Loaded Cheese Fries

It has been a long week for a Michigander!  We’ve had 3, yes I said 3, snow days this week.   So to reminisce on the days of Summer for this Mitten Movie Night we fired up the smoker, a thing we do often when it’s warmer, to slow cook a bottom round roast.  It was the perfect addition to put on top of some Loaded Cheese Fries!

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten
For the beer we’re enjoying some Devil Dancer from Founders.  The movie, Lights Out.  I had wanted to see this in the theaters so bad because I LOVE scary movies but alas we just didn’t have time to go.  This is precisely why I love Mitten Movie Night because it gives me a chance to make great meals like a Pepper Steak Pizza or even special treats for the kids like these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms and catch up on a movie we’ve been waiting to see. Thank you Netflix! So now on to the recipe.

A key that I’ve found to smoking meat is ‘prior preparation’.  The night before take the meat and put it into a great brine and make sure to give it at least 8 hours in the refrigerator.  We use a brine of Coca-Cola, garlic & onion powders, kosher salt, molasses and apple cider vinegar.  Before putting the meat into the smoker pat it dry then generously cover with a dry rub like this Bayou Black from Legion of Spice.  I also used their Jerk seasoning to make these amazing Jerk Chicken Sandwiches which has been my most popular recipe on the blog to date.  Follow your smokers user directions for cooking time but it generally is 1 Hour per 1 Pound of meat.  This roast took an 2-1/2 hours.  Turn off heat.  Take out the roast and cover with tinfoil and return to smoker to rest for 20 minutes.

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

About a half hour before the meat is done prepare the bagged fries according to package directions.  I grabbed a bag of Alexia Organics Fries from the grocery store.  Now let me tell you-I’ve used other types of frozen fries before and never liked the way they came out.  Usually soggy and never crispy.  These however were phenomenal and not to mention easier than making my own.  For the toppings chop up some tomatoes and jalapenos. Sautee an onion in some butter.  Get some parsley for added flair.  Whip up a quick cheese sauce by creating a roux with butter and milk then add cheese.

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The smoked roast came out perfect.  Juicy and moist with a slight crust on it from the rub.  It came out medium/rare with the cooking method I mentioned above but as always with meat cook to your preference and follow food safety guidelines.  Now time to assemble!

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start with a french fry base, add sweet onions, tomatoes and jalapenos, the meat that has been cut into strips then finally smother in cheese sauce.  Garnish with parsley and here you are…..

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Loaded Cheese Fries
Crisp french fries loaded with all the goodies like tomatoes, jalapenos, smoked beef and a smooth and creamy cheese sauce. Perfect for sharing...if you want!
Loaded Cheese Fries| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
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Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
Loaded Cheese Fries| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Brine/Rub
  1. On the stove top heat up all the ingredients in a small pan. Let come to a boil then remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Once cooled put in a baking dish with the meat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  3. Before putting the meat into the smoker pat it dry then generously cover with a dry rub. Follow your smokers user directions for cooking time but it generally is 1 Hour per 1 Pound of meat. This roast took an 2-1/2 hours. Turn off the smoker. Take out and cover with tinfoil and return to smoker to rest another 20 minutes.
Cheese Sauce
  1. Melt butter in a small pan. Gradually add flour. Then gradually add milk. Once it's all combined add cheese to mixture. Stir until melted. Use to top the french fries.
French Fries & Topping
  1. Prepare bagged fries to package directions.
  2. For the toppings chop up some tomatoes and jalapenos. Sautee an onion in some butter.
  3. Assemble by starting with a french fry base, add sweet onions, tomatoes and jalapenos, the meat that has been cut into strips then finally smother in cheese sauce. Garnish with parsley. Enjoy!
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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup

Well, we missed the snow!  Last Saturday we hightailed it out of here when it just started sleeting and missed the light dusting that came soon after.  Where did we head to you might ask?  Oh, a little place called ‘Disney’!  While Michigan had it’s first cold spell we were basking in the sun, swimming & riding roller coasters. It was a great trip but now it’s time to settle into the reality that Winter is coming.  I’m okay with that–because I get to celebrate Mitten Movie Night snuggled up while the wind howls drinking some craft beer and enjoying a warm bowl of soup.  My Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup to be exact.

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten

With this soup recipe we’re having Accumulation from New Belgium.  New Belgium has some of the best seasonal beers and this is one of my favorites.  A White IPA perfectly pairs with the beefy bacon and tang of the tomato base in this bean and bacon soup.  The tomato comes from a favorite of mine, condensed soup.  This time of year I can get such a great deal on them so I stock up.  Adding it to recipes like my Cream of Chicken Bake or just for heating up to dip grilled cheese in.

