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Martha Stewart Hillbilly Style:
Martha Stewart Hillbilly Style was a brain child of mine when my Mom and I were talking about the recipes she loves on Martha Stewart and Mad Hungry. My Mom can cook, and that is no joke. Growing up I hardly ate from a box. The first time I had a store bought cookie I thought it was gross. I never bought lunch in school until I was in high school. My Mom was one of those moms that made your lunch every..single..day. When I got home there was always a snack, homemade of course. While my Mom makes killer meals the thing she is known for most is her baking. She loves to bake and makes everything from scratch. Christmas is a wonderland here. My Mom is always talking about those recipes and how much she would love to try them. I never really understood it because my Mom follows recipes from cookbooks, so what is the difference? I finally asked a couple of weeks ago and she said ” I could never make them. They always have all these fancy gadgets and everything looks perfect.” I was stunned. My Mom who has people begging her to bake for them or fix them a plate of food was intimidated by Martha Stewart because she didn’t have a fancy gadget? No..freaking…way.
I thought about it for awhile and then asked her why she needed them? She replied she needed them so things would look like theirs. I told her I bet she didn’t. That is when the challenge began. I challenged my mom to make some Martha Stewart/Mad Hungry recipes using what she had. The fanciest gadget my mom has in her kitchen is a Ninja she purchased from QVC and her mixer from Kitchen Aid. Now she does have a smoker ( we haven’t used it yet ) and a rotiesseri ( used maybe twice?) but that is about it. She had a deep fryer once but it broke and she broke the lid to her crock pot. Yeah, our kitchen gadgets die a lot. Anyway, she took the challenge and I will be sharing with you the recipes and pictures of her making them. Please note there is a lot of pictures. I tried to keep them small so it wouldn’t take forever to load.
If no one ever reads this post, I don’t care. We had a ball. I am the worse photographer in the world and had my Mom laughing so hard trying to get pics. We did recipes all weekend and I will treasure those memories forever. Stick around till the end and see our little “helpers”
About Nana Helen
My mom is a hillbilly. We live in Maryland but my Mom and Dad both grew up in the Hollers of West Virginia/Virginia. Both of their fathers were coal miners. Our normal fare is Pinto Beans, Corn Bread, Fried Chicken, Greens, etc. Mom has always been a housewife and mother, a darn good one at that. She started cooking when she 7 years old. She didn’t have the best home life and for years she cooked, cleaned, and did all the household duties. She married my dad February 14th, 1963 and had my brother 5 years later and me 6 years after that. For as long as I can remember my Mom has cooked from scratch. The dining room table was always the center of the house and my whole growing up years we had dinner every night. Of course has my brother and I got older, graduated, etc things changed. We were to busy to have family style meals. After a divorce I moved back in with my parents. Now my daughters are enjoying all the things I did growing up. My Mom was afraid of these posts because she knew the food wouldn’t look perfect like you see on the shows, websites, and magazines. I told her that was the point. We are not all Martha Stewarts and we should all be proud of the food we make.
What we will be making:
The recipe in this post is French Dip Sandwiches. Click HERE for the recipe. My mom does not have a dutch oven so she had to improvise with a skillet. It was interesting to say the least.
Step 1- Wash your meat
Step 2- Mom didn’t have coarse salt so she used table salt.
Step 3- After heating your oil up place your meet into the skillet to brown ( or dutch oven if you have one)
Step 4- Peel your carrots. There are gadgets out there that will peel them better but my mom is using a peeler she has had for 20 years ( no joke )
Step 5- Peel your celery ( see the trash bowl? I gave her that idea. Got it from Rachael Ray!)
Step 6- Dice your carrots,celery and onion.
( ONIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE IF I HAD NOT FORGOTTEN TO TAKE A PICTURE ><)
Step 8- Transfer your meat to a plate.
Step 9- After removing your meat, add your carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Let it cook for however long the recipe says. ( About 10 Minutes)
Step 10- Add your tomato paste and wine. Cook until it reduces by half.
Step 11- Add meat to mixture. Mom said you would have more room in a dutch oven. She was afraid it would over flow when she added the broth.
Step 12- Add Broth
Step 13- Thankfully no overflow and then she added the bay leaves.
Step 14- Transfer to the oven. My mom used an old corning ware baking dish she has had for years and years. It almost didn’t have enough room. She was a little frustrated by this point. Baste every hour for about 3 hours until it is fork tender.
Step 15- Remove from oven and drain liquid. Pull meat apart.
Step 16- Cut your bread lengthwise. My mom couldn’t find baguette bread so she used French bread instead.
Step 17- Stuff bread with meat.
Step 18- Top with cheese.
Step 19- Melt cheese on bread and bake until bread is crispy ( yes, there are two different cheeses on it. Like I said, Mom is a hillbilly and swiss cheese is not a regular in this house. Me on the other hand loves it. Everyone else had white american)
Step 20- Cut the sandwich into servings. Serve with the dipping sauce.
All in all it was delicious. The next post will be the onion rings. My mom was excited she could make it and is grabbing every recipe she can. She wants to figure out ways to make them without some of the items she doesn’t have. My mom had some other helpers during our mission.
Till We Dish Again,
Martha Stewart recipes and all entities are © Martha Stewart inc. I do not own the recipes, name, trademark, or logos. The pictures in this post are © Bobbie Seacrist and may not be used without permission. Martha Stewart Hillbilly Style is just something I made up and is in no way connected to Martha Stewart or her entities.