One of my favorite things about cooler weather is that it’s great excuse to get everyone together for a warm, potato soup! Gather your friends and family, and try new Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups. They will warm you right up. This could also be an amazing Game Day party menu too! Find out how I made a low cost meal for a crowd, and learn a little bit about how Idahoan® soups and other great foods bring us all together!
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I have actually been a fan of the Idahoan® brand for over 15 years! I remember always having it in the cabinet at home, and once I began to make more meals for myself and for my friends around age 18, and as I moved out of my parents’ houses, and began doing grocery shopping of my own, I literally ALWAYS made sure to have several packets of the Idahoan® instant mashed potatoes. I still always have a packet or two on hand, and love always having something yummy pairing it with dinner, usually chicken breasts, green beans, and mashed potatoes. That sounds SO good right now!!
These packets of potatoes literally shaped the way I prepared meals from the very beginning. That’s why I was really honored to be able to create a meal for friends, inspired by Idahoan®, one of the very foods I used to feed some of my first groups of friends once I moved to my own place. To see how their foods are still bringing the most important people in my life together is really heart warming. Making meals for friends is always fun, and it’s a really great way to get people together when we are all so busy.
Idahoan Steakhouse® Soups are available in a variety of delicious flavors, including: Loaded Potato, Creamy Potato, Cheddar Broccoli, and Cheddar Potato.
HOW TO MAKE SOUP FOR A LARGE CROWD OR PARTY
For our group, I mixed three different packets of Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups together, then added 12 Cups of water (because each packet requires 4 cups of water to make, and that’s it!).
3 packages of Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups in any flavor (Learn more about available flavors below)
12 Cups water
2-3 tsp Seasoning Mix of your choice - I used a Greek Seasoning, which added black pepper taste
Optional - 1-2 cups fresh broccoli flowerettes (cut into small, bite-sized pieces
What Toppings To Offer:
(Best displayed in cute bowls with spoons so guests can serve themselves)
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
This was a VERY cost effective way to feed a large group!
We served up soup and SO many other tasty sides. The cookies were a huge hit! Get the recipe below.
FOR THE DECOR:
I set the table with a slivery grey piece of fabric, then placed a black and white buffalo plaid fabric table runner over the top. I thought this really tied the warm, cozy, inviting feel of the soup into the decor as well. Next, I found the cutest white plastic spoons at the party store, plus some periwinkle colored bowls. While I could have also used glass or ceramic bowls, these worked great! Another fun idea would have been to use coffee mugs for people to eat soup from, and it would be even more casual.
I did however provide cloth napkins for guests, and a few other cute paper and bamboo plates for all those yummy side dishes.
The Best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe - Makes 20 Cookies
These cookies were a huge hit, and finished off the meal nicely. After eating our meal, we sat around the table, reminiscing about fun times we all had together over the past year, and eating oatmeal cookies.
This recipe was found on this inspiring blog, The Comfort of Cooking, here.
Note - I would recommend doubling the below recipe for a crowd.
OLD FASHIONED CHEWY OATMEAL COOKIES
YIELD: Makes 20 cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
2.) In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars until fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla until well blended. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder and nutmeg in a bowl. Stir into butter mixture. Gently stir in oats until well blended.
3.) Shape dough into rounded golfball-sized balls (about 2 Tbsp. each). Place on prepared baking sheet (I fit 9 per sheet). Flatten with the bottom of a measuring cup dipped in sugar.
4.) Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Spinach Artichoke Dip + Pita Bread Slices (Serves 6-8)
I found this recipe on the Spend With Pennies Blog, here.
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME 35 minutes
This is my favorite Spinach Artichoke dip recipe!! It’s easy to make and always a huge hit!
8 oz cream cheese , softened
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic minced
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese divided
1/2 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup gruyere cheese
10 oz frozen chopped spinach defrosted and squeezed dry
14 oz marinated artichoke hearts chopped
1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut pitas into 6 pieces each, like pizza slices.
2.) In a bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and garlic with a hand mixer until fluffy.
3.) Stir in parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, gruyere cheese, spinach, and artichokes.
4.) Place into a 9x9 casserole dish (or deep dish pie plate) and top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
5.) Bake 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is browned. Carefully remove from oven and serve directly from baking dish when safe to serve.
6.) Meanwhile, bake pita triangles for 5-7 minutes, remove from oven before they are too crunchy, and are still a bit soft but warm.
What soup flavors will you feature at your next gathering? You could also make a batch of each soup and see what your guests lie best! Lay out all the toppings in matching bowls, and offer guests spoons, napkins, plates, bread, and more! Enjoy!
Have a wonderful day!