Lasagna French Bread

Just a few ingredients turn ordinary loaves of French bread into this wonderful lasagna/pizza bread hybrid. Lots of sauce, lots of cheese and so toasty on top. Everyone will love this Lasagna French Bread.

Lasagna French Bread pizza on a pan

Growing up french bread pizzas from the freezer section were one of mine & my brothers favorites! Now that I’m the cook in the house I skip the freezer section and make my own French bread right at home.

What beer pairs well with Lasagna French Bread and a movie?

The beer: Lager from Simpler Times.

We pick this beer up at Trader Joe’s. It tastes great and is a great value at less than $5 for a 6-pack.

Is Trader Joe’s a great place to buy beer?

Yes! Not only do they have a great selection of beers, they also let you taste anything you want before buying.

A shot of a cut piece of French bread. A craft beer is off to the side.

What movie pairs well with crunchy french bread pizzas and a cold beer?

For this Mitten Movie Night we are starting Harry Potter from the very beginning. We are heading to Florida in a few weeks and visiting Universal Studios while there.

This will be Little A’s first time going when he can actually enjoy everything there. He wasn’t even 2 the last time we went so I’m excited to get him into the movies so he will understand just how cool that part of the park is.

How to make Lasagna French Bread:

In a pan brown the ground beef until cooked through, drain the grease.

To the same pan add onions and garlic. There should be grease still in the pan, if not add a small amount of olive oil. Lightly brown then add the ground beef back to the pan. Now add the spaghetti sauce and cook until warmed through and all mixed together.

Cut the French bread loaves in half and removing some of the bread in the center.

Tips for making great french bread:

  • Removing some of the bread in the center makes a
    shallow area for adding the cottage cheese fillings. Makes it so much easier to eat!
  • Brush some melted butter and garlic on the bread to give it a ‘garlic bread’ feel.
A combination of photos with step-by-step for making Lasagna French bread.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

On a baking sheet lay down some parchment paper. Place the cut bread on top.

In a small bowl mix together the cottage cheese and beaten egg together. Place the mixture into the wells of the bread.

Spread the ground beef mixture on the top of the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices of bread.

Finally spread the shredded cheese on top.

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly.

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Overhead shot of some pizza bread with melted cheese and a craft beer off to the side.

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Lasagna French Bread
Lasagna French Bread is stuffed with cottage cheese filling, ground beef, spaghetti sauce and then baked with tons of cheese on top. An easy meal that will leave everyone satisfied.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a pan brown the ground beef until cooked through, drain the grease.
  2. To the same pan add onions and garlic. Lightly brown then add the ground beef back to the pan. Now add the spaghetti sauce and cook until warmed through and all mixed together.
  3. Cut the French bread loaves in half and removing some of the bread in the center.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. On a baking sheet lay down some parchment paper. Place the cut bread on top.
  6. In a small bowl mix together the cottage cheese and beaten egg together. Place the mixture into the wells of the bread.
  7. Spread the ground beef mixture on the top of the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices of bread.
  8. Finally spread the shredded cheese on top.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Fiesta Fries

Tired of the same old tacos? Looking to give fries a new life? Then try these Fiesta Fries for dinner or at your next party.

A layout of beef, fries and toppings for Fiesta Fries.

With the holidays behind us, I was ready to just relax on this Mitten Movie Night and make something super easy. These Fiesta Fries were on the table in less than 20 minutes and took ALL THE STUFF I LOVE IN TACOS and loads it on top of crispy french fries.

What TV show pairs well with loaded french fries and beer?

I am on the third episode of Escape At Dannemora. If you are into compelling dramas that are based on actual events, then this show is for you.

Patricia Arquette’s character is really one of the most complex I’ve seen in a long time. You want to hate her. You want to feel sorry for her. I can see why she’s up for awards for this role.

What beer pairs well with Fiesta Fries?

The beer: Tiny Bomb American Pilsner from Wiseacre Brewing Co.

We purchased this while we were on our trip to Nashville in November. This beer was very similar to my favorite type of blonde ale just slightly less sweet. Gave me a serious summertime vibe even in the middle of winter.

