Tips on putting together a potluck party

By Maxine Turner

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 4:40 p.m. MDT

1 cup frozen peas

1 teaspoon sweet paprika

4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes.

Combine the sour cream, egg yolk and milk. Set aside.

While potatoes are boiling, heat a large skillet over medium heat, adding the oil, beef or turkey. Season with salt and pepper. As the meat browns, crumble into fine pieces. Cook 3 to 4 minutes. Add carrots and onion and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Remove the potatoes from the stove and drain. Pour into a bowl and combine with the sour cream mixture. Mix well by hand or using a hand mixer. Set aside.

Continue stirring the meat mixture.

In a second small skillet, heat butter and flour over medium heat, stirring well for 2 minutes. Whisk in beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Add the frozen peas. Preheat broiler in oven to high heat.

Fill a casserole dish with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon the potatoes over the meat and spread evenly. Sprinkle the top of the potato crust with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until golden brown. This recipe will serve eight hearty portions.

— Cuisine Unlimited


Serves: 8

For the salad:

3 cups shredded cabbage (or 12 ounce bag)

1 finely grated carrot

2 cups jicama, cut into strips

2 cups oranges sections, cut in half

½ medium green pepper, yellow pepper and red pepper cut into strips

1 small red onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

For the dressing:

4 tablespoons salad oil

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon soy sauce

¾ teaspoon dry mustard

For the garnish:

1 whole orange with peel, thinly sliced into rings and slit halfway through

Cilantro stems

Combine all salad ingredients and toss well. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Combine all dressing ingredients and mix well in a blender. Pour into a container and refrigerate until ready to serve the salad. Shake dressing again before adding to salad mixture. Lightly toss until all ingredients are well coated.

Pour salad onto platter and garnish with twisted orange and stems of cilantro.

— Cuisine Unlimited


Makes: 24 medium cookies

1 cup softened butter

½ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup crushed potato chips

½ cup finely chopped pecans (optional)

¼ cup sugar in flat container

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Whip butter, adding sugar and vanilla. Gradually add the flour and continue mixing until well blended. Stir in the potato chips and pecans and mix well.

Form 24 equal balls of the dough. Press and form each into ½-inch thick cookies and dredge in sugar. Place on parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Cookies should be firm but not browned. Cool completely.

Wrap in clear cellophane wrap and store in airtight container. They can be frozen for up to 30 days.

— Cuisine Unlimited

Maxine Turner is the president of Cuisine Unlimited.

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