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Another potluck with the inlaws & I'm tired of taking pork loin. I want to do something different. No ham or lamb. DH's sister is bringing a chicken & stuffing casserole. His brother will pick up chicken strips. We always take a meat, 2 or 3 sides, a dessert. Any ideas to shake it up but not too much?!!

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Last updated: Dec. 5, 2012 3:30 pm
Posted: Dec. 5, 2012 11:16 am
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Photo of: Lana's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Lana's Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Submitted by: LANAN 
Beef meatballs in a pineapple and brown sugar sauce with pineapple chunks, carrot, and green pepper. It's great as a main dish, but can also be used as an appetizer. 
Recommended by: Karen Scully
Dec. 5, 2012 11:20 am
Dec. 5, 2012 1:52 pm
Thanks Karen. This does look yummy & my grandson had suggested meatballs.
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Photo of: Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake

Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake

Submitted by: Beccabo73 
Home Town: Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA
A hearty old-style Italian dish, New York City style, has browned chunks of sausage, potatoes, red and green peppers, and onions baking together with wine and seasonings.  
Recommended by: manella
Dec. 5, 2012 11:36 am
This is good,i omit the wine and use all chicken stock.
Dec. 5, 2012 1:59 pm
Thank you manella. I did take this very dish once, along with the pork roast. My crew loved it but others just picked the sausage out of it! I don't use wine either.
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Zucchini Orzo

Submitted by: beautifulansuz 
Orzo, the ricelike pasta, is lightly flavored with lemon, then stirred into cooked sweet onion, zucchini, and yellow squash for a colorful side dish that's quick and light. 
Recommended by: manella
Dec. 5, 2012 11:36 am
This as a side
Dec. 5, 2012 2:07 pm
Manella, we must think alike! I make a dish like this but I stir a steamer bag of broccoli, carrots, pea pods then some parm. But I took this Labor Day. I know I will take green beans, sauted with mushrooms maybe. Still need another side.
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Lemon Pie Bars

Submitted by: RCFoodie 
Tangy lemon filling on a buttery short bread crust. This is a really easy recipe that my mom made before the lemon bar 'rage' was on! 
Recommended by: manella
Dec. 5, 2012 11:37 am
Haven't made these yet,but they sound good.
Dec. 5, 2012 2:13 pm
Oops, struck out on the thinking alike on this one! It will also be DH's birthday & he doesn't care for lemon. Thinking about carrot or spice cake.
Commented by: Don
Dec. 5, 2012 11:40 am
Hi, how about these.cheers. Scottish Style Steak Casserole 4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 750g/1½ lbs Rump Steak - cut into 3 or 4 slices 2/3 medium Potatoes - peeled and finely sliced in 1/8in slices 1 clove Garlic - finely chopped 1 large Onion - finely sliced 2 medium Carrots - finely sliced 1 stick Celery - finely chopped 1 Leek - finely sliced 1 heaped tbsp Plain Flour 400g/14oz tin chopped Tomatoes 250ml/8fl oz Beef Stock 75ml/5tbsp Red Wine Sprinkling of Worcestershire Sauce - to taste 1 Bay Leaf Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper - to taste Pre-heat the oven to 150°C / 300°F / Gas Mark 2 You can remove the fat from the steak but leaving it on adds another dimension to the gravy, improving the taste; Pour two tablespoons of oil into the frying pan, heat to a medium high temperature and add the meat slices; Cook, stirring constantly, for a couple of minutes until the slices are browned on all sides; Place in a large casserole dish and pour the meat juices into the stock; Pour the remaining oil into the frying pan, heat to a low heat, add the garlic, onions, celery and leeks and, stirring occasionally, cook for some 5 minutes or so until soften a bit; Sprinkle the flour over the onions, stirring for a minute to mix well; Slowly pour in the stock, bring the mixture to the boil and turn the heat to low; Stir in the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, red wine, add salt and pepper, bring to boil, and heat on medium high for 3 to 4 minutes or so to thicken slightly then simmer for two or so minutes more; Pour the tomato and onion mixture into the casserole dish; Add the potatoes, carrots, bay leaves and combine everything together well; Cover and put in the pre-heated oven for 2½ to 3 hours until potatoes soft and meat tender.
Dec. 5, 2012 11:42 am
Tangy Potato, Green Bean and Bacon Salad 1kg/2lbs Potatoes - boiled and cut into cubes 225g/8oz Green Beans - blanched and cut into 2 to 3inch pieces 1 Red Onion - very finely sliced 180g/6oz Streaky Bacon Rashers - fried until crispy and broken into crispy bits Salt and freshly Ground Black Pepper Dressing 4tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2tbsp White Wine Vinegar - to taste 1½ tbsp Wholegrain Mustard - to taste Salt and freshly Ground Black Pepper Prepare the dressing - mix the mustard and wine vinegar together, season and slowly drizzle in the oil, stirring continually, to bind everything together. Taste for tanginess and piquancy; Put the potatoes, green beans, onion and the crispy bacon bits in a large Salad Bowl; Combine well together and season to taste; Pour the dressing over the potatoes and serve.
Dec. 5, 2012 11:44 am
Scottish Sherry Trifle 1 Victoria Sponge Cake - cut into slices ¾ lb (12oz) Raspberry Jam 1 wine glass Sherry 2 tbsp Drambuie (or Brandy) - to taste Egg Custard ¾ lb (12oz) Raspberries ½ pint (300ml) Double Cream 1 tbsp Caster Sugar Toasted Almonds Optional - 2 Bananas - sliced Egg Custard 8 fl oz (250mls) milk 5 fl oz (150mls) double cream 2 egg yolks 1 oz (50gm) caster sugar Several drops of vanilla essence Custard Make the custard by whisking the egg yolks, the sugar and the vanilla essence in a bowl until turn pale and creamy; Put the cream and milk in a saucepan and heat the mixture until it reaches boiling point; Stir this into the custard mixture; Put this mixture into a new saucepan and stir continuously over a low heat; The mixture should now start to thicken; Once thick, pour into a separate bowl and set aside to cool. Put the sponge into the bottom of a large glass bowl; Spread the raspberry jam over the sponges; Mix the sherry and other alcohol into a glass and then sprinkle over the sponge base; Once the liquid has soaked into the sponge, add a layer of raspberries and the bananas; Once cooled, pour the custard mixture into the original bowl, over the layered fruit and sponge; Spread out evenly; Whip the double cream then add the sugar and spoon this mixture onto the top of the bowl, above the custard; Decorate with the toasted almonds.
Dec. 5, 2012 2:21 pm
Thanks for the recipes Don. I've been wanting to try this potato salad.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Vegetables With Thyme and Maple Syrup

