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Hello-

I've just been invited to a potluck at a friends house for New years Day dinner. He said he'll be making something with "cheese, tomato, and chicken" for the main course (he's italian). Knowing him (and the other invites), I probably should low-ball their tastes toward something more straightforward... Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

ps I absolutely refuse to bring a green bean casserole!

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  1. We just had an interesting potluck thread, which you will find probably in general topics if you are interested.

    How about a nice platter of grilled veggies and some good bread? Kind of in keeping with the italian thing...nice olives, a little salami, that kind of thing. At least there will be one thing you wouldn't mind eating :-)

    1. Macaroni and cheese. I am always So Happy when I see macaroni and cheese at potlucks.

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      1. re: jacinthe

        Great idea...

        I've made Alton Brown's mac & cheese on several occasions. It is fantastic. Be sure to use a good sharp, aged cheddar though. Also, I like to add some cayenne pepper a bit (don't worry, even if you add a teaspoon it's not spicy at all)

        Mr. Taster

        Link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

      2. I had luck making the following this past holiday weekend:

        1 30-oz bag of Ore-Ida Hash Browns (Country Style)
        2 cans Campbell's cream of potato soup
        1 10-oz package Cracker Barrel extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated coarse
        1 pint sour cream (can be low fat, but not no-fat)
        Grated parmesan cheese

        Heat oven to 350. Butter or Pam a glass or corning
        ware baking dish or casserole. Break up potatoes and
        put in dish. Mix in potato soup and sour cream,
        cheddar, and as much parmesan as you want (1/4 cup is
        fine, more if you want it tangy). Spinkle heavily with
        parmesan cheese. Bake for 1 hour or until top is
        browned and it's bubbly.

        Can be made ahead and re-heated.