Hello first Mitten Movie Night of the Fall! I am kicking it off with a reboot of one of my first recipes on the blog. The original – let’s just say the recipe is STILL phenomenal but my photos….they were not good. So I’ve freshened them up so that you can see the beauty that is this salad. Cajun Steak & Potato Salad to be exact. This is a very basic salad but comes together with a creamy poppy seed dressing that makes everything meld together in pure perfection.
When I first made this recipe Mitten Movie Night wasn’t even a plan for the blog. The big idea came when I was thinking about my upcoming birthday and what I was going to make for dinner. I wanted to recreate a Portobello Mushroom Burger recipe from a restaurant that I love when we go to Wisconsin Dells. If I pulled it off I was going to put it on the blog. Then I was thinking about what beer I wanted to drink. And then what movie we would watch. Light bulb moment…and with a little tweeking that is when Mitten Movie Night came to be.
Just a little over a year now we’ve been celebrating every Friday that I can. Things have slowed down for the blog since moving into the new house and a busy Summer but now that we are settled in and the kids are finally back in school I’m hoping it can become a regular feature throughout the year. Now on to this recipe that I’m pairing with Sierra Nevada Peach IPA. Perfect compliment to the tangy & sweet poppy seed dressing. We are watching It to brush up before going and seeing it in theaters this weekend. The best thing about this time of year is getting ready for scary movies and Halloween! Enough about that now on to the food.
Start off with the potatoes. 20 minutes before your planning on starting the meal clean and slice the potatoes. Add the slices into a bowl of salted cold water. This gets the extra water out of the potatoes so that they can get good and crispy when they cook. Drain the water from them then layer out onto a paper towel. Completely dry both sides as much as you can. Once they are as dry as possible sprinkle on both sides with Cajun seasoning. Warm a skillet and add oil. Let it come to medium/high heat then add potatoes. Cook on each side 4 minutes depending on your pan and your heat.
While the potatoes cook, chop your onion. Once the potatoes are done remove them from the pan on to a separate plate. Now it’s time to add your onion & steak. I got these sizzler steaks which are very thin and cook quickly. They also slice up nice and thin and end up very tender. I cooked these about 2 minutes per side.
While the steak is cooking make your delicious, creamy Poppy Seed Dressing. Grab a small jar and add the mayo, sugar, milk, vinegar, poppy seeds and mustard. Add top and shake it to combine all the ingredients.
Once the steak has cooked take it and cut into thin slices. Chop lettuce up lettuce and tomatoes. Assemble the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, potatoes, steak and onion. Either add dressing right on top of the salad or let everyone add their own. And here you are……
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Poppy Seed Dressing Adapted from Moms Need to Know
This post was originally from May 2016-it has been updated with photos & text.
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I’m going to come right out and say something that might make my unpopular. Summer is coming to an end and I am very happy about it. I know this kind of talk is shunned, especially in a state like Michigan, but I can’t help it. Fall is the best! Smother everything in pumpkin and give me a chunky sweater and 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.
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. 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. Now let’s get on a roll with this recipe!
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.
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.
Now you will add 3 toothpicks to secure. Cut in even sections. Add piece of cheese, tomato and olive for garnish. If you love ham based appetizers you can also check out my Ham It Up Cheese Ball. And here you are….
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…….
- Atomic Buffalo Turds by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
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- Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Sliders by Flavor Mosaic
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- Sausage Pizza Dip from Family Foodie
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- Black Bean Chili by Cricket’s Confections
- Blackberry Sriracha BBQ Wings by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Honey Lime BBQ Chicken Thighs by Our Good Life
- Mexican Pizza by Chef Next Door
- Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders by Food Done Light
- Oven-Fried Fish Sliders by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Philly Cheesesteak Sliders by The Redhead Baker
- White Chicken Chili by Powered by BLING
- Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad by Crazed Mom
- 5-Ingredient Buckeye Dip by A Mind Full Mom
- Brownie Bomb Bars by Turnips 2 Tangerines
- Chocolate Football Cookies by The Freshman Cook
- Miso Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches by Ninja Baker
- Touchdown Popcorn Toffee Bark by The Weekend Gourmet
- White Chocolate Toffee Chunk Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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