St. Louis Ravioli #SundaySupper

Party season is in full swing! That means you might be looking for a quick and easy holiday appetizers so you can spend more time mingling than in the kitchen.  These toasted St. Louis Ravioli are the perfect holiday appetizer.  Cheese ravioli is dipped in egg, covered in a flour mixture then fried until golden brown.  One creamy and crunchy bite will have guests asking for seconds.

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I have been making this ravioli for years.  When we have a party at our house I always make this because it’s easy and simple.  While it’s made to be hot it really tastes just as good when it’s cold.  On the rare occasion that we do have leftovers I have found myself in front of the fridge late night snacking on the cold crunchy goodness dipping it into the equally cold spaghetti sauce.  Come on….if your thinking I’m weird I know that you can think of people (or even yourself) that love cold pizza. Same difference?!?! Ok maybe not but either way it’s great for a crowd or late night binge snacking while watching 30 Rock after your guests leave.

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St. Louis Ravioli | Bottom Left of the Mitten
It’s as simple as just a few easy steps as you can see above. First take the bag of ravioli and cook it according to package directions. Drain and that is done.  Mix together the flour, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder on a plate or in a shallow pan.  Beat 2 eggs.  Add to a frying pan enough oil to cover the bottom generously-I used about 1/4 cups.  Heat the oil over medium/high heat for 1-2 minutes.  The oil can be checked if it’s ready for frying by lightly flicking a dash of flour into the pan-if it sizzles it’s ready.  Dip ravioli into the eggs then the flour then add to the oil.  Toast 2 minutes each side until it’s golden brown then remove and place onto a towel with a paper towel to drain.

These raviolis will be worked in batches.  When about half of them are cooked the pan may need to be turned off and the oil discarded (please use caution and empty oil into a proper container) then add new oil since burnt flour bits get into the bottom of the pan during the frying process.  After all the raviolis are cooked heat up a jar of spaghetti sauce for dipping.  And here you are…..

St. Louis Ravioli | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Happy Holidays!

Thank you Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking for hosting this week!  If your hosting this year make sure to check out all these Holiday Party Recipes below:

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Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Well, the Holiday Season is upon us.  Whether I have to drag you kicking and screaming and inject you with season cheer.  Or if you’ve had your finger on the Christmas tree lights while wearing your reindeer antlers. It’s here.  Alas!  Now me, I’m a holiday person.  Pumpkin pie, dress the turkey, trim the tree, hang the stockings. Yes to all of it! But once the holiday is over-I’m over it.  The next day: Tree-gone! Lights on the house-gone! Let’s not dwell and start thinking about the new year.  But while it is here, I really do enjoy every moment of it.  So this year one of the ways we’re going to enjoy it is by having some friends over for a Craft Beer Tasting Party!

Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Santa likes craft beer as much as I do! Or I inadvertently placed that there.

Usually when we have a party it’s BYOB and a dish to pass.  Which is great as the host I only have to come up with one dish and also get to try all the great food that our friends make.  This year I’m making Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip.  It’s a dish that I see on almost every brew pub menu so it’s a great appetizer for this party.  Let’s get cooking. Or stirring, because it’s that simple. Cook the spinach to package directions and make sure it’s strained.  Mix all other ingredients together up until the shredded cheese.  Split half into the mixture.  Put dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted. Like I said, party perfect!

Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke DipFor the ultimate craft beer party a tasting set is key.  It gives guests a unique way to experience craft beer.  Each glass contains a tasting marker for what beer goes best with what glass.  These also make spectacular Christmas gifts for the Craft Beer Lover in your life.

Since we are having a craft beer party I thought I would throw out the usual BYOB for this party and call it the ‘Sixer Mixer’. Bring a six pack of beer for all to share.  Some like IPA’s, some like Hefeweizen.  Some like Pilsners, some like Stouts.  Beer has a unique talent of finding just the right one for you.  Plus this beer sharing goes perfectly with the fun game that we’re playing, Brew Haha!  Can you get creative enough to beat your friends?

Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip from Bottom Left of the Mitten

And finally what is a party without music?  Hook up the Friday Afternoon Speaker and crank up the jams.  Crack your beer open, tip it over then put the phone in the now available ‘holder’.  I highly suggest queuing up some Yelawolf.  He is backed up by a Michigan native, maybe you’ve heard of him, Eminem!  If you have someone on your gift list that loves music and beer, this would make a great gift.

Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Party On & Happy Holidays!

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Creamy party dip loaded with spinach, zesty artichoke hearts and crunchy water chestnuts. Baked to bubbly perfection. Serve at your next party!
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  1. Combine all ingredients through the shredded Italian cheese. Please 1/2 into the dip.
  2. Place dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve with crackers, bread, or pita crisps. Just don't double dip! Enjoy.
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Ham It Up Cheese Ball

This week for Mitten Movie Night I’m shaking things up a bit!  No beer pairing.  Instead I am sharing a quick appetizer that can be made for all the fun parties and tailgates that are going on for Fall.  Just a few ingredients and you’ve got a creamy, cheesy, hammy Cheese Ball that you can serve with chips or crackers. Party perfection!

