Birthday parties can be a big event for a young child, but they also are a fun occasion no matter how old you are.
We celebrated my dad's 85th birthday over the weekend by having a potluck at my brother Guy's and his wife's house in West Fargo, N.D. With seven children in our family and many grandchildren contributing to the potluck, we had a big assortment of wonderful dishes.
I brought a batch of homemade buns from a recipe I recently received from a dear friend, served with a cream cheese egg spread. I made the buns into small dollar size buns that were more of an appetizer size. The buns are so soft and tasty.
Mom's New Buns
2 eggs, cracked into the bottom of a 2-cup measure
Fill measuring cup with lukewarm water to 2 cups with the eggs
Put water/egg mixture into bread container in bread machine
4 tablespoons powdered milk
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons yeast
6 tablespoons soft butter
4 1/2 cups flour
Set bread machine on dough mode. When machine beeps, remove dough from machine, pour out on counter and make into buns. If dough is a little sticky, add a little flour. Make into buns, put on cookie sheet and let raise until dough is double in size. Bake buns at 350 degrees until lightly browned on top.
1/2 pound cream cheese
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
4 tablespoons Thousand Island salad dressing
4 hard cooked eggs, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Mix all together. Chill. Serve on Hi-Ho crackers or on fresh small dollar buns.
Jackie's Chicken Enchiladas
4 chicken breasts
1 can green chilies, chopped
12 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
Salt, to taste
Garlic, to taste
8 ounces sour cream, divided
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Cook the chicken with salt and garlic. Cut chicken up into small bite size pieces. Mix chicken, 1/2 of the sour cream, chilies, 1/2 can cream of chicken soup and 1/2 package of cheese. Spread on tortillas; fold and put in casserole dish. For sauce, combine mushroom soup and the remaining sour cream. Pour over tortillas. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
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