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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Thank you to this weeks Sunday Supper host.  Check out all of the other recipes to make any night of the week.

Simple Rice Recipes for Dinner #SundaySupper

What’s for dinner?

Rice is for dinner!

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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!

Out of a Can Chili #SundaySupper

This quick chili recipe comes together in a flash! Out of a Can Chili goes from stove to table in 15 minutes so it’s perfect for busy nights.

Out of a Can Chili in a bowl with cheese to the side ready to eat!

Happy Father’s Day! When I asked my husband what he would like me to make him he said I like nachos, maybe something on the smoker or chili.  No matter what time of year chili is always a hit at our house so chili won out, even on Father’s Day.  My Out of a Can Chili is so easy if you couldn’t already tell that, the name gives it all away.

I have tried dozens of chili recipes over the years.  Even one with pumpkin that did not go over well at all with my 10 year old.  Some were great but my boys love this original recipe that I’ve made forever.  Like my My Dad’s Chicken and Rice recipe, this one I learned from a parent, my mom.

Out of a Can Chili in a bowl with cheese to the side ready to eat!

The base of my chili always stayed the same and has been forever.  It’s the recipe my mom showed me and I haven’t veered from it.  One can chili with beans, one can chili without beans and finally one can of chili beans.

Ingredients and directions for how to make Out of a Can Chili.

For the rest of the chili I have perfected it over the years and added one can tomato soup, one can diced tomatoes and one can drained northern beans.  Do you see now why this is called ‘Out of a Can Chili’?

How to make Out of a Can Chili:

Start by cooking the hamburger and onion.  Cook in a large pot on medium/high heat for around 5 minutes.  Drain if you use the higher fat beef.  I like to use 80/20 or even ground turkey.

Return the meat to the same pot.  No need to dirty another one!

Ground beef and onions in a pot being cooked down to make Out of a Can Chili.

Open all the cans to the pot then add them to the pot.  Make sure to drain and wash the northern beans then add those.

Put a lid on on the pot and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve with sharp cheddar cheese and crackers.

Variations for Out of a Can Chili:

  • Not a beef eater?  Swap out the beef for ground turkey or chicken.
  • Need chili for a crowd?  This is a great dish that can be doubled or tripled and kept warm in a slow cooker.

And here you are…..

Out of a Can Chili in a bowl with cheese to the side ready to eat!

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

As always thank you to our Sunday Supper host! Check out these other recipes the Father in your life will be sure to love.

Sunday Supper Father’s Day Menu Ideas

Sides Dad Will Love

Mains for the Main Man

Dad’s Favorite Desserts

The Best Recipes You Need Now for Father’s Day by Sunday Supper Movement

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Out of a Can Chili
Less than 15 minutes will have your family enjoying this hearty chili. Top off with cheese and crackers for the perfect comfort food any time of year.
Out of a Can Chili | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chili, Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chili, Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Out of a Can Chili | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the hamburger and onion. Cook in a large pot on medium/high heat for around 5 minutes. Drain if you use the higher fat beef.
  2. One can chili with beans, one can chili without beans and finally one can of chili beans. Add one can tomato soup, then one can water (using tomato soup can), one can diced tomatoes and one can drained northern beans.
  3. Return the meat to the same pot.
  4. Put a lid on it and let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with sharp cheddar cheese and crackers. 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
Servings
pasties
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
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!

Four B’s Tostadas

Tonight for Mitten Movie Night were getting spicy.  Crunchy tostadas get the 4 B’s treatment: beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce then cooling it down a little with some creamy ranch dressing.  A bold combination packed with tons of flavor.

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the movie we are watching The Nice Guys. Ryan Gosling?  Yes please! With dinner and the movie we’re having Sam Adam’s Octoberfest.  Now you might be asking yourself how on earth I think that these two go well together.  When researching what pairs well with Octoberfest I came across a great article from Serious Eats Beer Pairings: What to Eat with Oktoberfest BeersIt says that going ‘South of the Border’ is totally acceptable. Since this is a recipe I’ve had on my mind for awhile and we got a great deal on the beer at our beloved Costco I ran with it.  Now let’s get on to the food.

4 B's Tostadas |Bottom Left of the Mitten

On the stove add ground beef, garlic powder, chili powder, seasoning salt and cumin.  Cook beef all the way through.  Add your refried beans to a microwave safe dish and heat for 3 minutes to warm them up.  Once your beef and beans are cooked it’s time to make the tostadas.  In a small pan add oil for frying.  Heat the oil up for 2-3 minutes.  When oil is heated use tongs to add tortillas into the pan.  Fry one tortilla at a time for 2 minutes each side. Set up a plate with paper towels next to the pan to put the tostadas on once they are cook.

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

When the tortillas are all cooked it’s as simple as setting up an assembly line.  Take the crispy (oh so good!) tostadas top with beans, seasoned beef, blue cheese and then drizzle with buffalo sauce and ranch to cool it off just a touch.  You could always take this fiesta up a few notches and use my Double Batch Smashed Beans or homemade rice for this meal.

Serve with tomatoes, green olives, lettuce, sour cream and a rice dish on the side.  And here you are…..

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Four B's Tostadas-beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Four B's Tostadas
Crunchy tostadas get the 4 B's treatment: beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce then cooling it down a little with some creamy ranch dressing. A bold combination packed with tons of flavor.
Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. On the stove add ground beef, garlic powder, chili powder, seasoning salt and cumin. Cook beef all the way through.
  2. Add your refried beans to a microwave safe dish and heat for 3 minutes to warm them up.
  3. In a small pan add oil for frying. Heat the oil up for 2-3 minutes. When oil is heated use tongs to add tortillas into the pan. Fry one tortilla at a time for 2 minutes each side. Set up a plate with paper towels next to the pan to put the tostadas on once they are cook.
  4. Assemble the tostadas with beans, seasoned beef, blue cheese and then drizzle with buffalo sauce and ranch.
  5. Serve with tomatoes, green olives, lettuce, sour cream and a rice dish on the side

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