15 9×13 Recipes Suitable for Any Traditional Family Reunion

Posted: August 23, 2021 12:00 pm

It’s not often most people can get together with all their family. So, when given the opportunity to have a family reunion, you want to make it a memorable one. With these 15 9×13 recipes, you’ll be able to feed the whole family and make 15 new conversation pieces.

1. Tatertot Casserole

Casseroles are one the most classic family reunion dishes to bring to your get together. If you want a new twist on casserole, then you should definitely try this Tatertot Casserole.

Recipe:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (16 oz.) package frozen tater tots

2. Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

What would a family reunion be without some delicious mac and cheese? This Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese can be served as a side dish, making a wonderful addition to any meal.

Recipe:

  • 1 lb. dried elbow pasta
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 4 cups grated medium sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

3. Fudge Brownies

Every family reunion could use a sweet treat to accompany all of those sweet memories. Indulge in the chocolate goodness of these delicious fudge brownies.

Recipe:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder, optional for enhanced flavor
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

4. Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is a great option for all ages. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Enjoy the soft, subtle sweetness of banana pudding with the gritty crumble of a tasty vanilla wafer!

Recipe:

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (5 oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold skim milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 (12 oz.) package vanilla wafers

5. Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders are an ideal way to jazz up your ordinary ham and cheese sandwiches. With less than an hour of preparation, lunch is ready for everyone!

Recipe:

  • cooking spray (such as Crisco)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste
  • 1 (12 count) package Hawaiian sweet rolls, split, or more as needed
  • 1 lb. sliced deli ham, or more as needed
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese, or more as needed

6. Shortcut Shepherd’s Pie

Making the perfect shepherd’s pie can be quite the process, but this recipe makes it a thousand times easier!

Recipe:

  • 5 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 (4 oz.) can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 (15 oz.) can mixed vegetables
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed cream of celery soup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. butter

7. Classic Lasagna

Here’s another traditional meal and must-have for any family reunion table. This classic lasagna will fill everyone’s stomach and have them looking for seconds.

Recipe:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (26 oz.) jaw Hy-Vee traditional spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (16 oz.) package Hy-Vee lasagna, uncooked
  • 2 (15 oz. each) containers Hy-Vee ricotta cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup Hy-Vee grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Hy-Vee large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Hy-Vee salt and Hy-Vee pepper

8. Peach Cobbler

This peach cobbler recipe will give you major points in the baking department. Your family and friends won’t be able to refrain from inquiring about how you made it.

Recipe:

  • 5 peaches, peeled, cored and sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Batter:

  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • ground cinnamon

9. Classic Chicken Pot Pie

The classic chicken pot pie is not only warm and filling, but it’s a trustworthy main dish. It’s like a warm hug on a plate.

Recipe:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups cut-up cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 box (10 oz.) frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 box (14.1 oz.) refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Crusts (2 count), softened

10. Baked Ziti with Sausage

Enjoy this Italian dish with all your loved ones. This baked Ziti is quite the crowd pleaser.

Recipe:

  • 12 oz. uncooked ziti pasta
  • 4 oz. pancetta or bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • (1 lb.) package ground Italian sausage
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed torn fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 (8 oz.) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

11. Easy Honey-Garlic Chicken

The Honey-Garlic Chicken requires very little preparation. Within 2 hours, you’ll have a thoroughly cooked chicken with a sweet, caramelized coating.

Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup Gefen honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heaven & Earth ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp. Gefen Garlic Powder or 2 cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 8 chicken quarters, skinned

12. Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

Just as you can’t have a reunion without mac and cheese, it’s also true that you can’t have one without mashed potatoes. These are certainly must-have side dishes for almost every occasion.

Recipe:

  • 5 lbs. baking potatoes
  • 2 (3 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. onion salt
  • Garnish: paprika or chopped fresh parsley

13. Can’t-Eat-Just-One Cinnamon Rolls

Still have a sweet tooth? Cinnamon rolls will surely satiate that craving!

Recipe:

  • 1 package (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

14. Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake

Don’t worry! It’s more appetizing than it sounds. The chocolate mayonnaise cake is probably one of the moistest cakes you’ll ever try.

Recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • shortening
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/3 cup hot water
  • chocolate-cream cheese frosting

15. Top-Your-Own Cheesecake

Feel free to make dessert time memorable for all with a wonderful topping bar. Have everyone dress their cheesecake using a variety of tasty, fun toppings!

Recipe:
Crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted

Filling:

  • 5 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream

Topping Options:

  • pie filling
  • ice cream topping
  • whipped cream
  • chopped nuts
  • miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • toffee bits
  • coconut
  • chocolate drizzle
  • strawberries
  • m&m’s

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