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NORTHWOODS COOKS: Potluck favorites for the holidays

Sweet and sour meatballs are an easy addition to a potluck meal or church basement supper. They may be served alone or with rice.

Hosting a gathering during the holidays is easier if it is a potluck. Here are a few recipes that are easy to make and take to a family get together or church basement dinner.

This potluck favorite is from myrecipes.com.

Cheesy Potato Casserole with Cornflakes

32-oz. package frozen hashbrowns or cubed potatoes

2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese

16 ounces sour cream

1 can condensed cream of chicken or mushroom soup

1 cup butter, softened

1 small onion, chopped

3 cups crushed corn flakes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pour hash browns/potatoes into a lightly-greased 9-by-13-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, combine cheese, sour cream and soup. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion with 1 stick butter and sauté for 5 minutes. Add to the soup mixture and spread over the potatoes in the dish. Arrange crushed corn flakes over the potatoes and soup mixture. Melt the remaining stick of butter and pour evenly over the corn flakes. Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour.

This recipe from allrecipes.com was contributed by a woman who lives in Minnesota.

Betty's Three-Bean Hotdish

1/4 pound bacon

1 pound ground beef

1 onion, diced

1 (15 oz.) can pork and beans, drained

1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained

1 (15 oz.) can butter beans, drained

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble when cooled. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Add onion and cook until clear, about 5 minutes more. Combine cooked bacon, cooked beef, pork and beans, kidney beans, butter beans, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, and mustard in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on High until heated through, about 1 hour. To make this on the stovetop, add cooked meat and all other ingredients to a large skillet and simmer until heated through, about 15 minutes.

This recipe is from "Forum Communications Company Favorite Recipes"

Pizza Hotdish

8 ounces noodles

2 lbs. hamburger

2-1/4 cups onions

30-oz. can pizza sauce or Ragu spaghetti and mushroom sauce

1 can cheddar cheese soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

8-oz. package shredded mozzarella cheese.

Cook noodles. Brown hamburger with onions. Add pizza or spaghetti sauce, cheddar cheese and cream of mushroom soup. Put in a 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake 15 minutes longer. Serves six people.

This recipe is from North Country Cooking by members of the Itasca West Recreational Area

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

1 pound ground beef

1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 egg

Garlic salt to taste

Form meatballs from above ingredients and brown. Then add ingredients below to meatballs:

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 can drained canned tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

Simmer for 20 minutes before serving. The meatballs are delicious alone or served over rice.