Asian Braised Beef

Asian Braised Beef

Ohh, this yummy Pinterest inspired dish caught my eye and I was excited to try something new! As always I was inspired by this recipe but changed it up to fit my family and what I had on hand. Here’s what I did.


2lb cubed sirloin roast

2T flour

1t salt

1/2t pepper

3T veg oil

3 cloves minced garlic

1t fresh grated ginger

2in piece Lemongrass chopped fine

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 c low sodium soy sauce

1/4 c hoisin sauce

1/2 c rice wine vinegar

1/4 c brown sugar

1/2 t red pepper flakes

2t sriracha

3 green onions

What I did:

Add vegetable oil to dutch oven or instant pot on sauté setting. Add flour, s&p to a small bowl, toss cubes Beef in flour mixture. Sear Beef in veg oil to brown and crusty. This is an imp’t step and you shouldn’t skip! Flavor people, flavor!! Brown in small batches and set aside.

After that’s all nice add garlic, ginger, & lemongrass to pan sauté just until fragrant and add chicken broth. Scrape all the crusty stuff off the bottom of your pan. Again, flavor.

If you are doing this in your instant pot or crock pot/ slow cooker add the meat back to pot w broth & spices.

Mix soy sauce thru sriracha and pour over top then sprinkle with green onions.

If using slow cooker set to low for 6-8 hrs or high for 4. Or set the Instant Pot for 60mins allow pressure to release naturally and serve over Jasmine rice. I served peas on the side. Broccoli would be great too. Anything green!

Enjoy and Eat well!

xoxo – Kat

Mama Perk’s {melt in your mouth} Drip Beef


This is the most delicious, moist, tasty beef I have ever made. It is so simple to make and could easily be done in the crock pot.  I got the inspiration from my girl Katie over at The Perks and I put a little twist, just cause I never leave anything alone!


chuck roast (mine was 2.5lbs)

3 T butter

2 T olive oil

1/2 packet ranch dressing

1T Good Seasons Italian dressing powder

2 large onions, sliced

1 can beef broth

1 cup water

1 T soy sauce

8 oz jar peperoncini with juice


Place butter & oil in large Dutch oven, stir in dressing powder and sear beef apx 5-7 mins on each side. Get a nice brown caramelized sear.


Remove meat, set aside to rest, add onions and soften.


Add beef back to pot and add broth, water and peperoncini to pot. Set on low and cook ALL day. I cooked mine on super low for 6 hrs.


I did my meat the day before we wanted to eat it, I would advise you to do the same. If you will allow meat to sit overnight in the fridge all the fat (there’s a TON of it) will rise to the top, solidify and you can scrap it all off. Reheat and shred with 2 forks. 


I served mine with toasted onion rolls, topped with Swiss cheese and the peperoncini.

No joke this was DELISH!!!!!!

I will be making this again.

Ta-Ta for now- Mama Bird

Perfect Meatloaf


Perfect Meatloaf, ahh it is one of those things that people either  love or hate. I for one enjoy  meatloaf, but I don’t ever order it and would be heststant to eat it at someone’s home. I mean who the heck knows what “they” put in their meatloaf? Here is my super yummy, family friendly, kids and Hubs approved



Mama’s Meatloaf

1 lb meatloaf mix*

1 piece of bread, crust removed

1/4 to 1/2 cup chili sauce

1 egg

3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 t garlic, salt & pepper

1 T fresh chopped parsley

meatloaf mi

Mix everything together and allow to sit in fridge for a few hours, or overnight, or just while the oven preheats!  Dump onto a broiler pan, this allows all the grease to drain and I am convienced that this is one of the keys to a perfect meatloaf!! No one wants greasy meat! Top with sweet and sour catsup (recipe below) Bake at 350 for 1 1/4 hour or until center is cooked through.



*Meatloaf Mix  is great and REALLY adds to the flavor, there ore no seasonings just a combo or ground meat, you can always use ground turkey or beef

Sweet& Sour Catsup:

3 T catsup

2 T brown sugar

1 1/2 T mustard

1 T apple cider vinegar

Mix everything together and drizzle over top.


xoxo, Mama Bird

Perfect Pot Roast


This is the PERFECT Sunday, family day, comfort food!

I love the rustic and homey feeling that I get smelling this all afternoon roasting in the oven.

Like all my recipes I tend to use what I have at the time so I rarely have the exact same meal twice!

olive oil, drizzle enough to coat bottom of pan

2 onions, quartered

3 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped



4 cloves garlic

2 tsp thyme

1 cup beef broth

1 cup red wine

1 pkt Lipton onion soup mix

Drizzle olive oil to coat bottom of Dutch oven, get pan really hot and toss in onions, get a nice char on them and remove, add celery and carrots, garlic and repeat. Then, generously salt and pepper beef, sear all sides and ends, remove. Deglaze pan with red wine and broth. Add seasonings, beef and veggies back to pan. Place in preheated 275 oven for 4 hrs. or longer. It just keeps getting better.

