Can you believe we only have one week until Thanksgiving and six until Christmas! Hopefully, all the fabulous recipes you’ve been collecting in this Holiday Progressive Dinner Blog Hop series are helping you to plan delicious holiday menus for your family and friends. This week is special. All of us know that we will have at least one potluck or covered dish gathering to cook for over the holidays, so for week 5 of our series, we’re sharing potluck ideas.
Our sponsor for this week is Crock-Pot, which is perfect for covered dish recipes if the dish you’re taking to an event needs to be kept warm, right? Well, their newest product will blow your potluck-prepping mind! Really, it’s ingenious and I am in kitchen-love with Crock-pot’s new 3-pc Crock-Pot Hook Up™ Connectable Entertaining System Set. This isn’t going to just be perfect for your holiday covered dish preparations, it’s going to change the way you cook, year-round! At least it is for me. I prepped an entire four-dish meal, Tuesday, without turning on my range or oven!
Crock-Pot Hookups come in 3 styles, a 3.5 quart oval, a 2 qt round and two 1 quart ovals. The square housing that holds each Crock-pot is available in several fashion colors and will be a gorgeous way to prepare and serve your favorite recipes, whether in your home or at a potluck event. Each piece is its own entity — fully functional and gorgeous on its own, but the beauty of the connectable system is that each unit can plug directly into the next, connecting up to six, which then can be plugged into just ONE outlet! That’s HUGE! I have attended potluck socials out our church where many, many of us had brought our food in Crock-Pots to keep it cooking or warming throughout the service, so it would be ready as soon as the sermon was complete. With only 1 outlet every twelve feet, it’s difficult, if not impossible to get power to all of them. These beautiful Crock-Pot Hookup sections eliminate that problem and provide a decorative, heated serving station. What a fabulous idea!
The electrical cords are stored inside each unit and they stay that way, when you connect other pieces. Slide one unit next to the second and line up the plug of one with the outlet of the other. Push them into place. Voila! They’re connected. Connect as many units as you need (up to 6) and then extend the electrical cord out of the final unit to plug into the wall socket. It’s easy, functional and attractive on any covered dish serving table. Just like your regular Crock-Pot, each unit has High, Low and Warm settings. Crock-Pot Hook Ups will be an exciting gift under the tree for any foodie in your life! I’m putting lots of kitchen-miles on my own system and can wholeheartedly recommend them!
Now, lets get cooking in them. As I mentioned before, I connected all three units in my Entertaining System on Tuesday to make four dishes for supper — Chili Barbecued Brisket, Sweet Potatoes with Apple and Cranberries, Creamed Corn and Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts. I’ll be sharing a couple of those recipes with you, in the near future, but today, I’m focused on potluck dishes that will have your guests oooohing and aaaahing, without you having to invest too much of the time and energy that are at such a premium over the holidays! The recipes I’m sharing, today, will get you out of the kitchen and focused on celebrating and fun, in just a matter of minutes. And be sure to check out all the other #HolidayProgressiveDinner bloggers’ posts! They’re making me hungry!
Holiday Progressive Dinner Week 5 Recipe Links
Potluck Dishes to Get You through the Holiday Rush
Crock Pot Meatballs and Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
Famous Dirt Dip
at Adventures in All Things Food
Easy Apple & Cranberry Compote
at Flour on My Face
Potluck Corn and Black Bean & Cilantro Salsa Dip for a Crowd
at Daily Dish Recipes
at The Gunny Sack
- 3 to 4 lbs of frozen Italian meatballs (You could definitely use homemade, if you have them.)
- 1 (32 oz) jar grape jelly
- 2 jars (12 oz) jars chili sauce
- Pour the frozen meatballs into a 3.5 qt or larger Crock-Pot.
- Pour the chili sauce and jelly over the meatballs and cover with the lid.
- Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
- Serve as appetizers, a main dish or even in sandwiches.
- 5 cups frozen Ore Ida O'Brien Hashbrown Potatoes with Peppers and Onions
- 1 (10¾ oz) can cream of chicken
- ½ cup (4 oz) cream cheese
- 5 Tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar
- 2 cups shredded Colby-Jack
- 1 cup bacon
- ¼ cup cheddar
- 2 Tablespoons bacon
- 2 Tablespoons green onion, chopped
- Put sour cream, cream cheese, butter and cream of chicken soup in a large microwave safe bowl.
- Stir in the cheeses.
- Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes until everything has melted and can be easily stirred together.
- Add the potatoes and bacon to the melted sauce and stir to combine.
- Pack the potato mixture into a 2 qt (or larger) Crock-Pot.
- Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
- You will want to give the casserole a stir once it is done cooking, before serving or garnishing, to make sure every thing is combined and distributed evenly.
- Before serving, garnish the top of your casserole with the additional cheddar cheese, bacon and onions, if desired.
- Serve to your hungry guests. Enjoy!
GIVEAWAY: Don’t forget you can make these dishes all at once if you’re the winner of this weeks fabulous giveaway! Crock-Pot will be providing the Holiday Progressive Dinner giveaway winner from Week 5, with their own 3-pc Crock-Pot Hook Up™ Connectable Entertaining System Set! So, hurry and enter for your chance to win! And if you’re as excited as me and just can’t wait, Amazon has the individual pieces available for $10 off suggested retail.
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This post is linked to From the Farm Blog Hop.