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

Like most people, I’m sure either you asked for an Instant Pot or an Air Fryer for Christmas this year. I asked for the later and have to admit I am so happy I did! For this recipe, I used it to make my fries nice and crispy.

How do you make crispy french fries in the air fryer?

According to my air fryer users guide frozen french fries should be cooked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

I used this as a start but went 10 minutes at 400 degrees, taking out the basket and shaking, then cooking for another 10 minutes. They turned out perfect! (Fries go great with PB&J Burgers, Michigan Hot Dogs or Roast Beef Sandwiches)

French fries that have been made in an air fryer.

How to make Fiesta Fries:

Next, make the beef with green chili enchilada sauce for the topping on the fries.

Start by browning 1 pound of 80/20 beef with 1/4 cup green onions. Save the green ends for garnish. 

Once the beef is cooked all the way through add the green chili enchilada sauce. Heat through.

Ground beef and green chile enchilada sauce.

For toppings I made avocado ranch dressing, cheese, tomatoes, the rest of the green onions, and jalapenos. I then drizzled with taco sauce. It worked so well with the cooling effect of the avocado ranch.

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

The nice thing about these fries are they are PERFECT for parties, especially the Super Bowl coming up. Set everything up and let guests load them up as they like.

And here you are…..

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

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Fiesta Fries
Fiesta Fries have green chili enchilada beef, avocado ranch dressing, and spicy taco sauce piled on top of crispy french fries.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Make the french fries according to package directions or made to air fryer specifications.
  2. Brown 1 pound of 80/20 beef with 1/4 cup green onions. Save the green ends for garnish.
  3. Once the beef is cooked all the way through add the green chili enchilada sauce. Heat through.
  4. Top with avocado ranch dressing, cheese, tomatoes, the rest of the green onions, and jalapenos. Drizzle with taco sauce. Enjoy!

Roast Beef Sandwich

Say goodbye to boring pieces of bread with uninspiring meats on them!  This Roast Beef Sandwich has tender roast beef, bacon, onions and mushrooms loaded on top of a soft loaf of Italian bread.  Don’t forget the chunky blue cheese spread!

Roast Beef Sandwich layed out and ready to eat with toppings and a craft beer off to the side.

Well, it’s official. This Mitten Movie Night marks 1 month until….my birthday! In honor of the downward slide and creeping closer to the middle of 40, I figured I would treat myself to one of my favorite food groups-sandwiches.  There is nothing better than a BIG sandwich that you can sink your teeth into and just enjoy. The best thing about sandwiches is that almost anything goes and that goes for this roast beef sandwich that’s anything but average.

When I was thinking of what type of sandwich to make I decided to make it like a big sub sandwich.  Growing up, my mom would make sub sandwiches in the summer and it was always a special treat.  While I was at it I thought some bacon would be really good with this too.  Then finally, let’s slather a blue cheese sauce on it.

A roast beef sandwich.

What movie pairs well with a roast beef sandwich and beer?

For the movie recommendation, I HIGHLY suggest Father of the Year. Who doesn’t love Adam Sandler movies?  David Spade returns to a little bit of Joe Dirt character which made this movie too funny! So now on to the roast beef sandwich recipe.

What beer pairs well with a roast beef sandwich?

The beer: Pooltime Ale from Bell’s Brewing.

The beefy concoction will pair perfectly with this refreshing summer brew.  This beer is slightly tart from the cherries which make a perfect contrast to all the beef and tangy blue cheese in this.  I may even say that I hit this combination out of the park!

How to make this Roast Beef Sandwich:

First, start by cooking the bacon.  I like bacon very crisp so I cooked it for about 6 minutes then turn and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.

Take the loaf of bread and cut it in half.  Spread with butter and place face down on a cookie sheet.

Put into a preheated 350-degree oven and let it toast up for about 5-8 minutes.

Steps and ingredients of how to make a Roast Beef Sandwich.

Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and put on a plate with paper towels to allow it to drain.  Remove all the grease in the pan from the bacon reserving about 1-2 tsp.

Add 1 Tbs of butter to that (this is not very diet friendly if you can’t tell) then add the sliced mushrooms and onions.

Let those cook down for about 5 minutes.  Then add the roast beef.

While those cook flip the bread over and spread the cheese equally on each side.  Put back into the oven and let the cheese melt, around 5 minutes.

