The Easter holiday approaches, spring has sprung and we start to prepare for Easter Sunday feasts! The Mavens at Maven have compiled a list of our favorite recipes. As you celebrate with your family, enjoy these recipes we share with our family and friends.
Enjoy and happy cooking!
Lacey, Right Hand Woman :
Black Bean Salsa is a really fun summer treat for my family! We always have this salsa by the lake or by the pool. I associate this recipe with fun summer weather, grilling out and hanging out with friends.
Two 30 oz. cans black beans - drained
1 can white shoepeg corn - drained
2 Roma tomatoes - chopped and seeded
1/4 cup red onion -chopped
1/4 cup green onion - chopped
1/4 cup pineapple - chopped
1 T cilantro – chopped
1 Jalapeno - seeded and chopped
4 T Red Wine Vinegar
Juice of 2 limes
2 T Honey
Salt/pepper/cumin to taste
Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Serve immediately with tortilla chips!
Maddie, Website Supervisor
Poppy seed chicken casserole is a meal that my family would make together on the weekends during my childhood. We would all pitch in to make it our special meal. I hope you enjoy it; it’s a creamy and hearty dish that your whole family will love.
- 5 cups Chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (or shredded)
- 1 tsp. Garlic
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Cream of chicken soup, condensed
- 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Baking & Spices
- 1 tsp. Celery salt
- 1/4 tsp. Pepper
- 1 tbsp. Poppy seeds
- 2 cups Ritz crackers
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1 cup Sour cream
(optional) 3 cups cooked rice
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Boil raw chicken breasts with salt and pepper until done. (I like to boil it with half an onion cut into large chunks to give it more flavor.) Let chicken cool slightly and cut into 1 inch cubes. Place cubed chicken in a 9X13 casserole dish.
*Note: Some people layer some cooked rice on the very bottom underneath the chicken so that it's a meal in one.
Stir together the condensed soup and sour cream. If you wish to add the additional flavorings stir in the Worcestershire, celery salt, garlic, lemon juice, and pepper to the soup and sour cream mixture. Pour over the chicken. In a separate bowl, stir together the crushed crackers and melted butter. Sprinkle over the chicken and sauce. Sprinkle the poppy seeds on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top of the casserole is browned and the sauce is bubbly. Serve plain or over rice.
Anytime I make my family’s Potato Salad, everyone asks me for this special recipe! It is a great side dish for backyard barbeques and spring time lunches with family and friends.
6 medium sized potatoes
2 bunches of green onions
8-10 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped
Cup of Parsley, chopped
Cup of sour cream
Cup of mayonnaise
Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions: Boil potatoes with skin on until they are soft but still crunchy. Dice potatoes into small cubes. Mix in all other ingredients and serve immediately! Enjoy!
Rita, Floor Manager and Marketing
One of my favorite things about getting together with my family is my MawMaw’s banana pudding. It is light and delicious. She makes it every Easter because it’s such a fun and bright yellow dish. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have the last 30 years!
1 ¼ c. sugar
2 tbsp. flour
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
4 separated eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla flavor
1 box of Nabisco Vanilla Wafers
4 medium ripe bananas
Directions: Mix flour, salt, and 1 cup of sugar. Add milk slowly. Stir constantly over low heat until thickened, for about fifteen minutes. Stirr constantly for another five minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Line the bottom of a casserole dish with vanilla wafers. Slice bananas and line on top of the wafers. Add the custard mixture on top.
Repeat layers until dish is full, ending with the custard on top.
Beat egg whites until stiff. Add ¼ cup sugar. Whip it until it peaks. Spread on top of custard and bake in oven at 450 degrees for about five minutes, or until browned. Remove from oven and serve.
To jazz it up, garnish with additional banana slices dipped in lemon juice to prevent darkening just before serving.
Hopefully these recipes will bring you and your family joy during the Easter holiday. Happy Eating!