First Tuesday Recipes of 2020!

Happy New Year! Welcome to another installment of my monthly First Tuesday Recipes series. This month we’re going international. I’ve got an Eastern European comfort food, a French-inspired entrée, and a German side dish.

Let’s get cooking!


Chicken Babka

For the dough:

1 1/4 c. flour

1/4 t. salt

1 t. baking powder

1/2 c. solid Crisco (do NOT use butter)

1 egg, beaten

3 T. milk

For the filling:

2 c. cooked chicken breast, chopped

1/2 c. chopped celery

1 T. chopped parsley

1/2 t. salt

1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted and divided (do not substitute another cream soup)

chicken broth

Prepare dough: sift dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in Crisco with two knives until pieces are pea-sized. In a small bowl, combine egg and milk; add to dry ingredients. Toss with a fork until dough holds together. With floured hands, pat dough into a ball. Chill overnight.

Prepare filling: in a large bowl combine chicken, celery, parsley, salt, and 1/2 c. soup.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Assemble: on a floured surface, roll out dough into 16″ by 17″ rectangle. Spread with filling. Roll up lengthwise. Shape roll into a ring and place in a greased 9″ pie pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden.

While babka bakes, in a small saucepan combine remaining soup and chicken broth to make a gravy. The amount of broth you use will depend on how thick you like your gravy. Simmer until heated through. Slice babka and serve with gravy.


Chicken Monte Cristo

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/4 tsp. black pepper

3 slices deli ham

3 slices Swiss cheese

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1/2 c. seasoned breadcrumbs

Cooking spray

Cherry preserves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Flatten chicken to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Sprinkle each chicken breast with black pepper. Cut each slice of ham and each slice of cheese in half. Place one piece of ham and one piece of cheese on top of each chicken breast. Roll up each breast lengthwise, tuck ends under, and secure with a toothpick.

Dip each chicken roll in egg white, then dredge in breadcrumbs.

Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and place the chicken on the sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.

Serve with cherry preserves.


German Potato Salad

6 medium potatoes

6 slices bacon

1/2 c. chopped onion

2 T. flour

2 T. sugar

1 t. salt

1 t. celery seed (key ingredient–no substitutions)

dash pepper

1 c. water

1/2 c. vinegar

2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

Cook potatoes until tender. Drain well and slice. Cook bacon until crisp, reserving 1/4 c. drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside.

Cook onion in drippings until tender. Stir in flour, sugar, salt, celery seed, and pepper. Add water and vinegar. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes more; fold in bacon and potato slices. Heat through, tossing lightly. Add egg slices; toss lightly just to mix.


As always, if you have a recipe you’d like to share, please email me at and I’ll be happy to include it in a future post!

Until next time,


23 comments on “First Tuesday Recipes of 2020!

  1. These are all super recipes, Amy. Thanks for sharing.


  2. The German Potato Salad sounds particularly good!


  3. I love German potato salad, it’s so good! I’ve added this post to my Pinterest recipe board for future reference- thanks 🙂


  4. CarolCooks2 says:

    Love the recipes Amy the Babka sounds tasty…I am sure the menfolk here would love it…Thank you for sharing 🙂 xx


  5. dgkaye says:

    These are fab Amy. My mouth is watering! ❤


  6. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Hope you had a nice start into 2020. Please don’t be nasty, but after years I’m still far away from German potato salad. I was in a boarding school. There – caringly prepared by nuns – German potato salad was daily on the table. :-)) Michael


    • amreade says:

      Oh, no! I love German potato salad, but I’m sure I wouldn’t if I had to eat it every day! When I was younger, I had English muffins every day for a very long time. It was years before I could bear the thought of eating another one. 🙂


  7. […] Head over for the directions to make this dish and also Chicken Monte Cristo and German Potato Salad: First Tuesday Recipes of 2020 […]


  8. Pat Wahler says:

    Yum! Sounds delish.


  9. Mae Clair says:

    All three of these sound great. I’ve always been fond of German potato salad.
    And I may have to work up my nerve and try making the Chicken Babka. Anything involving flour, rolling pins and dough usually intimidates me, LOL!


    • amreade says:

      I am also intimidated by anything that requires rolling out dough. The day we make sugar cookie cutouts every December is always stressful…

      That being said, the chicken babka is worth it. I’ve never tried a chocolate babka, but I see lots of recipes for it. One of these days I might have to make that, too. Good luck! Think of making the dough as an act of love. ❤

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