Submitted by: Don 
Home Town: Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, U.K.
Living In: Marbella, Andalucia, Spain
Fall and winter root vegetables are roasted in the oven with thyme sprigs and a drizzle of maple syrup to make a great side dish to go with any meal. 
Recommended by: Don
Dec. 5, 2012 11:46 am
Hi, or these. cheers. shameless I am.
Dec. 5, 2012 2:46 pm
Now this sounds fabulous! We love roasted veggies. Maybe add some small squash wedges. And pearl onions for son & myself. I have some good maple syrup. With this group, would serve each veggie seperate but side by side on a platter rather than mixed together. This way everyone can take just what they like.
Commented by: Laurie
Dec. 5, 2012 11:59 am
I would recoomend delicious slow cooked short ribs or a fancy pot roast - like a "stracata", I have also have an italian version of a beef roast that has garlic and tons of fresh cracked pepper, chili, fennel, rosemary, coarse salt - there is a name for it but I could not find it on the web. It is delicious with roasted squashes, potatoes, and vegetables.
Dec. 5, 2012 2:51 pm
Thanks Laurie. Love short ribs but can not find them even close to me. I would love to have your recipe for your Italian beef roast if you would like to share.
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Scrumptious Seafood Linguine

Submitted by: Jenni Lawson 
Crab and shrimp in a rich, creamy sauce with Parmesan cheese over linguine pasta. 
Recommended by: misty
Dec. 5, 2012 1:45 pm
this is very good
Dec. 5, 2012 3:03 pm
Thank you misty. Yes, this is SOOO good. I add more garlic & a few red pepper flakes. But sadly, no seafood for most of the inlaws.
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Parmesan Broccoli Balls

Submitted by: Heather P 
Frozen broccoli and Parmesan cheese are blended with dry stuffing mix and rolled into delicious appetizer balls! 
Recommended by: misty
Dec. 5, 2012 1:46 pm
this as a side goes with anything
Dec. 5, 2012 3:21 pm
Thank you for this recipe. Strong broccoli haters at the potluck plus stuffing on SIL's casserole. But this is something we would love. I will make these while DGD is here over the holidays.
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Romanian Apple Cake

Submitted by: RAVRAM 
This is a wonderfully simple, yet delicious cake! It is so moist and fresh, it will surely be a favorite with your family, just like it is with mine! The main length of the preparation time is cutting and peeling the apples. A mixture of apples works great, although I usually use Golden Delicious. 
Recommended by: misty
Dec. 5, 2012 1:46 pm
one of our favorites.
Dec. 5, 2012 3:30 pm
Thanks misty. This looks easy & delicious. Can use this recipe often for the leftover apples.
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