Roast Beef

Today’s rain is making me think about comfort food.  Luckily I was planning ahead.  I have a rump roast in the crock pot.  I will have mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and green salad to complete the meal.  There is something so comforting about a meal like this on a rainy, chilly day.

Roast Beef

4 to 5 Rump Roast (available at your local meat market)
1 large onion (peeled and thinly sliced)
2 teaspoons of Mediterranean Spiced Rock Salt (available at your local butcher shop)
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Heat Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a roaster pan over medium/high heat. Rub Mediterranean Salt on all sides of the roast. Place the roast in the heated skillet. Brown and turn until all sides are browned. Place sliced onion in the bottom of the crock pot. Put the crock pot on high. Cook for 3 hours. Turn to low and cook an additional 4 hours. When the roast is fork tender put the crock pot setting on warm.

25 minutes before you are serving dinner drain the juices from the crock pot. Leave the onions with the roast. Heat the juices in a skillet over medium heat. Mix 1 to 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch in 1/2 cup of milk. Carefully introduce the cornstarch\milk mixture with the beef juices. Whisk constantly. If the mixture is too thick you can thin down with beef broth. This will make an excellent gravy for your beef and mashed potatoes.

Hope you enjoy this meal as much as we do. That’s all for today. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Sour Cream, Bacon, Green Onion, Cheese Dip

Sour Cream, Bacon, Green Onion, Cheese Dip–what a mouthful–a tasty mouthful!  Each of these 4 ingredients combine to give you robust flavor for your chips.  If you are planning on watching the Browns Thursday night you might just need to make a double batch!  Enjoy this Fall weather and don’t be afraid to bring this dip to family gatherings and celebrations.  It will be a family favorite.

Sour Cream, Bacon, Green Onion, Cheese Dip

24 oz. container of Sour Cream (available at your local meat market )
12 oz. finely grated Mexican Cheese Blend
1/2 bunch of green onions finely sliced (or more to taste)
8 slices of bacon cooked until crisp, crumbled or finely chopped (available at your local butcher shop)

Large bag of heavy chips (Ripple potato chips)

Mix all of the ingredients together. Place in the refrigerator and allow to chill for several hours. If you want to be super healthy, you can use this dip with vegetables.  This will make your game day much more exciting!

That’s all for now. Until next week…From our Butcher Block to your Table

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Sour Cream and Cheese Potatoes

17 years ago today our lives were forever changed.  If you are like me you are feeling a little unsettled today.  I can’t quite put my finger on it.  I keep tearing up.  We are a great nation and we have “recovered”.  We will just never be the same again.  I am sharing a recipe with you today that I got from one of my customers many years ago.  She moved to Chicago.  I have no idea what has happened to her and yet I think of her today as I share this recipe.  Somehow I hope I will reconnect with her someday.  In the meantime, enjoy this recipe and hug your family tight tonight.

Sour Cream and Cheese Potatoes

2 1/2 pounds of potatoes
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (available at your local butcher shop) 
3 Tablespoons of Butter (available at your local meat market)
3.4 cup sour cream (at room temperature) available at your local meat market)
1/4 cup chopped onion

Boil Potatoes (in skin–whole) for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool. Peel the potatoes and grate coarsely. Melt butter and cheese in saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Blend in the sour cream and onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix potatoes and sauce mixture, spread in a greased pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.  To garnish you can add crumbled fried bacon and sliced green onions after you remove from the oven.

This would make a great accompaniment to pulled pork or barbecue chicken breasts.

That’s all for now. Until next week…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Spicy Sausage Stuffed Pepper casserole

This is the best time of the year for Stuffed Peppers.  If you are like me you like to change-up your Stuffed Peppers recipe from time to time.  Last week the Butcher gave me about 2 pounds of bulk Sausage.  It contained Butcher’s Wife and Cajun Sausage.  I used it to make this rendition of Stuffed Peppers Casserole.  Enjoy!

Spicy Sausage Stuffed Peppers Casserole

2 pounds of your favorite Sausage (available at your local Meat Market)
6 peppers (green, yellow, red, orange, sweet, hot—you choose)
29 ounce can of tomato purée (available at your local butcher shop)
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

If Sausage is in casings rinse and remove the casings. Mix together. Place Sausage in a skillet and cook over medium heat until the Sausage is thoroughly cooked. Drain if necessary.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash Peppers Cut down the middle. Remove the seeds. Place the Peppers in a 9 X 13 inch glass dish (Peppers should be cut side up).  Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Oil. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the dish with the Peppers from the oven. Reduce the oven heat to 325 degrees. Spoon the cooked Sausage into the cooked Peppers. Cover with the tomato purée. Bake for 20 minutes. For a Southern twist serve the Stuffed Pepper Casserole over mashed potatoes.

That’s all for now. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

 

 

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