Ham and Potato Soup with Raspberry Pie Dippers

There is nothing like a comforting bowl of soup in the winter. It’s even better when it’s Ham and Potato Soup with Raspberry Pie Dippers. The ultimate savory and sweet combination.

Ham and potato soup in the background with a hand holding raspberry pie dippers.

The inspiration for the dippers came from a sandwich that I love, the Monte Cristo. A local restaurant here serves a ham and cheese sandwich fried with a side of raspberry jam. It’s fantastic!

Ham and Potato Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

So that got me thinking, what if I made my favorite ham and potato soup and incorporated a sweet side to go with it? Who knew this is what potato soup had been missing all along?

What TV show pairs well with a warm bowl of soup and craft beer?

My husband and I binged Russian Doll in just a few nights. If you are a fan of dark comedies then this show is for you.

What beer pairs well with Ham and Potato Soup with Raspberry Dippers?

The beer: Holy Moses Raspberry White Ale from Great Lakes Brewing.

I’m a fan of fruit beers and this one did a nice job of not being too sweet. Even though I already had raspberry in the pie dippers, I felt like more raspberry could not hurt. I was right.

How to make Ham and Potato Soup:

Peel, clean and chop the potatoes and carrots.

Chop the celery and onions. Mince the garlic.

In a large stockpot melt 1 Tbs butter. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and ham. Sautee 2-4 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and herbs. Simmer for 20 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking combine in a small dish 1/4 cup milk with 2 Tbs flour. Add to the pot. This will thicken up the soup.

Potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, garlic and ham chopped and sitting on a cutting board.

How to make Raspberry Pie Dippers:

Spread a prepared pie crust onto a floured surface.

Add spoonfuls of raspberry jam to the crust. Make sure to have spaces in between each one.

Whisk one egg then brush along the sections that do not have jam on them.

Pie crust with spoonfuls of raspberry jam sitting on it.

Add the other pie crust to the top of the raspberry jam. Press down between each ‘pocket’ to seal the edges.

Cut the pie dippers along the seams then add to a sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes.

Pie crust with filling in the center ready to be cut.

Pour the soup into a bowl. Serve with a cold beer and warm raspberry pie dippers.

Want more cold weather comfort food and beer pairings?

And here you are……

Ham and potato soup in a bowl with raspberry pie dippers and a craft beer off to the side.

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

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Ham and Potato Soup with Raspberry Pie Dippers
This Ham and Potato Soup is the perfect comfort food for the colder months. The Raspberry Pie Dippers takes this soup from ordinary to extraordinary.
Ham and Potato Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Ham and Potato Soup
Raspberry Pie Dippers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Ham and Potato Soup
Raspberry Pie Dippers
Ham and Potato Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Ham and Potato Soup
  1. Peel, clean and chop the potatoes and carrots.
  2. Chop the celery and onions. Mince the garlic.
  3. In a large stockpot melt 1 Tbs butter. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and ham. Sautee 2-4 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper, and herbs. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. In the last 5 minutes of cooking combine in a small dish 1/4 cup milk with 2 Tbs flour. Add to the pot. This will thicken up the soup.
Raspberry Pie Dippers
  1. Spread a prepared pie crust onto a floured surface.
  2. Add spoonfuls of raspberry jam to the crust. Make sure to have spaces in between each one.
  3. Whisk one egg then brush along the sections that do not have jam on them.
  4. Add the other pie crust to the top of the raspberry jam. Press down between each 'pocket' to seal the edges.
  5. Cut the pie dippers along the seams then add to a sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes.
  6. Pour the soup into a bowl. Serve with a cold beer and warm raspberry pie dippers. Enjoy!

Chicken a la King

Comfort food! Comfort food! Do you love comfort food?  If you do I’ve got a dish for you.  Creamy chicken, crunchy vegetables then ladled on top of cheesy potatoes (or noodles if you like) make for the ultimate comfort food. Make Chicken a la King for your family tonight.

Chicken a la King

What is best about Chicken a la King is that it doesn’t take too long.  Here’s a tip:  When I make any type of soup with chicken I usually take a whole large pack of chicken and cook it in a crock pot then freeze the leftovers for when I make recipes like this.  Cooking it in the crock pot not only saves time it makes it tender and tasty.  Now on to the recipe.

Chicken a la King

To start chop up the onions, carrots and celery.  In a pan heat 2 Tbs butter then add the vegetables and start to sautee.  Cook them stirring occasionally until softened, around 6 minutes.  To the vegetables add the Tbs of flour then stir until the flour is all combined with the vegetables.  This will make a roux to thicken everything up, but here’s the kicker, not too thick.  When this goes over the potatoes or noddles you want it to be smooth not clumpy.

Time to add the chicken stock.  Again stir everything together and let simmer for around 3 minutes.  Now add the shredded chicken.

How to cook Chicken a la King

The last ingredient that makes this so creamy is Cream of Chicken.  Add the can to the chicken mixture and heat through or 5 minutes.  For this I made some cheesy mashed potatoes.  Feel free to put this on top of regular potatoes or noodles.  And here you are….

