Pesto Fries

Want an out of this world french fry recipe for when you’re craving something salty and crunchy?  Pesto Fries are drizzled with a buttery pesto sauce then sprinkled with cheese.  The perfect snack or side to any main dish.

Pesto Fries on a plate ready to eat!

Who doesn’t love a big pile of hot, crispy french fries?  They are like a really great little black dress, they go with everything and can be dressed up with a few accessories.  The ‘accessories’ for these fries happen to be a delicious pesto sauce that is drizzled on then baked in.  Sprinkle with some cheese and you’ve got a great dish for this Mitten Movie Night.

This recipe is inspired by a hot dog food truck that we had dinner from at our local energy cooperative customer appreciation day.  I was sad that I didn’t get the name of it because if I had, I probably would be following it like a Grateful Dead groupie.

While waiting in line to order the smell coming out of the food truck was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Once I was up to the window I ordered a bacon-wrapped hot dog and for the side, pesto fries.  They came out piping hot and loaded with pesto, cheese and tasted even better than I expected.

I locked the flavors away in my mind and knew that like most wonderful things I eat, I had to come home and recreate this Pesto Fries recipe and pair it with some great craft beer.

What movie or TV show pairs well with fries and beer?

I’m sure you have probably heard of a little show that is sweeping the horror scene called, The Haunting of Hill House.  While Halloween is over this show will keep you in the creeps for a long time.  My recommendation when you start watching is to plan for a binge session because you will NOT be able to turn away.

What beer pairs well with Pesto Fries?

The beer: Sunspot Hefeweizen Ale from Greenbush Brewing Company. 

This beer was in a mixed 6 pack of Michigan beers that my husband picked up at one of his favorite beer store in Southwest Michigan.

Pesto Fries on a pan ready to eat!

What makes a Hefeweizen a great beer to pair food with?

This German beer is a drinkable beer that pairs well with nearly everything.  It’s light and drinkable and you can enjoy it while you fill up on delicious food, not the beer.

Better yet, Hefeweizen has a fruity, lemony appeal so it may lend as a little breath refresher for all the garlic on these Pesto Fries.

How to make Pesto Fries:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees or to the temperature that is on the package of fries.

On a sheet place parchment paper.  Spread the whole bag of frozen french fries to the pan in a single layer.

Cook according to package directions, mine took about 30 minutes flipping halfway through.

Frozen fries ready to cook.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking, make the pesto sauce to go on top.

In a heatproof cup or glass measuring cup melt the butter.

To the melted butter add the minced garlic.

Ingredients and steps to make pesto sauce for pesto fries.

Add the prepared pesto sauce.

Finally, pour in the olive oil.  Stir to combine completely.

Take the french fries out the of the oven and pour the pesto sauce over the fries.  Put back into the oven for 5 minutes.

Take out and serve individually with parmesan-romano cheese sprinkled on it.

Looking for a dish to serve with Pesto Fries?

And here you are……

Pesto Fries on a plate ready to eat!

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

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Pesto Fries
Crispy fries smothered in a buttery pesto sauce, sprinkled with parmesan-romano cheese. Pesto Fries make a great snack or side for burgers and sandwiches.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
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Pesto Fries | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees or to the temperature that is on the package of fries.
  2. On a sheet place parchment paper. Spread the whole bag of frozen french fries to the pan in a single layer.
  3. Cook according to package directions, mine took about 30 minutes flipping halfway through.
  4. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, make the pesto sauce to go on top.
  5. In a heatproof cup or glass measuring cup melt the butter.
  6. To the melted butter add the minced garlic.
  7. Add the prepared pesto sauce.
  8. Finally, pour in the olive oil. Stir to combine completely.
  9. Take the french fries out the of the oven and pour the pesto sauce over the fries. Put back into the oven for 5 minutes.
  10. Take out and serve individually with parmesan-romano cheese sprinkled on it. Enjoy!

BBQ Baked Potatoes #CookoutWeek

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. Here we are though heading straight into summer and that means grilling out! Give these BBQ baked potatoes a try. Loaded with a beef and beans then topped with cheese and green onions this potato makes a wonderful summer meal.

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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! I’m sure they feel the same when they go back to school close to the beginning of August and we’re still chilling through Labor Day though.

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.’ He is my best go to for honesty on recipes and he loved these BBQ baked potatoes.  So let’s get to the recipe!

