Monday, August 17, 2009

Potluck Recipe

Well, the dish I took to the potluck last night was a huge hit. I think pretty much everyone asked for the recipe :o) The best part? I didn't have to bring home leftovers!! Anyway, I thought I'd share the recipe here as well. It's a recipe I found in the cookbook "Fix It and Forget It".

German Potato Salad:

6 slices bacon
3/4 cup chopped onions
1 can cream of chicken soup (I substitute a homemade white sauce flavored with chicken bullion)
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. sugar
pepper to taste
4 cups parboiled, cubed potatoes
parsley (I didn't remember the parsley, lol)

1. Brown bacon in skillet and then crumble. Reserve 2 Tbsp. bacon drippings. Saute onions in drippings.
2. Blend together soup, water vinegar, sugar and pepper. Add bacon and onions. Mix well.
3. Add potatoes and parsley. Mix well. Pour into slow cooker.
4. Cover. Cook on Low 4 hours.
5. Serve warm or at room temperature. (Personally, I think it's better warm.)

Homemade White Sauce:
(FYI: this recipe will make approx. 2 cups of white sauce which is about a 1/2 cup more than a can of soup.)

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk (or 2 cups water and 2/3 cup milk powder, mixed)

Melt butter in a sauce pan on med/low heat. Whisk in flour to make a paste (make sure there are no lumps). Slowly add milk. Bring the mixture up to a boil while whisking (it's important to keep whisking or it will burn!). The sauce will thicken as it boils. When it reaches the desired consistency, reduce heat and add whatever flavorings you want.
For a cream-of-chicken substitute add 1 tsp. chicken bullion per cup of milk.
For a cheese sauce add shredded cheese (sharp works best!) to taste.
For an Alfredo sauce add Parmesan cheese to taste.
For cream-of-mushroom add a can of mushrooms.
The possibilities are really endless, just use your imagination!



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