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Stop Struggling To Find The Perfect Potluck Dish

Rodney Bowers shares his go-tos to ensure you're always the potluck star.


LAYERED TACO SALAD


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Dressing Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1 avocado
  • Squeeze of one lemon
  • 1tsp honey
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
 
Salad Ingredients
  • 11/2lb. cooked and browned seasoned ground beef
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, rough chopped;
  • 1/2 c grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of finely sliced cilantro
  • 1 orange pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1small can of corn drained and rinsed
  • 1 small can of black beans drained and well rinsed
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup tortilla chips
  • 1/2tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2tsp salt
 
Instructions
  1. For the dressing, throw red wine vinegar, olive oil, avocado, lemon, honey, garlic and salt into a blender and hit purée .blend for 10-15sexonds. Adjust seasoning
  2. For the Ground beef seasoning, add 1tbsp chili powder, 1tsp. paprika; 1/2tsp. onion powder; 1/2tsp. garlic powder; 1 tsp. ground cumin; 1/2 tsp. dried oregano; 1/2tsp salt.
  3. In a large cast iron pan on medium high heat brown off the ground beef adding the seasoning half way. Cook they and set aside.
  4. If you would like this saucy add 1/4 cup water
  5. To put together layer all of the ingredients in a large glass bowl so you can see the layers. I like to start with the beef  on the bottom followed by the greens ,tomatoes, corn,beans,cucumber , tomato
  6. Garnish with guacamole, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese and tortilla chips
 
 

Sweet and Sour Meatballs 


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Ingredients:
  • 2lb ground pork
  • 1/2lb bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup veg stock
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Small piece of ginger,size of a quarter  peeled finely minced
  • 1t/2 tsp dry chili flakes
  • 2tbsp finely sliced cilantro 
  • 2tbsp finely sliced green onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely minced 
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 c olive oil Oil, for frying
  • 2tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro
  • sliced green onions
 

Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp  ketchup
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 tbsp  seasoned rice wine vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp tamari 
  • 1  small can of pineapple chunks
  • 2tsp cornstarch dissolved in 2tbsp water
Instructions
  1. For the meatballs, mix the breadcrumbs, stock and soy sauce together then combine well with the ground pork, ginger, garlic, fresh herbs, five-spice ,sesame oil, chilies and salt . Put on some gloves and start rolling. Try and get 40 meatballs.
  2. Heat up a large cast iron skillet on medium high with the olive oil. Sear the meatballs until golden all over. Remove on some paper towel and pat dry.
  3. Dump the meatballs in a slow cooker and cover with the sweet and sour sauce. Simmer for minimum 2 hours on low and up to overnight. Garnish with sesame seeds, fresh herbs and some toothpicks 
  4. For the sweet and sour sauce, in a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Set aside.
  5. In a medium pot, combine ketchup, sriracha, pineapple and juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in cornstarch and cook until thickened, approx 2 minutes. It's ready to go
 

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