For the movie we’re watching Elf.  Will Ferrell is my favorite actor.  As I mentioned before I really think he’s one of Hollywood’s hottest.  I also need to watch a holiday movie because after spending Thanksgiving week in Florida I’ll be honest, I kind of forgot that it even IS the holidays.  When we got to the hotel in Disney they were playing Christmas songs and it was decorated but something just felt ‘off’ about it.

Don’t get me wrong, Disney World does a fantastic job, but they do not have the two things that make the season for a Michigander and that’s bone chilling cold and the possibility of a White Christmas.  It may seem like I’m a State snob but I’m not Michigan has ‘Winter Wonderland’ in spades and we do it better than most.  Time to reset my mind now that we’re home.  So enough about that…let’s get back to the food!

This Thirteen Bean mix came from Fresh Thyme Market in Mishawaka, IN.  We’ve been to this store a few times but just decided to peruse the loose bins section.  The convenience of filling the bags with just the amount I needed of couscous, beans, lentils, almonds and the ‘required’ gummy worms that Little A was unable to leave the store without was great.  If you can’t find a bean combination I’m sure a great northern bean would work as well.

Starting off soak your beans for 6-8 hours in cold water.  Drain the water and rinse them when it’s time to cook the soup.  Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a large stock pot with the beans then set to medium heat.  Now dice the bacon and cook to the preferred doneness.

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten

While the bacon is cooking chop the onions, garlic and carrots.  When bacon has cooked remove and put on a plate with a paper towel reserving 1 Tbs of the bacon grease.  Add onions, garlic and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and sautee for 5 minutes until the veggies have slightly softened.  To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.

Into the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.  Set to low/medium heat then cover and let it do it’s thing for around 1-1/2 hours.  Chop up some green onion for the top and here you are….

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup
Who knew that making a delicious soup could be so simple and taste as good as the canned original? Hearty beans and smoky bacon make for a cozy winter meal.
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Instructions
  1. Soak beans for 6-8 hours in cold water. Drain the water and rinse them.
  2. Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a covered pot with the beans then set to medium heat.
  3. Dice and cook bacon to desired doneness.
  4. Chop the onions, garlic and carrots. When bacon has cooked remove the bacon and put on a plate with a paper towel reserving 1 Tbs of the bacon grease. Add onions, garlic and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and sautee for 5 minutes until the veggies have slightly softened. To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.
  5. To the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.
  6. Set to low/medium heat and let it do it's thing for around 1-1/2 hours.
  7. Place in a serving bowl and add chopped green onions if desired. Enjoy!
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Pepper Steak Pizza

Who’s ready for Mitten Movie Night?  I know I am, it’s been a long week.  So let’s kick it off on a positive note and I’ll say a 4 letter word that makes probably 95% of people just feel better: P-I-Z-Z-A.  Pepper Steak Pizza to be exact. Tonight we’re watching Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates.  I love Adam Devine. Then enjoying some Stone Brewing Ruination Double IPA 2.0.  Lots of hoppy goodness!

Pepper Steak Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Whenever I think of pizza I think of the movie Can’t Buy Me Love.  Patrick Dempsey on the first day as the ‘popular kid’ spent the day probably not as he had imagined. When he finally gets out of school he and the girl of his dreams go to a pizza joint.  Pizza arrives and he picks it up, looks at it and exclaims that it’s hot but it looks good and he is so hungry.  About to take that first bite someone comes from behind and takes his piece and then the whole pan.  I guess the point of this is this poor guy had a terrible day and all he wanted was to take some comfort in a piece of pizza.  My thoughts are that pizza is ‘comforting’ food rather than ‘comfort’ food.  Had a long hard week?  Order a pizza and watch a movie~relax.  Have a great day with big accomplishments?  Stay home and make a pizza together and celebrate.  Haven’t seen your friends in awhile?  Meet at a great pizza place (I highly recommend Silver Beach Pizza in Saint Joseph, MI) and catch up.  Ok, enough already with the pizza nostalgia!  Let’s actually make it!

The crust for this is so easy and you do not need to let it rise.  Add water, yeast and honey to a bowl.  Set aside and let bubbles form on the top-usually takes around 10 minutes. This means the yeast is working. Stir in four and salt to combine into a ball.  Place ball on a well floured surface then roll with rolling pin to desired size.  I did not let this rise since I wanted a thinner style crust.  Place on pizza pan.

On the steak I used a trick that my brother taught me.  Take about 2 Tbs of softened butter and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and smash it together.  Slather over both sides of the steak then let it sit for about 20 minutes.  While it’s sitting heat an oven proof pan in the oven at 400 degrees.  Cut the steak into strips then remove the pan from the oven.  The pan will be so hot that it will start browning the steak even though the stove top heat is not on.  Brown on all sides then put back into over for about 5 minutes to get done cooking.  So good! One of the best cooking tips I’ve ever gotten.

