Dinner & Dessert: Steaks and Pioneer Woman Apple Dumplings

IMG_1285We’ve recently remodeled our kitchen (more on that in another post), so of course we had to break it in with a fancy dinner.  Of course the meal we wanted was steaks.  Nothing is better than a nice steak…nothing.  Once we settled on steaks we threw on some simple sides to it and the set off looking for a dessert to make.  We’ll get to that in a minute.

So, dinner.  We grabbed some filets from the grocery to grill up.  We used the rest of our steak rub we picked up from Findlay Market to get a nice taste to the steaks.  Along side of those we made some baked potatoes.  The way we made them comes from my mother-in-law and it’s great.  Poke some holes in them, cover with olive oil and salt, and bake at 450 for about 30-40 minutes (or until done depending on the size).  These things are so good.  I literally eat every bit including the salty crunch skin…damn they’re good.  Since you should have veggies we steamed some broccoli, but because we were making a bad ass first dinner we put some cheese sauce on top.  Add a garlic knot and some beer and SHAZAM!  I finished my plate and part of my wife’s and I was stuffed.

However, as a true American…I had to eat dessert.  I mean, I cleaned my plate and that’s what my second stomach is for.  The wife had found a Pioneer Woman recipe earlier in the day that we wanted to try out.  With most Pioneer Woman recipes…it’s not going to be bad.  This was definitely the case here with these things.

The assembly of the apple dumplings looked pretty simple as I watched the wife work her magic.  Once assembled you pour butter and Mountain Dew over the top of them.  I’m pretty sure this recipe is a Honey Boo Boo fever dream come to life.  It will simultaneously rot your teeth while clogging your arteries…in the most delicious way possible.

Once this came out of the oven, we plated the things up and scooped some vanilla ice cream on top.  Not to let anything go to waste, we poured some of the extra sauce on top.  HOLY BATMAN PEOPLE! They were legit good.  Super easy to make and super enjoyable.

It was a great meal overall in the new kitchen.  If you ever need to celebrate something in the future, I recommend steaks and something from the Pioneer Woman for dessert.  I know I’ll be using that plan!

Pioneer Woman Apple Dumplings


  • 2 whole Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 cans (8 Oz. Cans) Crescent Rolls
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1-1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Cinnamon, To Taste
  • 1 can (12 Oz.) Mountain Dew Soda


  1. Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan.
  2. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour entire mixture over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan.
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.

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