Chicken a la King

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Chicken a la King

Creamy chicken, crunchy vegetables then ladled on top of cheesy potatoes make for the ultimate comfort food. Make it for your family tonight.

Chicken a la King | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Chicken a la King | Bottom Left of the Mitten


Instructions
  1. To start chop up the onions, carrots and celery. In a pan heat 2 Tbs butter then add the vegetables and start to sautee. Cook them stirring occasionally until softened, around 6 minutes.

  2. To the vegetables add a Tbs of flour then stir until the flour is all combined with the vegetables.

  3. Add chicken stock. Stir everything together and let simmer for around 3 minutes.

  4. Add the shredded chicken.

  5. Finally add the Cream of Chicken and heat through or 5 minutes.

  6. Ladle over potatoes or noodles. Enjoy!

Under the Troll Bridge Pasties

This Michigan favorite, the pastie, has a flaky homemade crust stuffed with a simple filling of beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, and turnips. Serve these Under the Troll Bridge Pasties with brown gravy. The perfect handheld meal!

Under the Troll Bridge Pasties with brown gravy drizzled over them and cut open.

In an effort to include a little more Michigan into the blog, I decided to search out some authentic ‘Michigan’ loved food.  I came across a great article from Only In Your State called 10 Iconic Foods Made in Michigan and #3 on this list was the pastie.  So like when I wanted to make the Michigan Hot Dog (which isn’t even from Michigan!) I put in the work and set off to find out how to make one.

When looking around to get a basic idea of how to make these I found the blog Foodie with Family and her recipe for Yooper Pasties.  In the post, she defined residents of the Lower Peninsula as ‘Trolls’.  I also found out that while the pastie is generally served plain or with ketchup ‘Trolls’ usually prefer them with gravy.  So what better name to call these than ‘Under the Troll Bridge Pasties’.

What beer pairs well with pasties with brown gravy?

The beer: Arcadia Ale’s Hopmouth.

For tonight’s Mitten Movie Night we are drinking this delicious double IPA.  Arcadia is one of the first breweries we visited-seems like a long time ago but really less than 5 years ago.  Since then so many great breweries, delicious meals and of course awesome beer.

Are Double IPA’s hard to pair with food?

Many say that it’s nearly impossible to pair a Double IPA with any recipe because they are heavier and full-bodied and are hard to balance with the flavors in a lot of dishes.  While these pasties aren’t bland, they do have a mild flavor so it can’t easily overpower the notes in the beer.  The flaky, buttery crust also goes well with the caramel flavors in this beer.

If you love Double IPA’s check out my pairing with Hawaiian Pizza.

What show pairs well with Under the Troll Bridge pasties and craft beer?

I really don’t have anything on deck to watch since we are in the middle of about 3 series: Sneaky Pete (Giovanni Ribisi is awesome in this), Santa Clarita Diet (who doesn’t love Drew Barrymore?) and Bates Motel (c-r-e-e-p-y) so we might just binge watch one of those to finish up the seasons we’re in the middle of.

Under the Troll Bridge Pasties with brown gravy off to the side.

For this, I used the same pastry dough that I made my Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies with but doubled the recipe and substituted garlic powder for the sugar.  It ended up being so flaky and buttery I almost had to pat myself on the back for this creation.

How to make Under the Troll Bridge Pasties with brown gravy:

Add all the ingredients into a mixer and let it come together in a ball.  Place the ball onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured and put into the refrigerate for 1 hour.

What else can you stuff savory pastry dough with?

  • Pizza pockets: salami, pepperoni, cheese, and marinara sauce.
  • Ham and cheese hand pies: Black forest ham and cheddar cheese.
  • Mashed potatoes and chives: Use leftover mashed potatoes, triple cheddar cheese, and chives.
  • Grilled cheese: Just add cheese and bake. Perfect for kids!

Ingredients and directions for making Under the Troll Bridhe Pasties with brown gravy.

There was not a one rutabaga to be found at my local grocery store so I substituted a turnip. Felt I was okay since the recipes that I looked at had meat, potatoes, and root vegetables. Forgive me if I am playing fast and loose with the rule of the pastie, please know I had good intentions.

While the dough is chilling clean, peel and chops all your veggies.  Sautee them in 1 Tbs butter to soften them then put them into a bowl.

Cook and drain the beef then add it to the vegetables.

Add salt and pepper to taste then let the vegetables and beef cool.

Ingredients and directions for making Under the Troll Bridhe Pasties with brown gravy.

A serious shout out to Checkered Chef for the awesome stainless steel rolling pin, I love it!

Roll and cut the dough out into large circles.

Add filling to one side then sprinkle with shredded cheese.  After stuffing these full pinch the dough to crimp the edges so the filling doesn’t fall out.

Beat an egg and brush over the top of pasty.

Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 25 minutes.

Prepare the gravy according to the package directions if you’re a troll like me.