Make the sauce by mixing the blue cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish sauce together.

Crumble the bacon and add to the cooked roast beef.  Take the bread out of the oven then pile it high onto one side of the bread then top off with the other.

Cut into 6 pieces then serve.  Let others add lettuce, tomatoes, and the blue cheese mixture as they like.

And here you are…..

Roast Beef Sandwich layed out and ready to eat with toppings and a craft beer off to the side.

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Roast Beef Sandwich

This is not your average Roast Beef Sandwich. It's a big, bold sandwich filled with roast beef, mushrooms, onions, and bacon. Slather with a blue cheese spread for the ultimate in sandwiches.

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

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Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the bacon. Cook for about 6 minutes then turn and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.

  2. Take the loaf of bread and cut it in half. Spread with butter and place face down on a cookie sheet. Put into a preheated 350-degree oven and let it toast up for about 5-8 minutes.

  3. Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and put on a plate with paper towels to allow it to drain. Remove all the grease in the pan from the bacon reserving about 1-2 tsp.

  4. Add 1 Tbs of butter to that then add the sliced mushrooms and onions. Let those cook down for about 5 minutes. Then add the roast beef.

  5. While those cook flip the bread over and spread the cheese equally on each side. Put back into the oven and let the cheese melt, around 5 minutes.

  6. Now make the sauce which is just mixing the blue cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish sauce together.

  7. Crumble the bacon and add to the cooked roast beef.

  8. Take the bread out of the oven then pile it high onto one side of the bread then top off with the other. Cut into 6 pieces then serve. Let others add lettuce, tomatoes, and the blue cheese mixture as they like. Enjoy!

BBQ Baked Potatoes #CookoutWeek

Warmer weather means grilling out! Give these BBQ Baked Potatoes a try. Loaded with beef and beans then topped with cheese and green onions this potato makes a wonderful meal.

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 I’m so excited to be participating in another #CookoutWeek! Time sure goes by fast when it feels like we just got done with Choctoberfest.

I feel like summer just started yet we are a week away from the 4th of July.  Michigan is odd though because due to the law we do not start school until after Labor Day.  Where we live in Michigan it’s very close to Indiana and they’ve already been out of school for what feels like weeks!

Well, whenever your summer starts no matter where summer usually means cooking out.  So let’s get to my first contribution to #CookoutWeek, BBQ baked potatoes.

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Chef Shamy sent me two tubs of what I am referring to now as ‘the good stuff’.  From beginning to end Chef Shamy is what made these potatoes. The whole time we were eating them my 11-year-old kept saying, ‘The butter is what makes it.’

How to make BBQ Baked Potatoes:

After looking into a few different variations of making BBQ baked potatoes on the grill it seemed like the only logical choice would be to season the tin foil that we are wrapping our potato in.

Start by ripping off 6 large sheets of tin foil.  Wash the potatoes then set them aside.  In a microwaveable bowl melt the Chef Shamy Garlic butter.

With a basting brush spread the butter on one side of each piece of tin foil.  Sprinkle with sea salt.

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Poke each potato with a fork to make holes for steam to escape as they cook.

Put the baked potato right in the center of the tin foil then fold at the top then the sides.  It is now ready for the grill.

Crank the heat on the grill to medium heat so these cook low and slow for 45 minutes-1 hour.

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In the last 15 minutes of the potato, cooking make the toppings. I decided on beef, beans, and a slightly sweet BBQ sauce would be perfect!

In a pan brown the beef, garlic and chopped onion until the meat is cooked all the way through.  Drain off the extra fat from the pan.  Now add the chili beans, beef broth,  ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses, chili powder, and paprika.  Stir to combine and heat through.

Take the potatoes off the grill and let sit for a few minutes.  Open the foil carefully since steam will escape.  Cut the potato in half.

Fluff the potato then add some more Chef Shamy Garlic Butter.  Top with the beef and beans.  Sprinkle the BBQ baked potatoes with cheese and green onion.   Return to the grill for 2-4 minutes to melt the cheese.

