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This time of year brings plenty of opportunity to have people gather ‘round your table… or on many cases, the kitchen counter, brimming with good eats. Whether it’s for a laid back game watching party ‘round the big screen, a meal with family ‘round the table or a celebration during this holiday season with our doors open, I reach for Reser’s Main St Bistro Side Dishes because they’re ready to heat up and have on our table in minutes, without hassle, prep or messy cleanup. 

And in all of the hustle and bustle that comes this season, laid back can be a good thing. A really good thing. That’s where this mashed potato and mac & cheese bar can really shine! We’ve taken two ultimate comfort foods that I typically pile high on my plate, and made them the hero of our party in an impressive spread of food. What’s so amazing is that you’re not only making it easier on yourself as the hostess (because everyone loves a buffet where they can fill their own plate with what they love), but you’ve also opened up the door to so many flavor combinations and varieties of eats that even the most finicky of guests can find something to enjoy. With a full toppings buffet of veggies, sauces, proteins and more, I can leave guests to savor an array of food for themselves while I enjoy the game, sweet conversation or even a nap on the couch with my babes!

Be sure to watch the video above, or head over to YouTube, to see our ULTIMATE Mashed Potato and Mac & Cheese Bar. I was excited to partner up with Main St Bistro to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we set up for a game day spread or other pre-holiday gathering, keeping the prep work to a minimum, while still offering a range of flavors and combos that will please everyone at the party.

Entertaining tip: Don’t be afraid to prep your toppings ahead of time, or enlist help from delicious and time-saving prepared options! Because they’re made with high-quality, real ingredients—and without artificial colors or flavors—Main St Bistro Side Dishes look and taste like they’re made from scratch, and I can have those crave-satisfying dishes of mashed potatoes and mac & cheese on the table in minutes, without even dirtying a pan.

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To create the ULTIMATE Mashed Potato and Mac & Cheese Bar, it helps to have a variety of toppings so your game day guests can satisfy their own taste-cravings. I’m sharing a few of our favorites below.

Main Dishes: (Tip: These are super easy and convenient to find in your grocer’s meat department!)

  • Main St Bistro Signature Mashed Potatoes
  • Main St Bistro Signature Macaroni & Cheese

Proteins:

  • Crockpot Shredded Chicken Breast (Toss a couple of chicken breasts and some broth in the crockpot in the morning for a quick and easy protein to get cooking while you prep. Then when you’re ready to use, place in the mixer when the chicken is still warm, and it’ll do the shredding for you!)
  • Shredded Pork (Extra credit tip: pick up some prepared shredded pork while you’re picking up your Main St Bistro heroes of the bar – just heat the pulled pork up and you’re ready to go!)
  • Crumbled Bacon (Because, obviously, everything is better with bacon!)

Sauces and dairy:

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Sour Cream
  • Pesto
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles

Vegetables:

  • Chopped Green Onion
  • Sliced Jalapeño
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Diced Tomato
  • Steamed Broccoli Florets
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa or Pico de Gallo

Crunch:

  • Crushed Tortilla Chips

 

The great thing about all of the above, is that the items can mix and match to create a multitude of plating options!

Looking for even more inspiration? Here are some of our favorite flavor combinations!

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  • Main St Bistro Signature Mashed Potatoes
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Sour Cream
  • Chopped Green Onion
  • Shredded Chicken Breast (optional)

Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more.Pulled Pork Mashed Potatoes

  • Main St Bistro Signature Mashed Potatoes
  • Pulled Pork
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Sliced Jalapeno

Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more.Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

  • Main St Bistro Signature Macaroni & Cheese
  • Shredded Chicken Breast
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Green Onion

Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Nacho mac and cheese, pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Nacho mac and cheese, pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Nacho mac and cheese, pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more. Laid Back Entertaining With a Mashed Potato and Mac and Cheese Bar. Nacho mac and cheese, pulled pork mashed potatoes and so much more.Nacho Mac & Cheese

  • Main St Bistro Signature Macaroni & Cheese
  • Shredded Chicken Breast (optional)
  • Sliced Jalapeno
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa or Pico de Gallo
  • Sour Cream
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips

What’s your favorite go-to easy entertaining meal idea? Share in the comments!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Main St Bistro. The opinions and text are all mine.

 
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