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7 Reasons to Have a Mashed Potato Bar

Mashed Potato Bar 01If you’re looking for a fun dinner for your group why not have a mashed potato bar. We tried it at our last gathering and had a great time. Instant potatoes would have been fine but Joni wouldn’t have it and made them from scratch. They were great! Members brought two or three of their favorite toppings. To add a little twist everyone was asked to bring their own cup, mug, bowl, martini glass, etc.

After receiving a scoop of mashed potatoes in our eating vessel, we chose our toppings buffet style. We were encouraged to go light on the servings at the beginning and then make repeated trips to try different toppings.

(I personally made it back to the buffet line 4 times!)Potato Bar 02

Some of the toppings were . . .

  • pulled pork
  • cubed grilled chicken
  • french fried onions
  • roasted garlic
  • sour cream and chives
  • cream cheese
  • shredded peppered cheese
  • roasted red peppers and broccoliMashed Potato Bar 04
  • grilled corn
  • bacon bits
  • brown gravy
  • butter

Here are 7 reasons to have a potato bar . . .

  1. Toppings were easy to bring
  2. It’s budget friendly
  3. Everyone gets involved by bringing something
  4. It encourages creativityMashed Potato Bar 05
  5. Personalities are revealed through the taste buds
  6. Almost everyone loves mashed potatoes – from the youngest to the oldest
  7. It’s great comfort food

Give it a try and let me know how it went. Be creative with your toppings and theme. You might want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your own Potato Bar.

Grace and Peace,

Join the conversation: Beyond the traditional pot luck dinner, what are some fun theme meals you have shared with your small group or church?

Steak Dinner for Your Valentine

Valentine's Day SteakTomorrow is Valentine’s Day and there’s about a foot of snow on the ground. I want to cook a great steak for my special girl (that’s my wife Beth if you didn’t know) but don’t want to uncover the grill and stand outside in the cold.

But that’s OK because I plan to cook a great Rib Eye in the oven. I use Alton Brown’s pan seared Rib Eye method and it’s never failed me yet.

You’ll need:

  • a boneless rib eye steak about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Canola or olive oil to coat the steak
  • Salt and black pepper
  • A cast iron skillet

You can find Alton’s method for cooking the steak here.

I’ll let you choose the sides, the ambiance and anything else you want to give your sweetie.


Grace and peace,

Try it and let me know how it went!