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BBQ Baked Potatoes
Potatoes are even better when made on the grill! Loaded with a BBQ beef and beans and topped with cheese and green onions this potato makes a meal.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Rip off 6 large sheets of tin foil. Wash the potatoes then set them aside.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl melt the Chef Shamy Garlic butter. With a basting brush spread the butter on one side of each piece of tin foil. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Poke each potato with a fork to make holes for steam to escape as they cook. Put the baked potato right in the center of the tin foil then fold at the top then the sides.
  4. Crank the heat on the grill to medium heat sthen place these on the grill and cook low and slow for 45 minutes-1 hour.
  5. In the last 15 minutes of the potato cooking make the toppings. In a pan brown the beef, garlic and chopped onion until the meat is cooked all the way through. Drain off the extra fat from the pan.
  6. Add the chili beans, beef broth, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses, chili powder, and paprika. Stir to combine and heat through.
  7. Take the potoatoes off the grill and let set for a few minutes. Open the foil carefully since steam will escape. Cut the potato in half.
  8. Fluff the potato then add some more Chef Shamy Garlic Butter. Top with the beef and beans. Sprinkle cheese and green onion. Return to the grill for 2-4 minutes to melt the cheese. Enjoy!

Double Deluxe Tacos

Crispy and crunchy these double deluxe tacos have everything that a taco lover is looking for. Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday to enjoy these Double Deluxe Tacos.

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These tacos have double the taco goodness! A hard taco shell filled with spicy beef wrapped with a flour tortilla then spread with refried beans.  Finish it off by sprinkling with cheese and bake. Top with crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.

What beer pairs well with Double Deluxe Tacos?

The beer: Chicka Chicka Yeah from Odd Side Ales.

For the start of June, I’m living for these fruity, lemon, citrus and bright beers. Nothing heavy just delicious and makes me think of sitting on a beach, getting a tan then taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon.

Chicka Chicka Yeah is the perfect beer for just that.  Similar to my favorite beer, Dirty Blonde, but different enough to feel like it’s not a repeat.

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What TV show pairs well with tacos?

Then for this Mitten Movie Night, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back so we must binge!! Sadly this is the first half of the last season of this adorable show.  If your a fan of The Office, Parks & Recreation or 30 Rock I think you will love this show too.

How to make Double Deluxe Tacos:

Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger.  Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.  Drain the grease from the pan.

To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin, and chili powder.  Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8″x11″ pan the set up the assembly line.  With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells.  Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.  I found that 6 was the perfect amount for the beans and meat ratio.

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What should I do with those extra taco shells then?

I always like to have tortillas on hand since my 4 yr old loves cheesy roll-ups.  Just add cheese and some chili powder then microwave for 20 seconds and lunch is served.  With a side of fruit, it’s perfect for busy days.

Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like.  Open up some sour cream to top off these double deluxe tacos.

And here you are…..

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Double Deluxe Tacos
Double the taco goodness with these Double Deluxe Tacos! A hard shell filled with spicy beef is wrapped with a flour tortilla spread with refried beans.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger. Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.
  2. Then drain the grease from the pan. To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin and chili powder. Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8"x11" pan the set up the assembly line. With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells. Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.
  4. Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like. Open up some sour cream. Enjoy!

Beef Ragu

Slow cooking this Beef Ragu on low makes it so the beef falls apart at forks touch.  While it cooks a rich tomato gravy comes together so you have barely any work to do once it comes out of the oven.

Beef Ragu and tomato gravy over mashed potatoes with rolls on the side ready to eat.

Tonight is our local Christmas parade.  It’s the one thing that I refuse to miss so this Mitten Movie Night will be played out on the streets of our little town.

The holiday parade in our little town reminds me of every small town in almost every Christmas movie I’ve ever seen.  The town crier comes out to start and ends with the most authentic Santa and in between the floats filled with people you do business with or have grown up with pretty much your whole life.  It always makes me feel like I live in one of the most special places around.

So tonight we will fill out bellies up with this delicious dinner then head off to see over 100 floats–let’s just say it doesn’t go quickly.  Then once we get home it will be time for some Holiday ‘Cheer’.

What beer pairs well with a Christmas Parade?

The beer: Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery.

We picked up mini kegs of this Christmas Ale at Costco last week.  Perfect for sharing with guests who are visiting after the parade.

