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Omi’s Naked Mice Recipe (no mice needed)

I hope all you wonderful mamas had a fabulous day today. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary really, but my baby must have gotten special vibes because he let me nap and have a pretty fuss-free day. I am glad I saved some dairy-free chocolates, too. The urge to cheat was intense today, let me tell you.

One thing that is easy about going dairy free is that I can still eat all the meat I want. I’m definitely a carnivore and so most of my diet is meat-based anyway. Since going dairy free I’ve been eating more veggies, for sure. But meat… meat is on my list of most favorite foods after baked goods.

My mother was here to visit a few weeks ago and she spoiled me with her good cookin’. One of my favorite dishes is “Naked Mice.” I actually thought this recipe died when my Omi passed, but my mom had it tucked away in her mind and busted this bad boy out to celebrate the arrival of my son. It’s too good to lose or not share, so I’m letting you take a peek. Don’t worry, no mice are harmed in the making of this delicious main course.

Naked Mice (no mice needed)


  • pork tenderloin or beef (top round is good)
  • pickles
  • onions
  • different colored peppers (the more the merrier)
  • hot mustard

For the gravy:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • water

How to Make Naked Mice:

  1. Pound pork or beef thin and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Slather one side of each flattened piece of meat with mustard. Slice pickles, onions and peppers into thin strips. Put a few strips on each mouse and roll up tight. You can tie them with kitchen string (like Omi did), or you can just put the edges down in the pan to cook first (like my mom does it).
  2. Cook on low to medium heat while occasionally rolling to flip until all the mice are cooked through (about 45 minutes). Remove the mice from the pan.

For the Gravy:

  1. Add a bit of water (a cup to 1 1/2 cups) and stir to get the good bits from the bottom of the pan.
  2. Take about 1 cup of cold water and add the flour and stir together till all the lumps are gone. Once the water in pan is boiling slowly stir in flour water, stirring constantly. (You may not need all of the flour water. Just pour until the gravy is the color you want it to be.)
  3. Let the gravy simmer for a few minutes till thickened.

Serve with mashed potatoes or colored noodles and whatever veggies you want. Make the potatoes dairy free by using milk and butter substitutes.



  1. So glad to know no mice were used. Your recipe certainly does sound a lot better than an actual mouse 😉

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