Menu: Comfort Food Potluck

Meal plan: This winter potluck is designed to help chase away the doldrums. Guests are invited to bring their favorite comfort food: familiar dishes that are simple to prepare and “give a sense of well-being”. Suggested dishes are listed below. You’ll notice that a lot of these dishes are vegetarian-friendly. That’s so everyone can be included in the party.

Comfort Food recipe lists on the Web: Good collections can be found on about.com (link), Recipezaar (link), and Simply Recipes (link).

APPETIZERS:
Assorted cheeses
Crockpot spinach dip (link)
Spiced nuts
Stuffed mushrooms

BREADS:
Biscuits
Buttermilk rolls
Corn muffins

SALAD:
Sorry, a mixed green salad is really not a comfort food. Move along.

SIDE DISHES:
Applesauce
Baked beans
Buttered peas
Ginger-glazed carrots
Green bean casserole
Loaded twice-baked potatoes (broccoli, beans, and cheese)
Macaroni and cheese
Mushroom risotto
Potatoes: Balsamic Roasted Red Potatoes (link)
Potatoes: Mashed potatoes with Portobello mushroom (vegetarian) gravy
Potatoes: Roasted potatoes and other root vegetables
Potatoes: Scalloped potatoes
Rice casserole

MAIN DISHES:
Beans and rice
Chicken and dumplings / biscuits
Fried chicken
Meatloaf
Pot Pie (Chicken or Vegetable)
Quiche
Shepherd’s Pie
Spaghetti with red sauce
Spinach Lasagna
Tuna Casserole
Walnut Muffins – Vegetarian “Meatloaf” (link)

SOUP:
Bean chili
Broccoli cheese soup
Corn chowder
Vegetable stew

BEVERAGES:
Assorted beers
Lemonade or Limeade
Mint Iced Tea
Mulled cider or wine punch
and assorted sodas

DESSERTS:
Apple pie
Boston Cream Pie
Brownies
Caramel sundaes
Chocolate cake
Chocolate chip cookies
Ice cream
Pudding: Banana, butterscotch, chocolate, or vanilla

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