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Potluck Recipes For The Holiday Season

Updated on October 10, 2011

Main Dish Idea

Cranberry Chicken

4-6 chicken breast halves

1 medium green pepper, chopped

2 tbs sugar

1/4 cup butter

1 can whole berry cranberry sauce

1 onion, chopped

shortening or oil for frying

flour (salted to taste) for dredging

Cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces and roll in the flour mixture. Brown in shortening and remove from pan. Melt butter in in skillet and saute the green pepper and onion until tender. Add cranberry sauce and sugar, to peppers and onions, mix well and heat through. Add chicken to sauce and serve. I usually spoon this recipe over rice pilaf in some sort of a decorative casserole dish for serving.

Side Dish Ideas

Pumpkin Soup

1/2 stick of butter

1 onion, chopped

2 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

15 oz. can of pumpkin puree

141/2 oz. can of chicken broth

1 pint heavy cream

Place the first four ingredients in a pan and saute until the onion is tender. Add remaining ingredients and stir over medium heat until well blended and heated through. Best served with some type of dense artisan bread such as a sourdough or rye.

Tater-tot Casserole

This one doesn't sound all that interesting but I serve it fairly often because it is very inexpensive, very easy (I'm all about easy) and very tasty. People ask for this recipe every time I serve it.

1 package frozen tater-tots

1 onion

olive oil

Cavenders Greek Seasoning

Slice the onion into rings and layer them in the bottom of a 9x13 foil pan. Dump the package of tater-tots over the onions. Drizzle olive oil over the tots and then sprinkle the with the Cavenders. Cover tightly with foil and bake at about 375 for around an hour.

Sweet Ideas

Pumpkin Fudge

3 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter (melted)

2/3 cup whole or evaporated milk

2 tbs white corn syrup

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Cook first six ingredients over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until soft ball stage (242 degrees)

Then remove from heat and add:

1 12 oz. package white chocolate morsels

1 7 oz. jar of marshmallow cream

1 cup chopped pecans

1 tsp vanilla

Mix with a wooden spoon until ingredients are well blended then turn out into a 9x9 foil lined pan and allow to set till firm. Cut into one inch pieces.

Mocha Bars

2 sticks of butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

2 tbs vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp almond extract

2 1/2 tbs instant coffee granules

6 oz. butterscotch chips

6 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add flour, extracts and instant coffee and mix well. Add chips

Press into a shallow 13 inch pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.


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    • manthy profile image

      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Love the rooster pic, my litchen is decorated with red roosters ;0)

      Very nice hub - voted up and awesome

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      S G Hupp 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks, snakeslane!

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Attractive menu, attractive page SG Hupp, would like to try some of these recipes. Regards, snakeslane.