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.  So 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 beef broth,  ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses, chili powder and paprika.  Stir to combine and heat through.

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.  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.  And here you are….

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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.
BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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 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!

Salsa Bread

Need a break from ordinary bread? Don’t have all day to spend making a loaf of bread from scratch? Enter Salsa Bread.  A quick bread recipe full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches or even as a side to spice up taco night.

This quick recipe for Salsa Bread is full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches! | Bottom Left of the Mitten

As I’ve stated many times before I really haven’t had the easiest time learning how to bake. I like to stick to hearty meals that can be paired with beer. The closest I get is jazzing up boxed cake mix for sweet or pizza crust for savory.  However I was willing to give baking a try so I could make this bread for a specific sandwich I am trying to recreate.

After a little searching I found and baked this recipe for Dill Pickle Bread from Delish. It turned out fabulous and the recipe was so simple that I figured it was a perfect one to adapt for this.  Guess what?  It turned out exactly how I wanted.  Yeah! So now on to the recipe for this spicy Salsa Bread.

This quick recipe for Salsa Bread is full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches! | Bottom Left of the Mitten

First let’s start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and make the salsa.  In a food processor combine the drained tomato with green chilies, jalapenos, garlic cloves, cumin and red onion.  Pulse until there are no longer chunks and it has a slightly soupy consistency.

In another bowl or mixer start to make the bread base.  Add sour cream, vegetable oil, egg and salsa mixture.  Stir to mix all the wet ingredients together.  Now start adding dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

This quick recipe for Salsa Bread is full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches! | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Prepare a bread loaf pan with spray or oil then add dough to the pan.  Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then slice and eat.  And here you are…..

This quick recipe for Salsa Bread is full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches! | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Salsa Bread
This quick recipe for Salsa Bread is full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches or even as a side to spice up taco night.
Salsa Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Salsa Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a food processor combine the drained tomato with green chilies, jalapenos, garlic cloves, cumin and red onion. Pulse until there are no longer chunks and it has a slightly soupy consistency.
  3. In another bowl or mixer start to make the bread base. Add sour cream, vegetable oil, egg and salsa mixture. Stir to mix all the wet ingredients together. Now start adding dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  4. Prepare a bread loaf pan with spray or oil then add dough to the pan. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle.
  5. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then slice and eat. Enjoy!

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Welcome to the first Mitten Movie Night of Spring! We are ready to settle in and start enjoying the warmer weather.  Today I am sharing a recipe that is inspired by a wonderful meal that we had while on our Spring Break trip to Florida, pulled pork mac and cheese.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

A little more on the backstory of where this recipe originated from.  This year was the first year that we actually ventured out of Michigan for Spring Break. The Winter has been long and we were all in need of some serious Sunshine.  So we headed down to a place that I grew up going to as a kid – Venice, Florida. Right on the Gulf of Mexico we couldn’t have asked for a better place to get away from it all….well expect for the traffic with everyone else having the same idea…but I digress and do not want to complain because this was easily one of my favorite vacations we’ve ever had.  I mean look at this picture of the boys heading down to the beach.  A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

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While we were in Florida we visited my friend and her family who hosted us for Easter.  Visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter & Hope.  Then enjoyed lots of time at the pool, the beach and eating really good food.  On the suggestion of one of the residents at the condo we headed over to Darrell’s BBQ. It was a treat because anyone with kids and driving 24 hours to get to a location knows it means lots of fast food and we were ready for a sit down meal.  The husband had the pulled pork platter, Big A had a burger and Little A and I shared a big bowl of pulled pork mac and cheese with piles of pork and sweet BBQ sauce.  It was so good and one that I kept note of so I could make it as soon as we got home.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Let’s start with the pulled pork.  For this pulled pork mac and cheese recipe, I made the pork in the slow cooker.  You can easily smoke the meat if you like but I ran short on time and really didn’t feel like pulling out the smoker so the slow cooker worked just as good.  Mix the beef broth and seasonings in the bottom of the crock pot and add the pork. Set for 6-8 hours on low and the pork is ready to be taken out and pulled.