Beef Ragu and tomato gravy over mashed potatoes with rolls on the side ready to eat.

How to make Beef Ragu:

To start remove any extra fat on the eye of round roast.  When I first started making this I didn’t remove the fat and it would make the sauce very oily.  The roast still stays very tender.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your racks are placed so you can add the large pot or dutch oven since you will cook this all in one pot.

In a large pot or dutch oven heat 2 Tbs oil.  Salt and pepper each side then add to the pot.  Sear each side to trap in the juices for 2-3 minutes.

Remove the beef and put on a plate.

There will still be some oil in the pan to that add the onion and garlic.  Sautee for 2-3 minutes.  To the onions now add the wine, beef stock, and tomato paste.  Stir to combine all the liquids together and cook down the tomato sauce so there are no more clumps.  Add the beef back into the pan.  Finally, add the carrots.

Eye of round roast in a pot with carrots and a tomato gravy.

Place a top over the pot and into the oven this goes for 3 hours.  Check the roast at 2 to 2-1/2 hours to make sure that there is still liquid in the pot.

When this comes out of the oven you should have a sauce that while thick, it will still have a little ‘give’ to it.  Take the roast out of the sauce and shred or slice it as you like. Add the meat back into the sauce and combine.

This beef is very versatile so boil some noodles or whip up some mashed potatoes.  I made some yellow-skinned mashed potatoes because they are a major food group in my life.

Ladle the sauce and beef over the top.

Tips & Variations for Beef Ragu:

  • If you prefer to leave the fat on the roast, skim the sauce of fat once it is done the cooking.
  • Depending on the varying temperatures of oven you may have to add a little more beef stock so it does not dry out.  Try adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.

Bake up some fluffy rolls and here you are….

Beef Ragu and tomato gravy over mashed potatoes with rolls on the side ready to eat.

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Beef Ragu
Slow cooked in the oven for 3 hours leaves this Beef Ragu so tender it falls apart. Wine and tomato paste help make a rich sauce. A delicious and hearty Winter meal.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your racks are placed so you can add the large pot or dutch oven since you will cook this all in one pot.
  2. Remove any extra fat on the eye of round roast.
  3. In a large pot or dutch oven heat 2 Tbs oil. Salt and pepper each side then add to the pot. Sear each side to trap in the juices for 2-3 minutes. Remove the beef and put on a plate.
  4. In the same pot add the onion and garlic. Sautee for 2-3 minutes. To the onions now add the wine, beef stock and tomato paste. Stir to combine all the liquids together and cook down the tomato sauce so there are no more clumps.
  5. Add the beef back into the pan. Finally add the carrots.
  6. Place a top over the pot and into the oven this goes for 3 hours. Check the roast at 2 to 2-1/2 hours to make sure that there is still liquid in the pot. Adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.
  7. Take the roast out of the sauce and shred or slice it as you like. Add the meat back into the sauce and combine. Serve with noodles or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips & Variations for Beef Ragu:

  • If you prefer to leave the fat on the roast, skim the sauce of fat once it is done the cooking.
  • Depending on the varying temperatures of oven you may have to add a little more beef stock so it does not dry out.  Try adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.

Beef Tips and Gravy

We are getting ready to settle in for the long Winter.  That means it’s time for some classic comfort food, Beef Tips and Gravy.  Low and slow is the name of the game so these beef tips come out tender. The gravy doesn’t get too thick which is perfect to use to soak into the noodles and dip bread into it.

Beef Tips and Gravy in a bowl with bread off to the side ready to eat.

We had our first dusting of snow last night.  So for this Mitten Movie Night I am ready for the colder weather, snuggling up in front of the fireplace and a big blanket.

What movie pairs well with a hearty beef and noodle recipe and beer?

This is our first holiday in the new house.  While I’m excited to start decorating the new house, I am feeling almost a little ‘homesick’.  We lived in our old house for 15 years.  That’s 15 Thanksgivings, Christmases and New Years.  Two babies came home to have their first visits with Santa there.  So many wonderful memories but now it’s time to focus on the new memories here.

However, I can still stick with tradition and enjoy a few things that we do every year and one of them is watching Scrooged.  Hands down one of my favorite holiday movies.