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Usually Friday night is the night hubby and I relax.  Watch a movie, grab a good beer after eating a great dinner.  But tonight is different because I have another date…with my 10 year old!  We are heading to see author Johnathan Rand at the local Middle School.  On a trip 3 years ago to Mackinac Island we found his Michigan Chillers books so we purchased a few.  Since then Big A’s collection has grown quite extensively to include most of the American Chillers as well.  Here he is a few years ago for ‘Dress Like A Book Character Day’ in honor of Kentucky Komodo Dragons.

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It was exciting when I was reading our local newspaper and found out he was coming right here to our little town!  We may be small but we have a great Chamber of Commerce, the Dogwood Fine Arts which is putting this together as well as Southwestern Michigan College who put on plays that just make my jaw drop.  It’s a great place to live in the Bottom Left of the Mitten.  So he and I are going to head there while Dad & Little A stay home.

Ok, on to the cheese ball!  I am making this for a party that we are going to tomorrow.  Hay ride, good friends, good food.  I’m excited.  The nice thing about this is it takes just a few ingredients and quick even though it does require some serious stirring.  Check out the video below for directions….

 From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Just a few ingredients and you've got a creamy, cheesy, hammy Cheese Ball that you can serve with chips or crackers. Party perfection!
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  1. Chop green onions and ham into small pieces so that you get a little in each bite.
  2. Add both packages of cream cheese to a bowl. Then add seasoning salt and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir. Add green onions and ham. Finish stirring until all ingredients combined.
  3. Add 1 cup of combined cheeses. Stir until a ball is formed.
  4. On a separate plate put the additional 1/2 cup of cheese. Roll the ball into the cheese. When all cheese has stuck transfer to another plate.
  5. Serve with Pita Chips or Crackers. Enjoy!
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Ham and Salami Roll-ups #SundaySupper

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I’m going to come right out and say something that might make my unpopular.  I’m happy Summer is coming to an end.  I know this kind of talk is shunned, especially in a state like Michigan, but I can’t help it.  I love Fall.  Smother everything in pumpkin and give me a chunky sweater.  I am in my element.  If your bummed about the cooling weather at least be perked up with something that is also a big part of Fall?  Football!  Let me also share with you my boys favorite snack during games as a peace offering, Ham & Salami Roll-ups.

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Our town really gets in to football.  My 10-year-old plays on the local Rocket Football team which my husband coaches.  No matter what corner of town you’re on you can hear the crowds cheering and band playing on Friday night High School home games.  As for college teams my house is divided.  My husband is University of Michigan but my son is Spartans all the way.  Then geographically we live in Michigan but we are within 30 minutes of Notre Dame so we have a lot of their fans in our town too. Oh, and we live within 35 minutes of Western Michigan.  As my husband recently said after taking our 10 yr. old to the WMU football camp “It is a great time for kids living in this area with all these great schools around.”  I agree.

And don’t even get me started on Pro Football.  We live within 2 hours of Chicago so my family is Bears while another part of our family are Lions fans.  I could go on but I won’t I would rather show you how with just a few ingredients you can be on your way to wowing your football loving crowd no matter who you root for.  Gather your ingredients….

Ham & Salami Rollup from Bottom left of the Mitten

First, make sure that your cream cheese has softened some.  If you try and mix the spices it will be too hard if not and then also you can tar the tortilla when spreading it.  I left mine out for about 30 minutes.  Once softened add your chili powder, garlic & seasoning salt to it.  Mix well.

Next cut up all your cheese and tomatoes.  You will get 3 roll-ups from each tortilla so make sure you have 36 pieces of cheese, tomatoes and olives for the garnish.

Ham & Salami Rollups from Bottom Left of the Mitten

And all that’s left to do is assemble.  I lay out all of my tortillas and then layer from there.  Tortilla layered with cream cheese mixture, add salami, add ham, add pickle and roll.   Ham & Salami Rollups from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now you will add 3 toothpicks to secure.  Cut in even sections.  Add piece of cheese, tomato and olive for garnish.  And here you are….

Ham & Cheese Salami Rollups from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you so much to Coleen from The Redhead Baker for hosting this weeks Sunday Supper.  Get your hungry game watchers filled up fast with these other Easy Football Food Ideas…….

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.
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Ham & Cheese Salami Rollups from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Tortillas smothered with spicy cream cheese, ham & salami. Perfect appetizer for Game Day!
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Ham & Salami Rollup from Bottom left of the Mitten
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  1. Once softened add your chili powder, garlic & seasoning salt to it. Mix well.
  2. Cut up all your cheese and tomatoes. You will get 3 roll-ups from each tortilla so make sure you have 36 pieces of cheese, tomatoes and olives for the garnish.
  3. Lay out tortillas and then layer from there. Tortilla layered with cream cheese mixture, add salami, add ham, add pickle and roll.
  4. Now you will add 3 toothpicks to secure. Cut in even sections. Add piece of cheese, tomato and olive for garnish.
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