Favorite Food Ideas for Family Reunions

Monogrammed NapkinsBecause a family reunion is usually a casual event, we suggest serving assorted party foods via a buffet line. If you decide to go with a theme for your party, you will want to serve food that compliments your theme. For example, BBQ chicken for a Western theme, tacos for a Mexican fiesta, or teriyaki chicken for a luau.

Here are some suggestions for types of food to serve with any theme:
• Appetizers can include such items as stuffed mushrooms, crab dip with crackers, salsa and chips, Pigs in a Blanket, spinach dip in a bread bowl, and cheese and crackers.
• Chicken skewers, mini pizzas, pasta salad, baked potatoes with toppings, and a Mexican bar are great ideas for the main dishes.

Plus, here are some of our favorite recipes:

Peanut Blossom Cookies
1 ¾ cup Flour
1 teaspoon Soda
½ teaspoon Salt
½ cup Butter
½ cup Peanut Butter
½ cup Sugar
½ cup packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 Egg

Sift together flour, soda and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and peanut butter. Gradually add in sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and egg. Blend in dry ingredients. Mix well.

Shape dough into balls and place each ball into miniature muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven and immediately place a miniature Reeces Cup in the center of each ball. Let cool before removing from tin.

Texas Pepper Steak
1 Shoulder Roast (about 3 lbs)
2 tsp Meat Tenderizer
2 tsp Instant Onion
2 tsp Thyme
1 cup Marjoram
1 Bay leaf (crushed)
1 cup Wine Vinegar
½ cup Olive Oil
3 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tsp Cracked Pepper

Sprinkle meat with tenderizer. Mix onion, thyme, marjoram, bay leaf, vinegar, oil and lemon juice. Marinate roast for tow hours or more, turning every half-hour. Remove meat from marinade and pound in pepper.

Cook on grill at low setting until desired doneness is achieved. Be sure to brush on marinade each time meat is turned.

Southern Styled Baked Corn
1 16oz. can Whole Kernel Corn
1 16oz. can Cream Style Corn
2 Eggs, beaten
1 8oz. pkg corn bread mix
1 cup Sour Cream
½ cup melted butter, cooled
Salt & Pepper to taste
Parmesan Cheese

Mix undrained whole kernel corn, cream corn, eggs, cornbread mix and sour cream in bowl; stir in butter. Add salt and pepper. Spoon into a 10 x 10 baking dish. Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 15 minutes longer.
Serves 8-10

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