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My family is blessed in the fact that most of our family is still around and available for the holidays. This means that I rarely have to host an entire holiday party by myself, which is good because it obviously means less work. But the downside is that we get invited to more parties than we can attend. Our party attendance has definitely taken a hit with the birth of the boys. When we do get to go, most of the lunches and dinners are potlucks. Our families are so large that it makes sense to spread the cooking burden around to everyone. Before having the boys, it was common for my husband, daughter, and I to go to four Thanksgiving meals in the span of an eight hour period. Crazy, huh! I’ve discovered that the best way to be prepared when holiday potluck season rolls around is to plan, plan, and then plan some more. By deciding which dishes I’m making for various parties, I can guarantee that I have all my ingredients when it’s time to get busy in the kitchen. No sprinting to the store at the last minute or running out of an ingredient only to not find it at the local market. After all, I have to make sure all four kids leave the house wearing shoes. My potluck dish should be the least of my worries! If you are like me, and you find yourself attending more potluck parties than hosting parties, then the Holiday Meal Planning and Ingredient Shopping List printables included in today’s post will come in handy. And I’m also going to let you in on one of my top favorite potluck side dishes- a scrumptious Cheesy Potato Bake.
Have a long list of places to go and people to see this year? Need to take a dish to each place? Even if the event is not a potluck, maybe taking a hostess gift is ideal. Using the following Holiday Meal Potluck Plan is easy. Simply right click the image, save it to your computer, and then print it off. Fill in the areas with the event, date, and the recipe or dish that you are taking. Use the additional space for notes, such as the location of the recipe. Or use the space for hostess gift ideas.
Once the Holiday Meal Potluck Plan has been completed, download and print the Ingredient Shopping List printable. Complete it by writing down all the ingredients for each dish that you plan to make. I usually write out all the ingredients that are in the recipes, even those that are already in my pantry. I then go through and mark off the ones that I already have. Of course, you could also only right down the ones that you need to purchase. For some reason, jotting them all down organizes my mind better.
One of my family’s all time favorite potluck dishes is this Cheesy Potato Bake.
- 5 lbs.Yukon Gold potatoes, washed, scrubbed, and cut into cubes
- 10 ounces Kraft Ranch Dressing
- 8 ounce package Kraft Shreds, plus additional cheese as desired
- 1/2 cup Kraft Parmesan Cheese
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
Preheat oven to 400. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
Place all the potatoes into the pan. Sprinkle all the spices on top of the potatoes, making sure the potatoes are evenly covered. Just being honest, but the best and easiest way to do this is to wash up and use your hands.
Insert the butter over the potatoes.
Bake in oven for an hour, stirring the potatoes halfway during cooking.
Top potatoes with the 8 ounces of shredded cheese, ranch dressing, and Parmesan cheese. At this point, stir all the ingredients together and evaluate for “cheesiness.” I wanted mine to be even cheesier, so I added another cup of shredded cheese. The heat from the potatoes will start melting the cheese, but go ahead and pop the pan back in the oven until the cheese is completed melted and bubbly.
The dish has just enough spice to give it a great flavor, and the cheese adds a smooth texture. Everyone from the kids to the hubby in my family is a fan.
I promise this will be a potluck favorite. You know those people who leave the potluck with the same amount of food that they had when they arrived? Yeah, that won’t be you.
I purchased my Kraft ingredients at Walmart. They are easily found in the refrigerated cheese section and the dressing section.
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amy @ one artsy mama says
Yum! Those sound and look so delicious!
Kim @ seven thirty three says
Oh yum! These look delicious! Definitely going to have to save this recipe.
Looks yummy! I may need to go ahead and make that tonight with all my leftover potatoes. 🙂
gloria kersh says
I love potatoes, any way you fix them, they are delicious. These look amazing.
Katie Pierce says
Those potatoes, oh my goodness they look so good! 🙂
Jamie @ Coffee With Us 3 says
I’m an Idaho girl, and I love my potatoes! This looks like a fun change from the usual cheesy potatoes!
Sandra @ A Dash of Sanity says
Oh yum!! I definitely want a batch of these potatoes!
Teresa @ Crafty Wife says
First off, those potatoes look amazing. Second, I love the printable! Such a great idea to stay organized during the busy holiday time that’s quickly approaching.
I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks!
Stephanie Pass says
My kids go crazy for cheesy potatoes. This looks fantastic!
Evelyn @ My Turn for us says
You had me at Cheesy and kept me with potatoes!! These look awesome and I love the printables, helps to get ready to be organized during the Holidays!!
Hugs and thanks for sharing these!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
We love cheesy potatoes…looks delicious! Forget about the potluck, I could go for this for lunch today!
Haha! They are very convenient to make ahead for meals, too!
Jen @ West Street Story says
The cheesy potato bake looks delicious and the printables so helpful, thank you!
Yummy! I love me some good potato bake recipe!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
Love the printables and the recipe looks fantastic too!!
Deanna Ritz says
What a great dish for the holidays! Also, thank you for the meal planning guides. I will really be able to use these.
Maggie @ The Love Nerds says
Oh yum!! There is nothing better than cheesy potatoes!
Shannah @ Just Us Four says
Anytime you combine cheese and potatoes, I am in! Yummy.
These look delicious! I pinned them for later!!
Krystal's Kitsch says
This was SUCH a fun shop! I love your printables. I should make a holiday binder!
Looks awesome! Pinning! Perfect to take to family holiday get togethers.
Claire @ A Little Claireification says
That looks absolutely scrumptious!! Pinned!
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This looks and sounds absolutely yummy!!
Stacy Molter says
This sounds so yummy! Thank you for the recipe!
Looks so tasty! And thanks for the printable too.
Cheesy potatoes……YUMMO! I think I know what I’m going to pair with my salmon tonight!
Potatoes and Cheese? You’re calling my name girl!
This looks amazing! I am pinning this so I can try it soon.
brenda p says
how many does this serve?
Hi! Typically, a 5 lb. bag of potatoes makes 10-12 servings.