Recipes for Hubby’s Birthday Supper

Today is my husband’s 36th birthday! He’s the strong silent type, preferring no fanfare, so we’ll be having a quiet family supper tonight, with foods he requested on the menu.

Here’s what’s for dinner:

Southwest Rollups

~I’ve been fixing these since I first found the recipe in a 1997 issue of Taste of Home magazine–ten years of yummy! This is one of dh’s favorite “chicken” recipes…remember he’s a rancher (GO BEEF!) at heart!

  • 2 TB salsa
  • 1-2 jalepeno peppers, seeded
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 TB chopped onion
  • 1 (16 oz) can refried beans
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 TB chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup cubed chicken, or a bit more
  • 1 (4 oz) cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 10-12 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • sour cream and additional salsa, optional

Cooking instructions: Place the first eight ingredients and 1/2 cup cheese in a food processor; blend until smooth. (I don’t own a food processor, so I just chop everything fine) Spread evenly over tortillas. Roll up and place seam side down in a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; let stand until cheese melts. Serve with sour cream and salsa if desired.

Pan de Elote (corn loaf)

~This is such a family favorite, we have it annually at our big family get-togethers; however, it’s souffle-like, so it’s not a great choice for potlucks unless you can prepare and bake it on location. And no opening the oven door to peek while cooking…

  • 1 (16 oz) can cream style corn
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (4oz) can green chilies with seeds rinsed out, drained (optional)
  • 1 cup biscuit mix
  • 2 TB melted butter
  • 1/2 lb Monterrey jack cheese, grated

Combine corn, biscuit mix, egg, butter and milk. Mix well. Turn half of batter into 8x8x2 inch greased glass baking dish.

Cover with chilies and cheese. Spread with remaining batter.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until browned.

Frog-eye Salad

~This is my big sister’s recipe, an extremely luscious fruit salad…hubby adores it, and 7 year old made it just for him! (Read entire recipe before fixing)

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 TB flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

In small saucepan mix sugar, flour and salt. Stir in pineapple juice and egg. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly until thickened.* Add lemon juice. Set aside and cool.

  • 1 cup Acini Di Pepe (available in small bags in pasta section of grocery store)
  • 2 cans (11 oz each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (20 oz) chunk pineapple, drained (reserve 2/3 cup juice for first part of recipe)**
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 carton (12 oz) dairy whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries

Cook Acini Di Pepe according to package directions. Combine cooked mixture with Acini Di Pepe. Cover, place in refrigerator until chilled. Combine remaining ingredients, stir lightly. Chill at least one hour before serving 8-10.

*Note, cook juice mixture just until thick as over that egg white coagulates. (and be forewarned, it doesn’t thicken much)

**If you don’t like pineapple chunks, you can opt for pineapple tidbits, or eliminate this and just use two cans crushed pineapple.

And we’re having Peaches and Cream Pie and oldest daughter’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (secret recipe) for dessert.

Now, back to class…but before I go…humor me, what’s for supper at your house tonight and/OR what dishes would be on your birthday menu?

13 thoughts on “Recipes for Hubby’s Birthday Supper”

  1. Happy Birthday to your hubby!

    Tonight’s dinner menu contained a delicious taco salad w/ the shell!

    On my birthday menu I would probably suggest grilled chicken salad, brownies w/ vanilla ice cream, and some Crystal Light peach tea!

  2. First what about you? Did YOU have a nice birthday?!? πŸ˜€ I’ll let the ret of your blog readers try and figure THAT one out…

    Second, I can vouch for the Corn Loaf AND Frog Eyed Salad, as those are 2 recipes Mary handed down to me and are faves around here.

    Third, I can also testify to the eggs coagulating…I do it almost every time. I think from now on I will have L watch it for me…inevitably I get side tracked and forget. I end up trying to pick pieces of white egg out…

  3. Jen! I’ll come on over, can’t wait! And I’ll change you on my blogroll, asap! Thanks for the birthday wishes! It was a great evening…

    Colleen, your taco salad with shell sounds delicious! And I’m a fan of grilled chicken salads too…yum! Peach tea…mmm!

    Amy, cereal works! When my hubby has a craving for cereal for supper (very rarely) I’m amazed and grateful! My amazement comes from previous “oatmeal supper” budgets,no fun…but his cravings come from the fact that he’s not a breakfast person so he misses out on “cereal”. Poor man. πŸ˜›

    Jana! Um, my “birthday” didn’t arrive, but you know that as we’re chatting currently! :) I forgot you could vouch for those recipes, thanks! And those pesky egg whites! I’m either doing what you mentioned, or not getting it thick enough! 7 yo did a great job though, so it’s worth sticking L on it!

  4. Hi Mary – I’m a stranger to you, but followed your link after you stumbled onto my humble blog this afternoon. Thanks for checking in! Unfortunately “Anonymous” is, I believe, my oldest (wise-cracking) brother, so I hope you didn’t get the wrong idea of me and my family (spending $7G on Christmas??!! No way!) :) Just wanted to check in and introduce myself … and I was happy to stumble upon some great-sounding recipes! My husband and I are chef-wannabees (for fun, for fun), and are always looking for new things to try out. Thanks!

  5. Hi Sue, thanks for following me back here, and I totally understand about oldest brothers! Though mine doesn’t ever comment here, not even sure he reads me! Glad to know you, and have fun “cheffing”, I too, love to cook! How wonderful that your man shares this with you. :)

    Thanks, Amy! Tortillas are the best, aren’t they? I’m sure I could use a few more “wrap” recipes, maybe you could post some? Hint, hint…

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