Tips for Under the Troll Bridge Pasties:

  • For cutting the circles, I used a cereal bowl and it worked out great to make 6 pasties. 
  • Make sure as noted above, let the vegetables and beef cool before stuffing the pasties. As I found out the hard way, if it’s too hot it will make the dough too sticky to work with once you start assembling the pasties.

And here you are…..

Under the Troll Bridge Pasties with brown gravy drizzled over them.

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

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Under the Troll Bridge Pasties
Flaky crust filled with beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, and turnips. Serve these Under the Troll Bridge Pasties with brown gravy.
Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
pasties
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Dough
  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixer and let it come together in a ball. Place the ball then onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured and put into the refrigerate for 1 hour.
Filling
  1. While the dough is chilling clean, peel and chop all your veggies.
  2. Sautee them in 1 Tbs butter to soften them then put them into a bowl.
  3. Cook and drain the beef then add it to the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste then let the vegetables and beef cool.
  4. Roll and cut the dough out into large circles.
  5. Add filling to one side then sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  6. After stuffing these full pinch the dough to crimp the edges.
  7. Beat an egg and brush over the top of pasty. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.
  8. Prepare gravy mix to package directions. Serve on the side. Enjoy!

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup

Bean soup is filling, easy to make and economical.  This recipe for Thirteen Bean and Bacon Soup is full of vegetables, beans, and bacon. Top with green onions and you’ve got a great meal to get you through the colder weather.

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup in a bowl ready to eat!

Well, we missed the snow!  Last Saturday we hightailed it out of here when it just started sleeting and missed the light dusting that came soon after.  Where did we head to you might ask?  Oh, a little place called ‘Disney’!  While Michigan had it’s first cold spell we were basking in the sun, swimming & riding roller coasters.

It was a great trip but now it’s time to settle into the reality that Winter is coming.  I’m okay with that–because I get to celebrate Mitten Movie Night snuggled up while the wind howls drinking some craft beer and enjoying a warm bowl of soup.

What movie pairs well with bean and bacon soup and beer?

For the movie, we’re watching Elf.  Will Ferrell is my favorite actor.  As I mentioned before I really think he’s one of Hollywood’s hottest.  I also need to watch a holiday movie because after spending Thanksgiving week in Florida I’ll be honest, I kind of forgot that it even IS the holidays.  When we got to the hotel in Disney they were playing Christmas songs and it was decorated but something just felt ‘off’ about it.

Don’t get me wrong, Disney World does a fantastic job, but they do not have the two things that make the season for a Michigander and that’s bone-chilling cold and the possibility of a White Christmas.  It may seem like I’m a State snob but I’m not Michigan has ‘Winter Wonderland’ in spades and we do it better than most.  Time to reset my mind now that we’re home.

What beer pairs well with Thirteen Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup?

The beer: Accumulation from New Belgium.

A White IPA perfectly pairs with the beefy bacon and tang of the tomato base in this bean and bacon soup.

The tomato comes from a favorite of mine, condensed soup.  This time of year I can get such a great deal on them so I stock up.  Adding it to recipes like my Cream of Chicken Bake or just for heating up to dip grilled cheese in.

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup in a bowl ready to eat!

This Thirteen Bean mix came from Fresh Thyme Market in Mishawaka, IN.  We’ve been to this store a few times but just decided to peruse the loose bins section.  The convenience of filling the bags with just the amount I needed and the ‘required’ gummy worms that Little A was unable to leave the store without was great.

How to make Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup:

Starting off soak your beans for 6-8 hours in cold water.

Drain the water and rinse them when it’s time to cook the soup.

Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a large stockpot with the beans then set to medium heat.

Now dice the bacon and cook to the preferred doneness.

Ingredients and direction for how to make Thirteen Bean & Bacon soup.

While the bacon is cooking chop the onions, garlic, and carrots.

When bacon has cooked remove and put on a plate with a paper towel. Reserve 1 Tbs of the bacon grease.

Add onions, garlic, and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and saute for 5 minutes. Let the veggies slightly softened.  To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.

Into the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.  Set to low/medium heat then cover and let it do its thing for around 1-1/2 hours.

Chop up some green onion for the top.

Tips & Variations for Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup:

  • If you can’t find a bean combination great northern bean would work as well.
  • For an even fuller meal, add some cooked ground beef.

And here you are…….

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup in a bowl ready to eat!

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

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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup
Who knew that making a delicious soup could be so simple and taste as good as the canned original? Thirteen Bean and Bacon Soup makes a cozy winter meal.
Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
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servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Soak beans for 6-8 hours in cold water. Drain the water and rinse them.
  2. Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a covered pot with the beans then set to medium heat.
  3. Dice and cook bacon to desired doneness.
  4. Chop the onions, garlic, and carrots. When bacon has cooked remove the bacon and put on a plate with a paper towel reserving 1 Tbs of the bacon grease. Add onions, garlic, and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and saute for 5 minutes until the veggies have slightly softened. To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.
  5. To the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.
  6. Set to low/medium heat and let it do its thing for around 1-1/2 hours.
  7. Place in a serving bowl and add chopped green onions if desired. Enjoy!

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