What beer pairs well with Beef Tips and Gravy?

The beer: The Double Magician from Short’s Brewing.

The malty, caramel flavors in Red Ales pair well with the noodles and the savory beef gravy.

Beef Tips and Gravy in a bowl with bread and a craft beer off to the side ready to eat.

This recipe is one that I’ve been making since before Pinterest was invented.  I did find it online and then printed it out but I’ve been making it so long that I threw it out.  Luckily I think that I found it on Taste of Home and pretty sure this is it!

First off, know that this recipe is time intensive.  If your hanging out at home on a Sunday this is the perfect meal for you.  I have tried cutting down on the time this simmers and it never comes out nearly as good as when I let it go the whole 1-1/2 hours.  So be warned.

How to make Beef Tips and Gravy:

Start by browning the beef tips into a medium saucepan in some oil.  This is just to brown it no need to cook all the way through.

In a measuring cup put 1 cup water, soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce.  Stir it then add to the beef tips.  Turn the heat to low then cover.

Let cook for 1-1/2 hours making sure to check every 30 minutes.

Beef tips browning in a pan on the stove.

During the last 20 minutes in a separate pot cook the noodles according to package directions.

Cook for 12-14 minutes then empty into a strainer. Turn the low simmering beef tips up to high.

In a bowl add the other cup of water and the package of brown gravy.  Stir to combine and add to the beef tips.  Let cook and thicken up just a little while you do the next part.

In the pot that the noodles cooked add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it.

Then add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic and saute until the mushrooms are cooked down.  It should take about 8 minutes.

Finally to this pot add the beef tips and gravy then the noodles.

Stir everything to combine.

Tips for making Beef Tips and Gravy:

  • For the noodles: bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they don’t stick together. 
  • Make sure to check on the beef tips every 30 minutes as they cook.  If you have the heat too high it will cook off the liquid then you might burn your tips–oh no!

Add a side of bread and a vegetable and here you are….

Beef Tips and Gravy in a bowl and on a plate with bread and a craft beer off to the side ready to eat.

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

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Beef Tips and Gravy
These beef tips and gravy cook low and slow so they come out tender. Serve over noodles for a stick to the ribs dinner, perfect for the colder weather.
Beef Tips and Gravy | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Beef Tips and Gravy | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Brown the beef tips into a medium saucepan in some oil. This is just to brown it no need to cook all the way through.
  2. In a measuring cup put 1 cup water, soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir it then add to the beef tips.
  3. Turn the heat to low then cover. Let cook for 1-1/2 hours making sure to check every 30 minutes.
  4. During the last 20 minutes in a separate pot cook the noodles according to package directions. Bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they stick together. Cook for 12-14 minutes then empty into a strainer.
  5. Turn the low simmering beef tips up to high. In a bowl add the other cup of water and the package of brown gravy. Stir to combine and add to the beef tips. Let cook and thicken up while you do the next part.
  6. In the pot that the noodles cooked add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it. Then add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and sautee until the mushrooms are cooked down. It should take about 8 minutes.
  7. Finally to this pot add the beef tips and gravy then the noodles.
  8. Add a side of bread and a vegetable. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for making Beef Tips and Gravy:

  • For the noodles: bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they don't stick together. 
  • Make sure to check on the beef tips every 30 minutes as they cook.  If you have the heat too high it will cook off the liquid then you might burn your tips--oh no!

PB&J Burger

Are unique burger combinations your thing?  If so, this PB & J Burger is just what you’ve been looking for.  A toasted bun slathered with peanut butter, homemade bacon jam then a juicy burger with lots of cheese and jalapenos loaded on top.  The perfect boring burger escape.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Burger

What TV show pairs well with burgers and beer?

For this Mitten Movie Night we are watching Stranger Things.  In honor of it, I decided to go all out and try to make something special to coincide with a night of binge watching this awesome show.  If you follow my blog you know that I love recreating regional favorites.  Whether it’s Michigan or Memphis Hot Dogs or recreating a sandwich I had in Ohio, I’m in for taking a culinary trip with my taste buds.  So, why not make something from Indiana which is were the show takes place?  The Peanut Butter Burger.

