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

Tips & Variations for Beef Ragu:

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

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

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup #SundaySupper

Little pillows of potato gnocchi, spinach, tomatoes and spicy sausage swirl around in a delicious broth.  Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup is filling and great on cold nights.

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup in a bowl with parmesan and croutons off to the side.

I first made this Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup recipe as something quick to take my best friend who was sick in the hospital. I was originally going to make a pasta dish with most of these ingredients but adjusted it on the fly to make the ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup to take to her so she could skip the hospital food. I’m glad I did because it has become something that I now make.

Top this with some homemade croutons and a sprinkle of Parmesan. The croutons give it really good crunch.

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup in a bowl and a close up of it on a spoon.

How to make Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup:

Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.

Now add the sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked I usually either drain this on a plate with a paper towel or drain in colander. I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.

Now add the other half of the butter.  Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add the sausage back in.

To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.  This is what thickens the stock.

Ingredients and steps for making Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup.

Add the chicken stock now.  I love using bouillon so I heat up 1 cup of water and dissolve the cubes in that.

Then add the remaining water after that.  Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan.

And here you are……

Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup in a bowl with parmesan and croutons off to the side.
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Originally published March, 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

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Gnocchi Sausage & Spinach Soup
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup is the ultimate ‘comfort food’ soup with spicy sausage and bites of gnocchi. Top with croutons and Parmesan and dig in.
Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by melting half of the butter in a large stockpot, adding the onions and cook until softened. Add garlic now—not before it will brown to fast and get bitter.
  2. Add your sausage and cook until browned. Once the sausage is cooked drain **I DO NOT drain out all of the oil, I leave a little bit in the bottom and add then put the spinach into the pot.
  3. Add the other half of my butter. Wilt the spinach. Chop up your tomato and add to the pot. Add your sausage back in.
  4. To the sausage mixture sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over it then stir to combine the flour.
  5. Add the chicken stock. Finally put the gnocchi into the pot and set to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve it up and add croutons & additional Parmesan. Enjoy!

Avery’s Potato Salad #CookoutWeek

We’re finally here! We made it! Que Will Smith ‘Summer, summer, summertime…summertime.’  Break out the flip flops and tank tops.  Get ready for long days in the pool or at the beach and bellies full of BBQ.  This time of year requires a hand full of quick sides to please cookout guests whether it’s planned or impromptu.  I think my son’s favorite potato salad fits any party big or small.

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When I told my son I was making one of his favorites he was excited.  I’ve made some of his favorites like Cheesy Pierogi Casserole, Easy Chicken & Dumplings or Out of a Can Chili but this is a very specific favorite of his.  He takes the first bite and says ‘I love this!’ so I just started calling it ‘Avery’s Potato Salad’.  Let’s get on to the recipe so you can get on with your summer.

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The key to this recipe is to have equal parts potato to equal parts egg.  Chop the potatoes into small pieces then add to a pot with the eggs.  Add enough water to the pot to cover them cook over medium heat (not so high it boils over) and cook for 14 minutes. Using a colander (or this fancy little draining spoon I have) to drain the potatoes then run under cold water to bring the heat off of the potatoes.

At this point I put the potato and eggs into a bowl then put them into the refrigerator for a half hour or so.  This cools the potatoes down more and makes it so I don’t burn my fingers peeling the eggs.  That is no fun!

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Once the items are cooled peel the eggs.  Add the cooked yolks to the potatoes then chop them into small pieces.  Dice up the onion and add that.  Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl: relish, mayo, mustard, sugar and vinegar. The sugar and vinegar add a slight sweet and sour taste that gives the salad a nice kick to it.

Averys Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the MItten

Return it back to the refrigerator for another hour or so to let the flavors meld.  Top with oregano or paprika and here you are….