For variations you can add mushrooms, squash, beets, potatoes, leeks, parsnips, anything!!


xoxo . mama bird

Italian Drip Beef {Crockpot Wednesday}


Woo- weeee Crockpot Wednesday is back! With School starting for lots of friends  (next week for us!) I love to share as many go-to recipes that make your family dinner quick and easy!!

This is a recipe that my dear friend and Crockpot Queen Jen shared with me and YOU!! ENJOY!

Italian Drip Beef

1 whole beef chuck roast

1 onion, chunked

1 can beef consommé or beef broth

3 tablespoon Italian seasoning (I used Good Seasons Salad Dressing)

salt & pepper

garlic powder

1/4 cup water, red wine or white wine

8 oz pepperoncini peppers, with juice

throw all in the cockpot cook on low all day!

Serve with: rolls and provolone cheese for a great steak sammie!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Perfect Hamburgers


Typically I cook with ground turkey breast opposed to ground beef, but last Sunday was so beautiful that a cook-out was a must and a good old-fashioned burger was what I was craving! My burgers are good and they have a few secret ingredients that I will share with you!! The first is a splash of half & half, not that secret but, really adds something to the meat and the second is my fav bottled marinade EVER Thomas Marinade made right here in NC and the third is Richard’s seasoning another NC product it is a spice mix and can be found at The Fresh Market.

Here is my arsenal of ingredients: I don’t really measure just a few dashes of each a swirl around of Thomas’ and a splash of half & half.

And my cooking tip for the PERFECT burger is a charcoal grill. Gas will do in a pinch, if you are really tight on time. Stovetop will not do.

Mama Bird

{Crockpot} Curry Beef


I really enjoy Thai flavors, the one problem is many times when I eat Thai out I get a headache, but I have found when I prepare at home I am fine! Today I used only ingredients I had in my pantry, freezer or fridge! I had stew beef in the freezer and a can of lite coconut milk in the pantry and that is where the idea was born!

1-2 lbs stew beef

1 can lite coconut milk

1 c tomato sauce

1 c chicken broth

2 t curry powder (I like to use Madras and Dean & Deluca, 1 tsp of each)

1 green pepper, cut in 1 in cubes

1 c frozen pearl onions (would have used a sweet onion, but ran out!)

2 carrots, cubed

6 plum tomatoes, cubed

1/2 c golden raisins

1 granny smith apple, cubed

Throw everything in your crockpot EXCEPT the raisins and the apple, add those apx 1 hr prior to serving. Set on low and cook apx 6 hrs. Serve with rice and a fresh salad! YUM!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Chocolate Espresso Red Wine Meatballs {Crock-pot}


My dear friend Jen is such a great cook. She comes up with some fun combinations that are sure to please! This one is a keeper!
frozen or fresh meat balls (I use the HT fresh Turkey Meatballs)
Good Food brand espresso red wine steak sauce 
1/2 bottle red wine
8 oz of chicken or beef stock
4 to 8 oz sour cream
1/2 bar dark chocolate, good quality
cook all day. when you come home pull some of the sauce out and put into a pot. add chocolate, stir to melt, add a little corn starch or flour, then add sour cream. (however creamy you like it.)   Serve with rice or egg noodles. good luck girls.


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Big J’s Meatloaf & Roasted Sweet Potatoes

As a little girl, my Daddy did most of the cooking. He wasn’t a gourmet per-say, however what he made, he made well! This is one of those dishes that isn’t particularly innovative it is just a good meatloaf. Honestly I didn’t know how bad meatloaf could be until I went away to college. I am southern and my meatloaf is topped with ketchup not gravy to me gravy turns it into something like Salisbury steak or uh something I am not fond of. I hope your family will enjoy this recipe as much as mine does.

1 1/2 lbs of “meatloaf mix” (pork, beef & veal)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 c panko breadcrumbs
1 egg
2 Tb worchestershire sauce
2 Tb ketchup
2 tsp garlic powder
s & p to taste
I like to mix this all up together and let sit in fridge for a few hrs.
1 c ketchup
1 Tb brown sugar
1 Tb vinegar
1 Tb mustard
Bake at 375 for 60-90 mins. May want to tent with foil for first 30-45 mins and remove for last half. Enjoy!!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
peel and dice potatoes and toss with 2 T olive oil and 2 T your fav curry powder ( I like Madras which is a RED base as well as Dean & Deluca which is a YELLOW base) I also love to toss 1 T of Nigella Seeds (if you have, just adds another layer of flavor) I set oven on 375 and bake for apx 45 mins. Till fork tender. DELISH

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Cranberry Horseradish Flank Steak

I had a flank steak in the freezer and wanted to do something other than the soy glaze I typically do and
I looked in the pantry and saw Cranberry Sauce the whole berry kind and decided I would make something up!  It was wonderful and will be fantastic leftover on top of a salad of mixed greens with some blue cheese. yum.
Here goes:
1/2 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1/4 cup each ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire
1Tb horseradish
salt & pepper to taste
Marinate at least 4hrs or overnight would be great. preheat oven on broil place steak in center of oven for 5-7mins per side. The sauce begins to caramelize and it is just yummy!