Even though I live very close to Indiana I’ll be honest I’m not totally immersed in what foods are big there.  So off to the little ‘tell me what I don’t know’ box called the internet I went.  With some research I found 9 Strange Food Combinations Only People In Indiana Will Love from Only In Your State. Right at the Top #1-Peanut Butter and Hamburgers. Hmm…..this might just be interesting enough to try.  Never had it, but I’ll try it. The article said that it usually comes with jalapenos so of course this was going to be delicious with the sweet, salty and spicy flavors all working together.

What beer pairs well with Peanut Butter and Jelly Burgers?

The beer: I thought a Halloween themed beer would be good so Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale from New Belgium it is.

While a more locally sourced craft beer would probably have been better this beer was purchased in Mishawaka at Costco so close enough!  Now on to this peanut butter burger that really was a delicious surprise.

Peanut Butter Burger

For the burgers we’re keeping it simple so mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.  I always cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet with some oil.  After a recent episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives there was a restaurant that covered the burgers with a dish so they stayed moist.  I tried this trick and it worked great.

How to make PB&J Burgers:

Place burgers in skillet and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes.  Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.  Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot! 

Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes.

Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.

Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time.

Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.

Cap over cooking burgers in skillet

So the ‘PB’ is of course for peanut butter but the ‘J’ is for jam.  Bacon jam to be exact.  I thought this would be a good addition.

I recently had a burger on it at a local brewery and now I’m obsessed.  In an effort to keep some in my house at all times now I made some using this Easy Skillet Bacon Jam recipe.

Bacon Jam going on hamburger bun

Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger.  Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam.

Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish.

And here you are…..

Peanut Butter and Jelly Burger

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PB&J Burger
This is not the peanut butter and jelly you grew up with. It's not your average burger. PB & J=Peanut Butter and Bacon Jam make this burger an all-out hit!
PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.
  2. To use the bowl method: Place burgers in skillet with a small amount of oil and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes. Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot! Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes. Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time. Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.
  5. Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger. Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam. Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish. Enjoy!

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos #SundaySupper

Upgrade game day with these Walking Chili Cheese Tacos. Packaged chips make the perfect plate for chili, cheese, meat, and toppings. These walking tacos are a great idea for tailgates or parties.

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos on a board with toppings off to the side.

With football season we usually spend mornings at my son’s games then the afternoons back at home watching the big games.  Now I don’t watch but I do get my ‘Game On’ making food that I know my boys will love to snack on while they watch. They love the classics: burgers, wings and tacos.  This week I’m making walking chili cheese tacos.

The great thing about these walking chili cheese tacos is that you can hit the store and grab a variety of chips for the base.  While I went for the traditional nacho chip for most of them I did pick up few surprise bags special for my 11-year-old, spicy fries.

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos loaded with toppings ready to eat.

When we lived in town I knew he was getting older when a bunch of boys set off on their own to go to the convenience store up the road and pick out their own snack and pay with their own money.  Inevitably they would come back with one kind or another of these fries and with fingers as orange as the sun. Since moving to the new house he doesn’t get to walk to the store anymore so I figured I would pick them up and make his walking chili cheese tacos with them.

How to make Walking Chili Cheese Tacos:

Start with browning the beef.  To the meat add cumin, chili powder and garlic power.  Cook until completely browned then drain the excess fat from the pan.

Add to a bowl and then you are ready for the chili cheese sauce.  In a bowl add the one can of chili with beans and 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese. Place a paper towel or two over the top of the bowl then microwave for 3 minutes.  Stir to combine and that is it for the chili cheese.

Ingredients and steps to make Walking Chili Cheese Tacos.

For the bags, I cut a vertical slit down the middle then a slit horizontally to the top and bottom then opened it up.

Right on the top add the chili cheese then the meat.  Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, onions into small pieces.

Tips for serving Walking Chili Cheese Tacos:

  • Set out some sour cream or guacamole and some more cheese of course. 
  • Go ahead and set this up bar style so that everyone can make their own and add what they like. 

And here you are….

Walking Chili Cheese Tacos on a board with toppings off to the side.

