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Simplify Holiday Entertaining

November 30, 2018

( Family Features ) Preparing side dishes can be time consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes.

Like many hosts, you are likely searching for perfection in your holiday get-togethers. While those expectations are lofty, and each year may seem more and more difficult with an ever-expanding guest list, you can make things easier by serving ready-to-eat options like refrigerated macaroni and cheese, made with real milk and cheese.

Find more ideas to make your holiday sides simply delicious at bobevansgrocery.com.

Fancy Mac

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

Nonstick cooking spray1 package Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained1 1/4 cups shredded Gouda cheese, divided1 package Bob Evans Thick Sliced Hardwood Smoked Bacon, cooked and broken into pieces1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper2 eggs, lightly beaten

Heat oven to 400° F. Spray four ramekins with cooking spray.Heat macaroni and cheese according to package directions. Once cooked, stir in spinach, 1 cup cheese, bacon, salt and pepper.Let mixture stand 10-15 minutes to cool. Add eggs. Spoon evenly into ramekins. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.Bake 20 minutes, or until centers are set.

Sweet Potato Cookies

Prep time: 28-33 minutes

Cook time: 10-12 minutes

Serves: 36

3/4 cup vegetable shortening3/4 cup brown sugar1 large egg1 cup Bob Evans Mashed Sweet Potatoes2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice1 cup butter, unsalted3 cups powdered sugar1/2 teaspoon maple extractchopped honey roasted pecans (optional)mini marshmallows (optional)

Heat oven to 350° F.In large bowl, using hand mixer or paddle attachment, cream shortening and brown sugar. Add egg and sweet potatoes; mix until combined.In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture until well mixed. Using small cookie scoop, drop rounds onto greased baking sheets.Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely before frosting.In separate bowl, beat together butter, powdered sugar and maple extract until frosting is light and fluffy. Frost each cooled cookie with maple butter cream frosting.Sprinkle with pecans and mini marshmallows, if desired. Carefully toast marshmallows with culinary torch, if desired, while avoiding melting frosting.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

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