I work at a local hospital and also part-time for some area doctors, so I'm always on the lookout for good, quick recipes to fix for my family. Some of my co-workers and I exchange recipes. This zippy casserole is one that was brought to a picnic at my house. People raved over it.
-Dianne Esposite, New Middletown, Ohio
With this hearty entree from Marge Unger of La Porte, Indiana, all you'll need to round out the meal is garlic bread and a tossed salad. "I've fixed it for buffets, for potluck dinners and even for company. Keep the recipe handy, because you'll certainly be asked for it," Marge assures.
In Alpharetta, Georgia, subscriber Gail Earman turns to this recipe when she wants to use leftover ham. The slightly sweet combination of ham, pineapple tidbits, rice and Swiss cheese is popular at her house. "We even featured this recipe in our family cookbook," she writes.
For your next potluck offering, consider this hearty pasta bake from Marlene Mohr of Cincinnati, Ohio. It's jazzed up with pepperoni, sausage and olives for pizza-like flavor. It's handy, too, because it can be assembled ahead of time, then baked right before serving.
A longtime favorite for potluck dinners is transformed from a side dish to a main course with the addition of cubed ham. This one is always one of the first to go. In fact, people at the end of the line are disappointed if the pan is empty. —Diane Wilson Wing, Salt Lake City, Utah
Even though we're not Italian, this rich, cheesy pasta dish is a "family tradition" for holidays and special occasions. I was delighted the first time I tried this mostaccioli recipe—it has all the flavor of lasagna without the work of layering the ingredients. Try it…I'm sure it'll become one of your family's favorites, too! —Nancy Mundhenke, Kinsley, Kansas
"We always have plenty of pork sausage around, so when I need a quick supper, I use this handy recipe," relates Virginia Krites of Cridersville, Ohio. "The colorful vegetables give this dish a perky look to match its flavor."
This plate-filling sausage dish appeals to most every appetite, from basic meat-and-potatoes fans to gourmets. My daughter, a Montana wheat rancher's wife, says she serves it often to satisfy her hardworking family.
I come from a huge family, and it seems there is always a potluck occasion. This time of year, graduation parties are the perfect place for me to bring this hearty, crowd-pleasing Italian main dish. It's easy to make and serve.
-Rita Goshaw, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin