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.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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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!

Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

This easy meatball recipe will surprise you with all of its flavor! A thick sauce is the star of these Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze.  Place them on top of creamy mashed potatoes and you are in comfort food nirvana.

Turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze on a pile of mashed potatoes and a cold beer off to the side ready to eat.

It’s the first Mitten Movie Night of 2017!  Woot, Woot.  How is yours going so far?  Tonight I’ve got a great meatball recipe for you to start the year off right.

What movie pairs well with turkey meatballs and beer?

The movie we’re watching is Bridget Jones’s Baby.  I love this series of movies and just recently re-watched the others because I knew this was coming.

What beer pairs well with Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze?

The beer: Melonfest Cantaloupe Wheat from Roak Brewing.

My husband picked this beer up and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure I would like it.  I love cantaloupe but wasn’t sure how it was going to work in a beer. I was pleasantly surprised!

Light and not overly fruity makes for a very drinkable beer that’s perfectly paired with the tang of the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce in the glaze on these meatballs.

Turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze on a pile of mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side ready to eat!

To say that I like meatballs is an understatement.  I LOVE them.  They are easy, very versatile and can come in many different combinations.  You can serve them on noodles, potatoes, as an appetizer.  In fact, one of the very first recipes I made for the blog was Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles, a recipe I’ve been making for a long time.  I even celebrated National Meatball Day last year!

How to make Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze:

First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg, and breadcrumbs to a bowl.  Mix all ingredients together and form into a ball.

Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat.

Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.

Onions and garlic in a skillet being cooked with balsamic vinegar glaze off to the side ready to cook.

While the meatballs are cooking chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.

To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic.  Let soften for 2-3 minutes.

Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute.  Return the meatballs back to the pan.

What do you serve with turkey meatballs?

    • Red-skinned mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and carrots for the side
  • Cheesy Cauliflower if you are looking for a lower carb side.
  • Serve these with noodles by doubling the sauce recipe so it can cover everything evenly. 

And here you are….

Turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze on a pile of mashed potatoes and a cold 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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Balsamic Vinegar Glaze adapted from Shugary Sweets

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Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
These Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze have a thick, sweet, and tangy balsamic vinegar sauce and are great served with mashed potatoes.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
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Instructions
Turkey Meatballs
  1. First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg and breadcrumbs to a bowl. Mix all ingredients together and form into ball.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat. Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  1. Chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.
  2. To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic. Let soften for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Return the meatballs back to the pan.
  4. Serve on top of mashed potatoes or noodles. Enjoy!

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

Tender turkey meatballs filled with rice then added on top of a bed of zucchini noodles. Serve with chunky vegetables, spaghetti sauce, and Parmesan. Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles is the perfect dinner for when you are craving a different kind of Italian dish.

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

You know….I love carbs.  I L-O-V-E them.  Bread! Pasta! YUM! But I honestly don’t love them as much as I love zucchini.  Oh, zucchini!  Such a diverse veggie whether I fry it, put it in some muffins or making zoodles like these there are so many ways to make it delicious.  How about adding one of my families favorites to it? Yes! So now we have a new recipe to add to our dinner routine, Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles.

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles | Bottom Left of the Mitten

It’s funny to think that this was one of the very first recipes that I put on my blog.  Looking back almost 8 months in I have realized how far I’ve come with my photos so I’m going through and giving them a fresher look.  And this one needed it….badly!  While the pictures were bad, I will give myself a little credit in the fact that I had basically 0.2% experience in photography.  So on to the recipe that got this all started only with better pictures.

How to make Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

First, let’s start off with the meatballs. You can use any beef flavor rice you like or even shake it up with different flavors but I always stick to the beef flavored as I find it gives the best taste.

Cook the rice according to package directions.

Once the rice has cooled add it to your turkey and egg.  Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto a greased baking sheet.

At this time preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Porcupine Meatball with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Prepare your ‘zoodles’ using a spiralizer.

Chop onions, garlic, green peppers.  Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil.

Put onto another baking sheet then put both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce.

Assemble this beautiful ‘pasta’ by taking all the vegetables and zoodles, top with meatballs then finally pour sauce over the top of your meatballs.

Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Tips for making Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

  • Let the rice completely cool before adding to the meatball mixture. Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs.

And here you are….

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles
Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles is a delicious dish when you are craving something other than pasta. Serve this dish for dinner tonight!
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Porcupine Meatballs
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Instructions
Porcupine Meatballs
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions then…...and this is *Important*…let it cool!
  2. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg. Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
Zoodles
  1. Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spirilizer. Chop onions, garlic, green peppers. Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil. Put onto another baking sheet.
  2. Both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.
  3. In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for making Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

  • Let the rice completely cool before adding to the meatball mixture. Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms #SnackWithSimply

Tonight for Mitten Movie Night we’re doing things a little different.  My husband is actually away at a conference for work so it’s just me & the boys.  We are hanging out in our PJ’s and baking up these sweet treats, Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms!

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Sweets are a must have in our house.  While I don’t consider myself a baker I do occasionally like to break out the cookie sheets and turn on the oven.  So when I received this jar of Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ to try  I wanted to see how it worked in my Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms.  I mean, doesn’t this look like a perfect combination?

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms

The boys and I watching Monsters vs. Aliens while dunking our cookies in some ice cold milk.  So gather your ingredients…..

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Add butter, egg, peanut butter and both sugars to a bowl and combine using an electric mixer.  Then baking soda, salt and then flour a 1/4 cup at a time. Once the cookie dough is all combined spoon the dough onto a greased pan.  This will make 24 cookies.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Put into a preheated 375 degree oven.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  While cookies are baking cut King Sized Hershey bar into 24 pieces.  Once cooked place cookies on a sheet of wax or parchment paper.  Place candy bar piece in center of cookie while still warm.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

These turned out great!  While I normally use creamy peanut butter for these cookies the Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ added a little ‘crunch’ to them that can’t be beat.  And here you are….

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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If your craving peanut butter & chocolate try these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms
Creamy & crunchy peanut butter meets with a Hershey bar in one perfect cookie combo.
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Add butter, egg, peanut butter and both sugars to a bowl and combine using an electric mixer. Then baking soda, salt then flour a 1/4 cup at a time.
  2. Spoon out cookies onto a greased pan. This will make 24 cookies.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. While cookies are baking cut King Sized Hershey bar into 24 pieces.
  5. Once cooked place cookies on a sheet of wax or parchment paper.
  6. Place candy bar piece in center of cookie while still warm.
  7. Let cool. Enjoy!

Corn Pudding #SundaySupper

Living in a rural Michigan you can’t drive very far without passing a corn field.  In the summer these fields produce sweet, amazing food.  In the fall the stalks make for a perfect corn maze that we chase our kids through while drinking apple cider.  Today for Sunday Supper I’m sharing my Corn Pudding.  Easy to make and the perfect compliment to your dinner plans any time of year.

Corn Pudding from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Just a few items and you are on your way to corn perfection.  So gather your ingredients….

Corn Pudding from Bottom Left of the Mitten

First, shuck your corn.  I have to admit that I am not sure what the ‘perfect’ way to do this since I almost always end up picking the silk out for way longer than I have to.  But I’m excited tonight at 7PM EST you can join us on Twitter for our #SundaySupper chat.  I have a feeling that some of the best cooks I know will spill their secrets on how they do it.  Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag to join in the fun.  Once your corn is naked, add some water to a large pot and boil for around 15 minutes.

Corn Pudding from Bottom Left of the Mitten

After your corn has cooked set aside to cool.  Trust me you do not want to handle hot corn!  Once it has cooled take a knife and remove the kernels from the ear.  The next part is so easy.  Add your dry ingredients to a bowl.  Add your wet ingredients, cheese and corn.  Mix.

Corn Pudding from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Transfer to a greased baking dish.  I use a nice small one with a lid to cover it if there’s leftovers.  Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes.  And here you are…..

Corn Pudding from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Dig into this delicious side dish perfect for a summer BBQ. Slightly sweet and bursting with corn straight from the stalk. Corn Pudding from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Corn Pudding #SundaySupper
Dig into this delicious Corn Pudding. A side dish perfect for a summer BBQ. Slightly sweet and bursting with corn straight from the stalk.
Corn Pudding from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kinda Veggie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Kinda Veggie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Corn Pudding from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. First, shuck your corn. Once your corn is naked, add some water to a large pot and boil for around 15 minutes.
  2. After your corn has cooked set aside to cool.
  3. Once it has cooled take a knife and remove the kernels from the ear.
  4. To a bowl add dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients, cheese and corn. Mix.
  5. Transfer to a greased baking dish.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes. Enjoy!

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