Averys Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the MItten

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Avery's Potato Salad
Not your ordinary potato salad. Loaded with extra eggs, vinegar and a sweet hint of sugar make this a hit at any cookout.
Averys Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the MItten
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Servings
servings
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Averys Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the MItten
Instructions
  1. Chop the potatoes into small pieces then add to a pot with the eggs. Add enough water to the pot to cover them cook over medium heat and cook for 14 minutes.
  2. Using a colander (or this fancy little draining spoon I have) to drain the potatoes then run under cold water to bring the heat off of the potatoes.
  3. Put the potato and eggs into a bowl then put them into the refrigerator for a half hour or so.
  4. Once the items are cooled peel the eggs. Add the cooked yolks to the potatoes then chop them into small pieces.
  5. Dice up the onion and add that.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl: relish, mayo, mustard, sugar and vinegar.
  7. Return it back to the refrigerator for another hour or so to let the flavors meld. Top with oregano or paprika. 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!

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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!

Bubble & Squeak

Over the holidays the boys and I were SUPER sick.  Like almost 3 weeks of misery sick.  Good thing we recovered 100% and for me I didn’t lose my appetite so I binge watched Food Paradise episodes and took notes on some of the recipes I saw.  So for tonight’s Mitten Movie Night I am making one that was featured, Bubble & Squeak.  I loved the way that the Chef made this dish so I couldn’t wait to try it for myself and I most certainly wasn’t disappointed.

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Tonight we are drinking some Kolsch 45 from Short’s Brewing.  Short’s has great beer!  I paired one of my sites most popular recipes, Jerk Chicken Sandwiches, with their Bellaire Brown.  For our entertainment as I discussed in my last Mitten Movie Night we are in the middle of a few series and finally getting through the last episodes of Bates Motel.  I really felt like last season had me a little **blah** about where the show was going but it’s really taken a turn for the better and has me newly interested in it.  Okay, so now on to this recipe.

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For this classic English dish it’s a basic combination of cabbage and potatoes.  I made this in two pots-a larger pot then a deep skillet.  Clean, peel and chop potatoes then add to water.  Boil for 20 minutes until tender then drain.  While the potatoes are boiling divide the head of cabbage.  You will only need half of this, I made some coleslaw with the remaining half, yum!  Chop the cabbage and onion into small pieces then soften with 1 Tbs butter in another pan.  To the pot that the potatoes were cooked in add them back into the pan and then add the cabbage.  Using a potato smasher smash them together.

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Once well combined set up the staging area for frying.  Into 3 separate containers crack 2 eggs, 1/2 cup flour with salt and pepper to taste then 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.  Bring 1/2 cup oil to frying to med/high heat for frying.  Form potatoes and cabbage into patties, flip on both sides into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.  Add to oil in the pan frying on each side for 2-3 minutes.  Crispy!!  Remove and add to a plate with a paper towel.

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The Chef on the show served the patties with poached eggs, ham steaks and Hollandaise Sauce, the sauce is what sold me on making this for sure.  Eggs Benedict is what I order whenever I go out if it’s on the menu.  While I’ve tried to make the sauce many, many times at home with a 100% fail rate I quickly realized there was a better alternative.  The best part is it isn’t too buttery, cook the eggs I add or have a bitter lemon taste. Win!  That alternative is this—>

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Prepare the sauce as recommended on the package.  Then all that’s left to do is to cook the eggs which can be fried or poached.  Heat the ham steaks.  Prepare on a plate and drizzle with the sauce.  And here you are…..

Bubble & Squeak | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Bubble & Squeak
Crispy potato and cabbage patties served alongside poached eggs and ham. The final touch, Hollandaise Sauce. The perfect breakfast or 'brinner'.
Bubble & Squeak | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Servings
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Ingredients
Bubble & Squeak | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Clean, peel and chop potatoes then add to water. Boil for 20 minutes until tender then drain.
  2. Chop 1/2 the head of cabbage and onion into small pieces then soften with 1 Tbs butter in another pan.
  3. To the pot that the potatoes were cooked in add them back into the pan and then add the cabbage. Using a potato smasher smash them together.
  4. Once well combined set up the staging area for frying. Into 3 separate containers crack 2 eggs, 1/2 cup flour with salt and pepper to taste then 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
  5. Bring 1/2 cup oil to frying to med/high heat for frying.
  6. Form potatoes and cabbage into patties, flip on both sides into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.
  7. Add to oil in the pan frying on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Remove and add to a plate with a paper towel.
  9. Prepare the sauce as recommended on the package.
  10. Poach the eggs. Heat the ham steaks. Prepare on a plate and drizzle with the sauce. 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!

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.
Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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!

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