One of my favorite holiday traditions is watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
“…he even stole the roast beast.”
And seriously, how could he not?! Roast Beast, or as you normal folk may better know it as: Roast Beef, is my favorite meat. It is so tender and succulent… the way it melts in your mouth and pairs with potatoes, carrots, and onions… Oh how I love it!
Normally when I’m making a roast I have several bottles of seasonings scattered about. This year my holiday roast beast is made simpler – and yes better – with Outer Spice. Instead of five or six bottles of spices I only have one. That one bottle is full of organic spices that take any dish to wow. There is even a no salt option available for those with sodium restrictions. I’m a huge fan of Himalyan Salt and that is what Outer Spice uses. Score!
Outer Spice was founded in 2010 by Ben Stevens. They have four different varieties available:
and you can get them from the Outer Spice website. They also have some mouth-watering recipes you will want to have a look at when you are on their website. To get my super succulent roast beast you can find the recipe below. The secret is the slow roasting process – it truly is to die for! To learn more about Outer Spice be sure to connect with them on their social media channels.
Have you ever noticed there’s no lack of leftovers after a cookout? I know I’m constantly preparing more food than could be consumed by a small army. Tonight I was at a loss for what to cook and peering through the fridge left me staring at mounds of leftovers. Veggies, cold salads and burgers and hot dogs. Let’s not forget the piles of leftover buns.
I don’t know what happened but I had a stroke of genius and thought of a way to reuse the leftover goodies in a non-boring fashion. Face it, there’s only so many times you can slap a hamburger on a hamburger bun and enjoy it. Well, I always enjoy it but sometimes I just want more.
That’s exactly what the Small Town Cheesesteak is – something more.
This is my personal spin on the classic Philly Cheesesteak and it pleases me and my roomie amazingly. The beauty is you don’t have to use leftovers. Yes, it makes it much more convenient but the small town cheesesteak is super easy to make from scratch too.
To get started you need burgers, hot dog buns, cheese and your favorite veggie toppings. You’re only limited by the mess factor – the more you add the messier it will be. Sounds fun, right?!
I kept ours simple by just using sliced and sauteed peppers. I could have added mushrooms but they will serve a much higher purpose 😉 I tossed on some pepperjack cheese because, well, it’s incredible. Toasted it for 20 minutes and boom – tummy rumbling goodness.
If you don’t have leftovers don’t worry! Just season and cook some burgers how you prefer them. Clean the pan (mostly) and saute your veggies; if you’re not using onions, try minced or powdered onion just for the flavor. A little garlic is also super yum.
You have creative rights here so go crazy!
Open up your buns and break up the burgers to add to them. Crumble, chunks – again, all up to you. Top with your sauteed veggies and your favorite cheese, pop in a preheated (to 400 degrees F) oven and toast for 15 minutes. Add your preferred condiments and dig in. Whoop whoop!
Tell me: How do you think this small town cheesesteak will fair with your clan?
Meatloaf is one of those dishes you either like or you don’t. I’ve never been that crazy for meatloaf; it’s just too plain and boring for me. Crescent wrapped meatloaf now is a different story. I love the combination of bread and meat – it’s almost like a hamburger only better.
I just use refrigerated crescent rolls to make my crescent wrapped meatloaf. It’s quicker and less mess than making it from scratch. These may not be the prettiest things I’ve ever made but they sure are tasting mighty good!
Probably my most absolute favorite dish to make on a cool day is Chili. It’s so easy and so good. It takes the chill off and puts smiles on everyone’s face.
Sometimes you want something different and that’s where this Easy Chili Casserole comes in. It takes the already delicious chili and turns it into something fun and full of textures. You have the crunch from the Fritos and the smooth and sharp flavor from the cheddar cheese.
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You could probably use canned chili (yuck), but my chili recipe is so easy you wont have to. One thing you want to ensure is that you have a thick chili. If not you’ll have soggy corn chips which are just kind of gross, ya know, unless you like that.
Without further ado, my Easy Chili Casserole Recipe