A couple weeks ago, I had some friends over for dinner that I hadn’t seen in ages, so I really didn’t want to spend the whole time they were here cooking and getting dinner ready. I searched for recipes, and came up with a menu where everything could be prepared ahead of time so that by the time they came over, all I had to do was put the food in the oven. I would make it again for sure! It was really great to have the time to sit and talk to my friends rather than be hiding out in the kitchen!
So when grocery shopping, you need the following:
5 pounds of potatoes
bacon/ bacon bits
various veggies to oven roast (I used peppers, eggplant, zucchini, carrots onion, but you could use just about any vegetables)
Mashed and Baked Potatoes
Start by peeling 5 pounds of potatoes (I know…fun, fun, fun!)
Cook the potatoes by boiling them for about 15 minutes, then mash them. Then mix in about 1 cup of cream cheese, 1 cup of sour cream, 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese, green onion slices, and as much bacon as you want. Spread it all out in a large pan, sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top, and put into the fridge. It’s ready to put in the oven.
Olive Oil Roasted Vegetables
I love vegetables cooked in the oven. Maybe it is because I don’t do it that often because I never have the time. But these are simple, once again, prep everything ahead of time. I bought peppers, red onions, asparagus, zucchini, carrots and eggplant.
The best part about this dinner is that it is all ready! I served the dinner with some fresh bread and butter, and I guess I could have made a salad too But I just waited until my guests arrived, turned the oven on to 375 degrees, then enjoyed the time catching up!