Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup #SundaySupper

I first made this Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup recipe as something quick to take my best friend who was sick in the hospital. I was originally going to make a pasta dish with most of these ingredients but adjusted it on the fly to make the ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup to take to her so she could skip the hospital food. I’m glad I did because it has become something that I now make, a lot.

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Top this with some homemade croutons and a sprinkle of Parmesan. The croutons give it really good crunch. Now on to the soup!

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.

Now add your sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked I usually either drain this on a plate with a paper towel or drain in colander. I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.  I now also add the other half of my butter.  Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.

To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.  This is what thickens the stock.

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Add the chicken stock now.  I love using bouillon so I heat up 1 cup of water and dissolve the cubes in that.  Then add the remaining water after that.  Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan.  And here you are……

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Originally published March, 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

Thank you to this weeks Sunday Supper host! Check out all the other recipes that will keep your soup pot boiling all Winter long.

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Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
The ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup with spicy sausage and bites of gnocchi. Top with homemade croutons and Parmesan and dig in.
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened. Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.
  2. Add your sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked drain **I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.
  3. Add the other half of my butter. Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.
  4. To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.
  5. Add the chicken stock. Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan. Enjoy!
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Cajun Steak & Potato Salad

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.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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……

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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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Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Salads don't have to be boring! This spicy Cajun steak and potato salad with poppy seed dressing will have you eating your vegetables and asking for more.
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Salad
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Poppy Seed Dressing
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Salad
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Poppy Seed Dressing
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
  1. 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.
  2. Drain the water from the potatoes 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Cook thin steaks about 2 minutes per side or longer depending on steak cut, size and desired temperature.
  5. Once the steak has cooked take it and cut into thin slices.
  6. Chop lettuce up lettuce and tomatoes. Assemble the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, potatoes, steak and onion. Enjoy!
Poppy Seed Dressing
  1. 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.
  2. Pour over salad to serve or serve on the side.
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Loaded Cheese Fries

It has been a long week for a Michigander!  We’ve had 3, yes I said 3, snow days this week.   So to reminisce on the days of Summer for this Mitten Movie Night we fired up the smoker, a thing we do often when it’s warmer, to slow cook a bottom round roast.  It was the perfect addition to put on top of some Loaded Cheese Fries!

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten
For the beer we’re enjoying some Devil Dancer from Founders.  The movie, Lights Out.  I had wanted to see this in the theaters so bad because I LOVE scary movies but alas we just didn’t have time to go.  This is precisely why I love Mitten Movie Night because it gives me a chance to make great meals like a Pepper Steak Pizza or even special treats for the kids like these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms and catch up on a movie we’ve been waiting to see. Thank you Netflix! So now on to the recipe.

Loaded Cheese Fries | Bottom Left of the Mitten

A key that I’ve found to smoking meat is ‘prior preparation’.  The night before take the meat and put it into a great brine and make sure to give it at least 8 hours in the refrigerator.  We use a brine of Coca-Cola, garlic & onion powders, kosher salt, molasses and apple cider vinegar.  Before putting the meat into the smoker pat it dry then generously cover with a dry rub like this Bayou Black from Legion of Spice.  I also used their Jerk seasoning to make these amazing Jerk Chicken Sandwiches which has been my most popular recipe on the blog to date.  Follow your smokers user directions for cooking time but it generally is 1 Hour per 1 Pound of meat.  This roast took an 2-1/2 hours.  Turn off heat.  Take out the roast and cover with tinfoil and return to smoker to rest for 20 minutes.

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

About a half hour before the meat is done prepare the bagged fries according to package directions.  I grabbed a bag of Alexia Organics Fries from the grocery store.  Now let me tell you-I’ve used other types of frozen fries before and never liked the way they came out.  Usually soggy and never crispy.  These however were phenomenal and not to mention easier than making my own.  For the toppings chop up some tomatoes and jalapenos. Sautee an onion in some butter.  Get some parsley for added flair.  Whip up a quick cheese sauce by creating a roux with butter and milk then add cheese.

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The smoked roast came out perfect.  Juicy and moist with a slight crust on it from the rub.  It came out medium/rare with the cooking method I mentioned above but as always with meat cook to your preference and follow food safety guidelines.  Now time to assemble!

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start with a french fry base, add sweet onions, tomatoes and jalapenos, the meat that has been cut into strips then finally smother in cheese sauce.  Garnish with parsley and here you are…..

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Loaded Cheese Fries
Crisp french fries loaded with all the goodies like tomatoes, jalapenos, smoked beef and a smooth and creamy cheese sauce. Perfect for sharing...if you want!
Loaded Cheese Fries| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
Loaded Cheese Fries| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Brine/Rub
  1. On the stove top heat up all the ingredients in a small pan. Let come to a boil then remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Once cooled put in a baking dish with the meat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  3. Before putting the meat into the smoker pat it dry then generously cover with a dry rub. Follow your smokers user directions for cooking time but it generally is 1 Hour per 1 Pound of meat. This roast took an 2-1/2 hours. Turn off the smoker. Take out and cover with tinfoil and return to smoker to rest another 20 minutes.
Cheese Sauce
  1. Melt butter in a small pan. Gradually add flour. Then gradually add milk. Once it's all combined add cheese to mixture. Stir until melted. Use to top the french fries.
French Fries & Topping
  1. Prepare bagged fries to package directions.
  2. For the toppings chop up some tomatoes and jalapenos. Sautee an onion in some butter.
  3. Assemble by starting with a french fry base, add sweet onions, tomatoes and jalapenos, the meat that has been cut into strips then finally smother in cheese sauce. Garnish with parsley. Enjoy!
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Ham and Salami Roll-ups #SundaySupper

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.

Ham & Salami Rollup from Bottom left of the Mitten

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.

Ham and Salami Roll-ups | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.   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.  If you love ham based appetizers you can also check out my Ham It Up Cheese Ball.  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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Ham and Salami Rollups
Tortillas spread with spicy cream cheese then layered with ham and salami. A quick appetizer for any party, camping snack or game day!
Ham & Salami Rollup from Bottom left of the Mitten
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
roll ups
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
roll ups
Ingredients
Ham & Salami Rollup from Bottom left of the Mitten
Instructions
  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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