part. I use an old fashioned masher-no electricity required.) Add other ingredients to taste.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Top with marshmallows and continue baking until they are brown.  Serve hot.