It's not just potluck anymore…

Menu 2-26-20

Menu for 2-19-20

Chicken Strips, Macaroni and Cheese, Salad Bar and Brownies

Tomorrow night we’ll be serving from 4:45 to 6:15 pm in the fellowship hall. Please join us for dinner followed by worship at 6:30pm in the sanctuary.

Next week the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. There will be a worship service at noon every Wednesday of Lent followed by a soup lunch at 12:30. All visitors and members are invited to join us. The regular Wednesday education classes, meals and worship will continue throughout Lent. For more details of church events and schedules, please check out the church website here: https://www.calvaryrapidcity.org/calendar

It’s one of our most popular menus of the year at Calvary Lutheran Church when Pizza Ranch brings us their Crispy Ranch Chicken. Our kitchen volunteers will provide the homemade Cheesy Church Potatoes and Salad Bar to round out the meal. For dessert, we’ll have Ice Cream and other frozen dessert bars . Dinner is served from 4:45 to 6:15 pm, followed by worship, led by the Praise Band, at 6:30.

Sometimes politics and casseroles cross paths, and a friend at church shared this fun article with me about a campaign taking advantage of the Tater Tot Casserole to win over voters. A dedicated group of volunteers from Calvary Lutheran has been making our version of this casserole once a month for years down at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission. http://www.cornerstonemission.org/

Here’s our recipe for Tater Tot Casserole for a Crowd:

Tatertot Casserole: 400 servings (40 per 4”deep full size steamtable pan)

80 # ground beef, 90% lean

3 jars French onion soup base

Divide beef into 10 4” deep pans. Divide soup base evenly among pans and stir into beef.  Brown in convection oven set at 275* stirring often until browned, or brown on griddle or on stovetop in skillets.

To beef/soup mixture, add:

10   #10 cans green beans, drained

10   50 oz cans cream of tomato soup

10   50 oz  cans cream of mushroom soup

Mix together and top casserole with:

40# tater tots

3 #10 cans cheddar cheese sauce (107 oz per can)

For each pan use:

8 # ground beef

1 can green beans

1 can tomato soup

1 can mushroom soup

4 # tater tots

32 oz cheddar cheese sauce

Bake for 1 hour at 350* uncovered. Stir and bake another 45 minutes.  Cover with foil and bake another hour at 325*.

Here’s a link to the NY Times article https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/dining/amy-klobuchar-hotdish.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&fbclid=IwAR22w0Nxj6fIwlP5xKpQ8R9qApUQfURulYjszenFMtoutYXeLfRl9fLYK1Q

In case you can’t open it, I’ll do a little cutting and pasting of it here.

Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Taconite Tater Tot Hot Dish, named after a rock mined in the Iron Range of Minnesota, was the star of a house party on her behalf in Newton, Iowa. Credit…Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

A Classic Midwestern Dish Becomes a Talking Point in Iowa
By Kim Severson

Hot dish, the Minnesota-specific church-supper stalwart that cooks in other parts of the country might mistake for a casserole, is no stranger to hard work.

Early versions of the dish — traditionally a mix of protein, starch and vegetables held together with a creamy sauce baked until it bubbles — helped conserve meat during World War I and fed farm families during the Depression. Topped with Tater Tots or mixed with rice, more modern renditions offer working parents an inexpensive way to get dinner on the table after a long day.

Now, hot dish has been conscripted to help Amy Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, win the Democratic nomination for president.

In a series of events that began in New Hampshire last summer and continued this month in Iowa, Ms. Klobuchar has been feeding her recipe, blanketed in Tater Tots, to voters at gatherings the campaign calls Hot Dish House Parties.

The actual making of the hot dish, however, falls to campaign workers. In Iowa, that worker is Andy McGuire, 63, a physician who is also the state campaign chairwoman.

Hot dish has as many variations as there are cooks. Dr. McGuire has made her own version for years, using frozen mixed vegetables, onions, hamburger and condensed cream of mushroom soup, which some Midwestern cooks affectionately call “the Lutheran binder.” It’s topped with Tater Tots.

The senator’s recipe omits the frozen vegetables, adds garlic and tucks the Tater Tots between two layers of shredded pepper Jack cheese.

Ms. Klobuchar’s hot-dish recipe.

Here’s our recipe for another good hot dish, the Cheesy Church Potatoes (Hashbrown Casserole), that we’ll be serving this week.

Calvary’s Cheesy Church Potatoes

Serves 600

Makes 30 half size disposable steamtable pans, 20 servings/pan

120# shredded hashbrowns (24 5# bags), thawed

8# melted butter

12 50 oz cans cream of chicken soup

10# cheese, grated cheddar

18# sour cream

8# diced onions (4 2# bags frozen onions), thawed

16 Tbsp salt (1 cup)

Divide above ingredients into 12 batches: Each batch will fill 2 1/2 pans and make about 50 servings

2 bags hashbrowns (5# per bag)

2/3 # melted butter

1 50 oz can cream of chicken soup

3/4# grated cheese

1 ½# sour cream

2/3# diced onions

1 1/3 TBSP salt

Bake pans covered at 350*, stirring once after about an hour. Cook for about another 45 minutes covered. Stir again, and top with cornflake mixture. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes uncovered until browned.

Topping Mixture for 30 pans:

60 cups crushed cornflakes (about 4 34 oz bags)

4# melted butter

Menu for 1-29-20

This Wednesday night at Calvary Lutheran we’ll be serving up some nice mid-winter comfort food. Our main dish will be Shepherd’s Pie, a casserole of ground beef, mixed vegetables and gravy, topped with mashed potatoes.

Along with the regular lettuce and vegetable salad bar, we’ll have some fresh fruit salad. For dessert, we baked up 92 dozen homemade cookies today (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodles).

Dinner will be served from 4:45 to 6:15. The evening worship service will begin after dinner at 6:30 in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to join us for dinner and worship. See you tomorrow!

We invite you to join us for the Taco Bar at Calvary Lutheran Church tomorrow night. We’ll have lots of options to choose from to build your own.

  • Lettuce salad or Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Sliced red and yellow bell peppers
  • Jalapeños, sour cream, black olives
  • Salsa
  • Chicken fajita strips
  • Ground beef taco meat
  • Shredded cheese and warm nacho cheese
  • Black beans
  • Crispy corn taco shells or soft flour tortillas
  • Dessert is Apple and Peach Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream
Dinner will be served from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm. We invite all Calvary members to join us and we welcome all visitors. Donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the meals, suggesting $5 for adults and $3 for children. Any amount will help but is not necessary to dine with us.

Last week we served Philly Cheesesteak Sliders using Hawaiian rolls and a fully cooked steak, pepper and onion product. Here’s the way we made those. It’s an easy recipe to make to serve a big crowd.

For each full sized steam table pan we used 36 rolls, sliced in half and each side spread with Miracle Whip or mayonnaise. Fill with the warmed steak, pepper and onion blend, add sliced provolone cheese to cover the meat, and replace the top half off the rolls. Mix 1/2 cup melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tablespoons dehydrated onions, and pour over the top of the rolls. Cover pan with foil, bake 15 minutes at 350*, then remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.

We used this product, but you could also use thinly sliced roast beef and sautéed peppers and onions.

For dessert we made chocolate chip bars, which were basically just big chocolate chip cookies cut in squares.

Church council members helped in the dining room last week. We appreciate the help from all committees and groups or individuals who would like to serve or do dishes. Call the church office and ask for Karla to sign up to volunteer.

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