Friday, January 20, 2012

A Little More Time...and Phyllo Stuffed Stripped Beef w/Baby Bellas & Gorgonzola

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, 
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  
it is the time for home."  
~Edith Sitwell

The tree is down.
P90X is rockin' my world.
Spring cleaning has begun.
But dare I say that I'm still not ready for Spring??

I simply need more time...

More time for boots and cute scarves and hats! 
Maybe another snowfall or two? 
A little more cocoa?? 
A few more bowls of hot comforting soup?? 
A smidgen more snuggling on the couch with blankets and a good book while the chill still hangs in the air?? 

This past week I had been rummaging through the pantry and freezer 
trying to use up ingredients before I made my monthly pilgrimage to Trader Joe's.
Was hoping I could dream up something we've never had before with limited stock.
And I must say, some of the best meals are born that way.

Behold, I give you phyllo pastry stuffed with stripped beef, 
baby bella mushroom & gorgonzola
served with a side of creamy spinach & bacon fingerling potatoes
 and some steamed carrots drizzling with honey and a dash of nutmeg
The strip beef was frozen and left over from a delicious roast I made two weeks prior, one that had been simmering in a crock pot 
with Argentinian Malbec, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cracked pepper,
potatoes, onions, carrots and mushrooms. 
After that wonderful meal, I shredded the roast, saved some 
for stripped beef tacos the next day, and froze the rest.
Imagine my delight when I discovered it hiding in the back of my freezer!

This meal will definitely warm your belly while it's still nippy outside,
but don't worry ya'll, by March I'll be ripe 'n' ready 
for fresh blossoms and new beginnings :)

"The color of springtime is in the flowers, 
the color of winter is in the imagination."  
~Terri Guillemets

Phyllo Stuffed Stripped Beef with Baby Bellas & Gorgonzola
Here's what you need:
12 sheets of phyllo dough
10 oz. of cooked shredded roast
3-4 oz. gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
3-4 oz. of baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
tbsp of butter, tbsp of olive oil
1/2 cup wine
sea salt to taste
to brush phyllo dough i melted appx 6 tbsp of butter in a bowl 
and made an egg wash with 1 egg and some water in another bowl

Here's how you make it:
preheat oven to 350 degrees
sautee sliced baby bella mushrooms with garlic, butter & olive oil
salt to taste
add wine, cook down
add cooked meat, stir, cook for 1 minute
remove from heat.
spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray
lay 2 sheets of phyllo dough down, brush butter over the entire sheet to moisten
add 2 more sheets of phyllo, brush more butter to cover entirely, then add 2 more sheets of phyllo
brush with more butter to cover sheets entirely
add meat & mushroom filling in to cover sheets entirely
cover evenly with gorgonzola cheese crumbles
then add your last 6 sheets of phyllo in sets of 2, followed by brushing butter over entire sheets
when final layers of phyllo are on and butter is brushed evenly, then add one layer of egg wash over entire sheet
preslice before putting into oven for easy slices
place uncovered in oven and bake for 30 minutes
serve immediately

Creamy Spinach & Bacon Fingerling Potatoes
Here's what you need:
2-3 tbsp of olive oil
12 oz. of fingerling potatoes, sliced long, and then in half
1/2 yellow onion (I used a maui sweet onion)
1 clove of garlic, minced
6 oz. bacon, cooked & chopped
6 oz. frozen spinach (I didn't have any fresh spinach on hand, but of course would be perfect)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened & cubed
1/2 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
sea salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste

Here's how you make it:
over medium heat
cook garlic in olive oil, about 20 seconds
add onions, cook down about 3-5 minutes
add potatoes, stir well, add salt & pepper
cover, cook until potatoes are soft and can be pierced with a fork
stirring every so often
add spinach, stir
add cream cheese, incorporate well
add cheddar, incoporate well
cook about 2 minutes
add bacon, remove from heat
serve hot
*note to self: wait to photograph steamed carrots until AFTER they have been appropriately drizzled with honey and dashed with nutmeg. That is all.

Keep Shining Sweet Bellas!


  1. Bella, this all sounds wonderful!
    And so glad for good surprises hiding in that freezer waiting for just the right time to be discovered! ;)
    Yes, cocoa, soup, comfort and at least we can have colorful meals...yours certainly is!
    Enjoy your cozy comfort of home!

  2. How amazing that you can look in your freezer and see this meal hidden there. Your creativity never ceases to astound me. Trusting your getting enough rest and the little one is allowing you some quiet time. Hugs.

  3. Thank you sweet bella, for sharing your amazing recipes that you have created in such a jiffy!
    Love the stripped beef in the phyllo pastry, and the baby bellas, also the fingerling potatoes...are fingerlicking good!...LOL, just thought I'd add this to it. I've been wanting to make creamed spinach for the last few months now...shame, shame, I did buy some frozen, not bad, but homemade is so much better.
    Hope all is well with you, the little ones, and baby Luke:DDD

  4. This sounds delicious! :) I especially love that side of spinach and potatoes! Bookmarking this :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. I'm so glad you got your package and that it put a smile on your little one's faces. I love how creative you are and that you can look in the fridge and see something beautiful hiding in their. Love the spinach and potato ideas and the beef. I already ate dinner and you have me thinking of a second one, he he.

    Sorry the germs went around over there. Hoping, they sweep out of your house and that Spring sweeps in soon. I've been cleaning like a mad woman too.

  6. Kudos to you with P90X! I am not that hardcore, haha! My husband did it for a little bit and really enjoyed it, though. :)

    Your phyllo stuffed dinner looks delish!

  7. Hello Mangiabella,
    Found you through Lorraine's blog and after trawling around for some time,I decided I had to join in - you have such a wonderful blog and you write very well too!Most of all I love that delicious cake on your blog header - did you bake it?I'm your newest follower and so glad to have found you:)

  8. What a delicious perfectly balanced meal!

    - Lou

  9. What a delightful meal all around, and those potatoes look amazing :)



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