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

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Walking Chili Cheese Tacos
Packaged chips make the perfect plate for chili, cheese, meat, and toppings. These walking chili cheese tacos are a great idea for tailgates or parties.
Walking Chili Cheese Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Fall Food, Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Fall Food, Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Walking Chili Cheese Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start with browning the beef. To the meat add cumin, chili powder and garlic power. Cook until completely browned then drain the excess fat from the pan. Add to a bowl for serving.
  2. In a bowl add the one can of chili with beans and 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese. Place a paper towel or two over the top of the bowl then microwave for 3 minutes. Stir to combine and that is it for the chili cheese.
  3. For the bags cut a vertical slit down the middle then a slit horizontally to the top and bottom then opened it up.
  4. Right on the top add the chili cheese then the meat.
  5. Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, onions into small pieces. Set out some sour cream or guacamole and some more cheese.
  6. Set this up bar style so that everyone can make their own and add what they like. Enjoy!

Slow Boat to China #SundaySupper

In my new take on a classic, I use quick cooking rice so there is nothing ‘slow’ about my Slow Boat to China recipe.  Easy comfort food that is perfect for busy nights.

Slow Boat to China on a plate with a bisuits and butter.

I call this a ‘retro’ recipe because I think anytime I bring it up-someone my age inevitably knows exactly what I’m talking about.  When I say, ‘the rice one with celery’ or any other version of that.  Both my grandmothers made it, then my mom and now me.

Doesn’t making food from your childhood bring back the best memories?  Sometimes I get the recipe directly from the source or like this one I had to wing it.  While it was a staple I had growing up it is one of those recipes that has possibly changed so much over the years that it probably isn’t the original at all.

Slow Boat to China on a plate with a bisuits and butter.

When I first wanted to make it I did some research and found that most of the recipes used the same basic ingredients-rice, beef, celery, cream of mushroom and soy sauce.   My first couple test runs were…bland.  And frankly, nothing like I ate as a child.  It was missing the ‘Stroganoff ‘ element that I remembered.  So that’s easy, add sour cream!  Now use quick cooking rice and I had myself a dinner that was quick and delicious.

How to make Slow Boat to China:

Start first by cooking the rice according to package directions.  Add 2 beef bouillon cubes to the rice and water so that while it cooks the cubes dissolve and the flavor gets throughout the rice.

In a skillet cook the ground beef until completely cooked all the way through.  Chop the onions and clean and chop the celery while it cooks.  Once the beef is cooked thoroughly remove from heat then drain the beef and set aside.

Take a paper towel and clean any grease out of the bottom of the pan so you can use it to cook the onions and celery.  Add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it.

Place the onions and celery in and start sautee and cook until tender, around 7 minutes.  I like to lave the celery just a little crunchy.

Return the drained beef to the pan.

A pan on the stove with ground beef, celeray and onions.

In a bowl combine the items for the sauce: cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, milk, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce.  Mix until well combined.

Pour over the beef mixture.  Once the rice is cooked add both cups to the pan with the beef and sauce mix.

Stir it all up then cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm everything through completely.

Serve Slow Boat to China with some warm buttered biscuits or croissants.

Tips for making Slow Boat to China:

  • Make sure to drain the beef once it has cooked so there isn’t too much grease in the final dish.
  • I’ve gotten some feedback that this recipe could be a little creamier, so I have updated to add another 1/2 cup of sour cream to the dish. 

And here you….

Slow Boat to China on a plate with a bisuits and butter. More Slow Boat to China in a pan off to the side.

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

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Slow Boat to China
Quick cooking rice updates this retro recipe for Slow Boat to China. This is a quick meal that is perfect for busy nights.
Slow Boat to China | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Comfort Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Comfort Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Slow Boat to China | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions. Add 2 beef bouillon cubes to the rice and water.
  2. In a skillet cook the ground beef until completely cooked all the way through. Once the beef is cooked thoroughly remove from heat then drain the beef and set aside.
  3. Chop the onions and clean and chop the celery.
  4. To the same pan add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it. Place the onions and celery in and start sautee and cook until tender, around 7 minutes.
  5. In a bowl combine the items for the sauce: cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, milk, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Mix until well combined. Pour over the beef mixture.
  6. Once the rice is cooked add both cups to the pan with the beef and sauce mix.
  7. Stir it all up then cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm everything through completely. Serve with some warm buttered biscuits or croissants. Enjoy!

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