About 20 minutes before the pork is ready to come out start the macaroni and cheese. Boil the pasta according to package directions.  Once it is done remove from the pan, drain and set aside in another bowl.  To the pot you cooked the pasta add the butter and over medium heat melt the butter.  Once it has melted stir the flour into the butter until it is slightly smooth (you may see some lumps) then add the milk.  Stir until combines and you have a nice sauce appearance.  Now add the nutmeg, pepper, garlic powder then finally add the 3 different cheeses.  Make sure you stir the whole time.  See how awesome this sauce comes out. The ‘pull’ of the cheese.  Thick enough to coat all the noodles.  Another word for it is ‘cheesetastic’.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now add the noodles to the pot and stir to get all the sauce all over the noodles.  Now set out a plate and add the mac and cheese.  Heap some pulled pork on there.  Drizzle with BBQ sauce (I recommend my Best BBQ Sauce).  Finish off this pulled pork mac and cheese with pickled red onions and jalapenos.

Even though most of this post talks about Florida I am a Michigan girl and happy to be home because we do have some of the best craft beer in the country.  Wouldn’t you know we came back just in time for the release of Hopsoulution Double IPA from Bell’s.  And here you are….

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has creamy homemade sauce and is topped with tender pulled pork and sweet BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when you're looking for cheesy decadence.
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pulled Pork
Mac and Cheese
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pulled Pork
Mac and Cheese
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Instructions
Pulled Pork
  1. To a slow cooker add beef broth, onion powder, minced garlic and seasonings then set for 6-8 hours on low and the pork is ready to be taken out and pulled.
Mac and Cheese
  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Once it is done remove from the pan, drain and set aside in another bowl.
  2. To the pot you cooked the pasta add the butter and over medium heat melt the butter. Once it has melted stir the flour into the butter until it is slightly smooth (you may see some lumps) then add the milk. Stir until combines and you have a nice sauce appearance.
  3. Add the nutmeg, pepper, garlic powder then finally add the 3 different cheese. Make sure you stir the whole time.
  4. Add the noodles to the pot and stir to get all the sauce all over the noodles.
  5. To plate: Add the mac and cheese. Heap some pulled pork on there. Drizzle with BBQ sauce. Finish off with pickled red onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!

Shrimp Cannelloni #SundaySupper

February is here and love is in the air.  Looking for a romantic meals for two that won’t take you all day to make?  Try my Shrimp Cannelloni that has a short cut so you can spend more time with your love and not in the kitchen.

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The inspiration for these came after watching one of my favorite shows Diner, Drive-In’s & Dives.  They were at a restaurant where they made cannelloni and instead of spending all the time stuffing the tubes they used egg roll wrappers instead.  Genius!  Right up there with the making ravioli using ice cube trays that I want to try soon.  For the filling they used a food processor to make the filling.  Also genius!  So let’s get to it.

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Start by thawing out the shrimp.  I used cocktail already cooked shrimp to make quick work of this and then I have shrimp leftover for tacos and salads.  In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley.  Process until all the has been combined.  Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese.  Mix all together.  The mixture should be well combined to make it easy to spread onto the egg roll wrappers.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Now start the Alfredo sauce.  Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux.  Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese.  Stir to completely combine and it thickens up.  In a 8×8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.

Now time to wrap the ‘Cannelloni’.  Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings.  Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle.  Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up.  Place into the dish seam side down.  Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.  Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.  And here you are…..

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Shrimp Cannelloni
Creamy Alfredo covers a rolls filled with savory shrimp stuffing then baked. The perfect romantic meal for two for Valentine's or any date night.
Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by thawing out the shrimp.
  2. In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley. Process until all the has been combined.
  3. Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese. Mix all together.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Now start the Alfredo sauce. Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux. Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese. Stir to completely combine and it thickens up. In a 8x8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.
  6. Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings. Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle. Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up. Place into the dish seam side down.
  7. Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.
  8. Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. 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.

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

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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.
Beef Ragu | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Beef Ragu | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
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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!

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.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
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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!

Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch

Can you believe we are heading into the end of August already?  By now I am ready for it.  Not only are the kids heading back to school but it also is the beginning of Fall which is hands down my favorite time of year.  And what better way to kick it off?  By celebrating my birthday!  So this Mitten Movie Night I am kicking off my birthday weekend (yes I said weekend!) with a burger that I came up with over the Summer, a cheesy turkey burger smothered in ranch.

Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten

With the burgers we are drinking some Beach Cruiser from Latitude 42.  This week we are actually planning on taking our projector outside by the pool and watch a movie.   We’ve been wanting to do it but have had to wait for it to get darker earlier.  Finally I think we’re good to go out around 9pm but the weather has been cooler here so we will see how long it lasts.

Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.  I love to cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet but a regular skillet will work just as well.  Add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together.  Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.  Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes.  Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.

Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Recently I made these Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwiches from Yellow Bliss Road.  The dressing was so good!  The secret ingredient I think was dill pickle juice in it.  So that is what I did here.  Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch and pickle juice.

Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Since the burgers are so crispy I did not toast the buns like I normally love to do.  Slice up some lettuce and tomato then add pickles.  Slather on the ranch.  And here you are….

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Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch
Ground turkey and cheese combine to make the most flavorful burger ever. Cook until extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Top with homemade ranch sauce for the perfect final touch.
Instructions
  1. For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.
  2. In a cast iron or regular skillet add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together. Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.
  3. Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes. Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.
  4. for the homemade ranch combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch powder and pickle juice.
  5. Add burger to a bun. Slice up some lettuce and tomato. Slather on the ranch. Enjoy!

Smoked Sausage Sandwich

This week officially marked two months in our new home!  So we are celebrating this Mitten Movie Night feeling like we are finally settled in.  I made one of my favorite categories of food: the ‘sandwich‘.  Topped with saucy goodness and peppers this Smoked Sausage Sandwich is a well deserved reward for a job well done.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Tonight we are drinking 400 Divine Rabbits from a local favorite Greenbush Brewing Co.  A great stop if you hit the beach or the casino in New Buffalo.  Then finishing up Orange Is The New Black.  I have spent many nights since last Friday binge watching it. What shows are your favorites?  I will need a new one once this is over.

I would love to take the opportunity to give a little shout out of people that helped us along the way.  Since my blog is called ‘Bottom Left of the Mitten’ I thought it was a good platform to showcase who made buying a home in this area such a treat.

Realtor:  ‘Power of 2’ Team from Cressy & Everett in Dowagiac.  We actually looked at homes a few years ago and she walked us through any and every one we wanted to look at.  We just didn’t find ‘the one’ at the time.  Called her up when we found this house to show it to us.  Three weeks and one day later not only did we have this house but we also sold ours and 4 acres of land.

Inspector:  Gary from Lake Michigan Inspections. I cannot recommend this gentleman and his father enough.  They walked us through everything, I mean everything, for our new house.  Living in town we were new to sewer and well. Same for a gas fireplace and even fixed a cap on the wood burning fireplace.

New Air Conditioner: Rohdy’s—Awesome job!  Right before our recent heatwave they worked us in for a quote and then installed the unit.  Thanks to them we have stayed comfortable and cool.

Thank you again to everyone! Now on to the food.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Chop up the peppers, onions and mince the garlic.  To a bowl add the balsamic vinegar, sugar and olive oil then mix to combine.  Sautee over medium/high heat for 7-10 minutes. I love when the peppers are ‘burnt’ a little so I go a little closer to the 10 minute mark.

 

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Our new appliances were purchased in the recent store closing for HH Gregg.  This Frigidaire stove has a center griddle that I’ve been using non-stop.  No worries if you don’t have a griddle you can use a regular frying pan.  Butter buns and place them split side down.  Cut the sausage in 4 parts then split down the middle placing that split side down as well.  Heat the sausage through for around 3 minutes.  Flip both the bun and the sausage then cook around 3 minutes again.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Heating up the spaghetti sauce and assembling the sandwich is all that’s left to do.  I heated it up in the microwave for 1 minute.  Place bun on plate, add split smoked sausage, layer on the veggies then top with sauce.  And here you are…..

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Smoked Sausage Sandwich
Smoky sausage makes a great base for crisp peppers bathed in sweet balsamic. Finish off with a thick layer of spaghetti sauce. Perfecto!
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Chop up the peppers, onions and mince the garlic.
  2. To a bowl add the balsamic vinegar, sugar and olive oil then mix to combine.
  3. Sautee over medium/high heat for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Butter buns and place them split side down on a heated griddle or frying pan.
  5. Cut the sausage in 4 parts then split down the middle placing that split side down as well.
  6. Heat the sausage through for around 3 minutes. Flip both the bun and the sausage then cook around 3 minutes again.
  7. Heat up spaghetti sauce in a microwave for 1 minute.
  8. Place bun on plate, add split smoked sausage, layer on the veggies then top with sauce. Enjoy!

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