Monday, March 04, 2013

More Recipe Ideas with @summerfresh Sauces


I have to say that I absolutely love the new Summer Fresh Cooking Sauces!  I've been having lots of fun in the kitchen coming up with new ways to use the sauces and the options are limitless!

If you've been following my blog, you may have noticed that the first thing I made with the Summer Fresh sauces was Thai Beef Curry. I used the Summer Fresh Thai Curry sauce.

Up next was Butter Chicken Pasta with Summer Fresh Butter Chicken sauce.

I then concocted a Cranberry Madeira Chicken and Tofu dish with Quinoa and walnuts with the Summer Fresh Cranberry Madeira sauce. So delicious!

I had two more sauces to test out. The Mushroom Marsala and the 3 Peppercorn.

Since I am a huge fan of mushrooms, I was excited to test out the new Summer Fresh Mushroom Marsala! Marsala sauce with a blend of Cremini, Porcini, and button mushrooms! You can't go wrong there! 

I wasn't sure what to use it with, so I went with something "different". I made something like a Shepherd's Pie, but with Mushroom Marsala and instead of a traditional potato topping, I made it with sweet potato! The result? Delicious!


Mushroom Marsala Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 sweet potatoes
pat of butter
splash of milk
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1 container Summer Fresh Mushroom Marsala sauce
oil for cooking

Instructions:
In a heated pan with a touch of oil, sautee onion and garlic. Cook ground beef.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add Mushroom Marsala sauce to meat mixture and mix, making sure meat is coated evenly.
In a baking dish, layer with meat and mushroom mixture.
Peel, cut, boil sweet potato in a large pot. Once cooked, mash with potato masher. Add butter and milk, and continue to make your mashed potatoes.
Add mashed sweet potato mixture on top of meat and mushroom mixture.
Bake in oven for 50 minutes.

With regular Shepherd's Pie, I'd add vegetables. Because I was using Mushroom Marsala, I decided to add the vegetables on the side.

The last sauce we tried was the 3 Peppercorn. I won't lie. The reason I tried this last is because A) Little One and I are not big fans of peppercorn. It packs too much of a punch for us. B) Hubby loves peppercorn. Umm...yeah. I decided to save the best for last because Hubby loves it.


Roast Beef with 3 Peppercorn Sauce 

Ingredients:
Roast Beef, sliced (you can cook it in the oven or in the slow cooker)
Container of Summer Fresh 3 Peppercorn sauce

Normally, I use a dry rub on my roast beef. The rub consists of various herbs and spices, depending on what flavours I'm in the mood for or what I have on hand. This time, I didn't want to use too much because I wanted to really taste the 3 Peppercorn sauce. 

I served the roast beef and 3 Peppercorn sauce with a side of Brussels Sprouts, salad (mixed baby greens with sliced pear, goat cheese, walnuts, dressing, and some cauliflower mashed 'potatoes'. No potatoes at all, but 'like' mashed potatoes. 

Hubs really enjoyed this meal. Of course, he loves peppercorn and beef (any way it's cooked) is his favourite! He's a real steak and potatoes or roast and potatoes guy. Can you tell he grew up on a beef farm? Even when he goes to restaurants, he orders STEAK! 

All of the Summer Fresh Sauces are tasty and can spruce up any meal. My favourites are the Butter Chicken and Thai Curry. Hubby wasn't very helpful and said they were all really delicious.

Disclosure -  I was given the complete line of Summer Fresh Sauces and a non-stick Wok in order for me to come up with some exciting recipes and try out the new sauces. All the thoughts and opinions on this blog are honest and my own.

9 comments:

mamawee said...

those all sound great, and my hubby would love the roast!

Margarita Ibbott said...

I love all the Summer Fresh products. You are very lucky to get to taste test them. They look fabulous and I can almost smell them from here :-)

Kelly @ City Mom said...

I LOVE SummerFresh so much! I have actually seen these on the shelves and I have been curious. Now I have to try them out.

Brandi Yee said...

YUM! I've never heard of these sauces but they sounds (and look) delicious! Thanks for sharing..and the recipes too!

OURFAMILYWORLD said...

I love trying new sauces. These looks delicious.

Kathryn Lavallee said...

Oh my gosh, there are so many amazing things in that recipe! Mushrooms and sweet potato in shephard's pie? Yes please!!

Christine McN said...

Mamawee:
:) I really love the Thai curry and the Butter Chicken! Feel like having some Butter Chicken tonight! LOL!

Christine McN said...

Margarita:
Thanks so much! It would be so much fun to cook with you sometime! I think you and Paula need to plan a road trip to visit me! LOL!

Christine McN said...

Kelly:
Definitely try them out! Let me know what you think!

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