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« on: January 02, 2006 10:39:27 PM »

Hi, I need to bring a main dish to a Post-Christmas party I'm going to on the 4th.
It has to be a main dish that feeds 15+ people.
I was thinking pizza, but that's too common.
Maybe either something easy to make/buy already prepared,
Not too expensive.
Any ideas? PLEASE  help me!
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2006 11:06:10 PM »

whenever i'm going to a potluck or whatever, i always make the same thing.  everyone loves it because its kind of homey, and sooo good.  here goes:

Chicken Stuff (my husband named this recipe)

serves- 6-8, easily doubled


One pound of boneless, skinless chicken
2 cans of cream of chicken soup (i use the 99% fat free kind to cut down on the fat content)
Three cups of Pepperidge Farms cornbread stuffing mix UNPREPARED

Cook the chicken any way you'd like - baking, boiling, steaming, and when it is nice and done, shred or chop it into small bite sized bits.  Take a 9x13 pan or an 8x8 pan (or any size really, i use the large sized oval shaped Corningware dish when i make it) and put 1 and a half cups of the unprepared stuffing mix into it.  Mix the chicken with the soup (straight from the can, don't add milk or anything) and layer that in the pan next.  Top with the remaining stuffing mix.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. 

I promise, it's delicious, cheap and everyone will love it.

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2006 11:54:41 PM »

I would do a giant veggie curry, after all the imbibing of the last two weeks a huge veggie dish would be great.
Basic instructions would be buy a bunch of whatever veggies are on sale, or if your lazy a jumbo bag of pre cut mixed veggies.  Warm up some oil in a pan, dump in curry paste and veggies and cook.  You could also add some tofu or meat or chickpeas.  Make sure too add enough curry paste.  If you use the precut veggies this will take you less than 20 minutes.
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2006 08:57:41 AM »

This is a DELICIOUS marinated chicken recipe. The chicken is best cooked on a grill, but is good cooked in the oven too. Thin chicken breasts work best for cooking.

Here is the recipe for the marinade. You need to marinade the chicken overnight (I think it's better that way).

1/2 cup Honey

1/2 cup Apple juice (I usually use the concentrate)

2 teaspoons Garlic Powder (make sure you use Garlic Powder, not Garlic Salt!)

1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger

1/2 cup Soy Sauce

1/2 cup Cider Vinegar

2/3 cup Vegetable Oil (I use Olive Oil rather than just Vegetable Oil)

This should all be mixed together in a blender and let the chicken set overnight in the refrigerator in the marinade.

 You can put the chicken in the oven...just take it out of the marinade and put it in a baking dish. The recipe says to cook it at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven. When grilled put it on the grill for about 14 to 15 minutes...7 minutes on each side (turning the chicken once).

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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2006 12:58:30 PM »

I got a new Crockpot for Christmas,  I made this recipe New years day.  It was really good.  It makes a lot more then the 6 serving the recipe says it does.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2006 01:07:31 PM »

well you could always do a lasagne, I used to facilitate the potlucks at my church, and the best eaters were the things that people could easily identify! ALso, you could do cheese enchiladas (or chicken, but meat is pricey sometimes)... enchiladas are easy, just get the pre-made sauce from the "ethnic" foods section of you local Albertson's and follow the instructions (cheese and tortillas) serve with extra sauce and sour cream and you could also add rice and beans in another casserole dish. Also, I always make them with the large size tortillas and then cut them in half or even thirds, people always seem to want to eat a little of everything at a potluck! You could also do meatballs, if you have a costco around you, they have a great frozen bag of meatballs, and get some spaghetti sauce and Viola! you have meatballs... (you can do them in BBQ sauce or brown gravy too). Hope this helps!

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2006 01:17:05 PM »

maybe a curry or a hotpot?
tofu curry
1 box of tofu feeds about 5 people

1 box of tofu, cut into pieces
1 can of coconut milk
2 potatoes washed and cut into squares with skin
1 large carrot
a couple of tablespoons of curry ( I personally like madras curry)
4 cups of water
2 veggie bullion cubes.

Put water to boil with bullion in a pot while sauteeing garlic in a pan. Once oil is a little hot sautee veggies for about 5 minutes. Pour can of coconut milk and curry in pot.Once sauteed, pour veggies into pot with water. Let it cook for twenty minutes. Put tofu in and let it cook for another ten minutes, at least, but cook for a little longer if desired.
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2006 01:20:55 PM »

Bean and sausage soup. So very easy, especially if you have a crock pot.

Pick up a bag of mixed beans at the grocery store - about $2. Make sure that the one you buy has a little seasoning packet in it. I think there's a 13 bean or 15 bean mix that's one of my favorites.

Boil them to a brisk boil, then drain off the water (all the gassyness you get eating beans magicvally vanishes with this step)

Return to boil (or put into crock pot)

In a large skillet, cook up 3/4 - 1 lbs of meat. I use ground beef.. or ground turkey.. cubed ham, turkey, or, my favorite - sliced up sausage. Half hot and haldf sweet italian sausage is a great combination. Or bratwurst.. or any other sausage. Add one large onion, diced, and some garlic. Follow with one green pepper (optional). Add the seasoning packet that came with the beans. Add in one can of stewed or ticed tomatoes. For extra flavor, use one of the cans that already have seasoning in them - the italian, or the mediterranian one.

When everything in the skillet is cooked, add the whole gloppy mess to the the beans and let everything cook away till the beans are tender. In a crockpot, I put it on low for about 6 - 8 hours. In a pot, I cook it for atleast 4 hours. The crockpot is great because you can just set it overnight.


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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2006 01:24:46 PM »

How about enchiladas?

This is my husband's favorite right now:

4-6 chicken breasts or chicken leg quarters, boneless/skinless
shredded mexican/taco blend cheese
sour cream
small can diced green chiles
small can sliced black olives
flour tortillas, for 15 people I'd suggest 3 dozen - that's 2 enchiladas per person plus a few leftovers. The soft taco size tortillas.
large can enchilada sauce

Shred up the cooked chicken (boiled, crockpot, baked, broiled, whatever you like).  Add in 1/2-1 cup sour cream, and as much of the chiles and olives as you like. Add about 1/3 of the bag of cheese, reserving the rest.   Pour some of the enchilada sauce into a shallow bowl, and dip each tortilla into it before placing some of the chicken mixture inside and rolling it up, tucking in the ends.  Pour 1/2 of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of a large baking dish. Place each enchilada into the dish, then top with the rest of the sauce and the rest of the cheese. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes.

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2006 01:42:09 PM »

THanks for all the ideas guys!! <3333
I might try the enchiladas or perhaps a soup. They all sound so delicious!
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