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Now all that needs to be done is put all the sauce ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil and let thicken.  Usually within 3-5 minutes it will be ready.  Sautee peppers and onion in 1/2 tsp butter.  Assemble pizza: Sauce, steak (make sure the liquid has been drained if there is any to avoid soggy crust), peppers & onions, cheese and chopped tomatoes.

Pepper Steak Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes.  Cut it up into 8 pieces.  Like my Pizza Cutter?  I was honored when Checkered Chef asked if I would give this and their Pizza Peel a test drive.  I loved them!  Check them out at CheckeredChef.com to get your own.  And here you are…..

Pepper Steak Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Thin Crust adapted from How Sweet It Is

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Tender steak and sauteed peppers & onions on top of a thin crust. Perfectly paired with a soy based sauce and melted cheese. A unique way to enjoy a takeout favorite.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
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pieces
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Thin Crust
Peppers & Steak
Pepper Steak Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Thin Crust
Peppers & Steak
Pepper Steak Sauce
Pepper Steak Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Thin Crust
  1. Add water, yeast and honey to a bowl. Set aside and let bubbles form on the top-usually takes around 10 minutes. This means the yeast is working.
  2. Stir in four and salt to combine into a ball. Please ball on a well floured surface then roll with rolling pin to desired size and place on pizza pan. Do not allow to rise.
Pepper Steak
  1. Take about 2 Tbs of softened butter and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and smash it together. Slather over both sides of the steak then let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  2. While it's sitting heat an oven proof pan in the over at 400 degrees. Cut the steak into strips then remove the pan from the oven. The pan will be so hot that it will start browning the steak even though the stove top heat is not on. Brown on all sides then put back into oven for about 5 minutes to complete cooking.
Pepper Steak Sauce
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients into a small pot. Cook on medium heat until thickened completely.
  2. Assemble pizza: Sauce, steak (make sure the liquid has been drained if there is any to avoid soggy crust), peppers & onions, cheese and chopped tomatoes.
  3. Place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes. Cut it up into 8 pieces. Enjoy!
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Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

I’ve tried a meal with jerk seasoning precisely once.  Like 16 years ago.  Not a fan.  I decided to get wild at a chain restaurant and veer away from my normal order.  Big mistake.  Not being able to get through even half the sandwich because my mouth was in flames is not my idea of a good dining experience.  So when I saw that Legion of Spice would send 2 free samples I figured I didn’t have much to loose.  I’m so glad that I expanded my seasonal horizons because these Jerk Chicken Sandwiches are just what I need on this Mitten Movie Night.

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Tonight we’re drinking Bellaire Brown from Short’s Brewing.  A perfect beer paired with the smokey, sweet spices of the jerk seasoning.  Keeping with the Halloween theme (I know it’s passed alright!) we are re-watching The Babadook.  This is on Netflix instant–if you want to freak the freak out watch it now.

For the chicken, I just added it to my crock pot with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbs of the ‘I’m A Jerk’ Seasoning.  After it started cooking for an hour or so the house smelled amazing.  Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg. I  wanted to jump on the computer and start researching tropical locals for a mid-winter break.  Or I can save a few thousand dollars and have this meal when I’m feeling the long Michigan winter blues.

Once the chicken has cooked for 6-8 hours take it out and shred it then put it back into the pot to soak up more flavor while the sauce gets made.

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten

I really love giving my recipes quirky names (ie. Turkey & Bacon Sliders with ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce).  Therefore I decided to call this ‘Jerk’ Sauce.  **Take a few minutes to think of 10 separate instances where you could have used this in a conversation…..** and we’re back!  Put all the sauce ingredients in a pot and set it to simmer over a low/medium heat for 10-15 minutes to thicken it up.

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Prepare the buns. I prefer mine toasted so at this time I would butter them and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet.  When done remove the heels from the pan and flip the lids over.  Sprinkle shredded cheese ( I use shredded cheese over anything) and put them into the oven to melt for another 2-4 minutes.

To assemble remove the meat from the crock pot and place on top of the bun.  Drizzle some ‘Jerk’ Sauce on top.  It’s meant to be more of a condiment than mixed with the meat like my Asian BBQ Sauce.  Dress up with some pickled red onions and jalapenos.  And here you are…..

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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A vacation from the normal sandwich. Jerk seasoning slow cooks with chicken. Top it on a toasted bun. Drizzle with spicy sauce then pickled red onion and jalapenos.
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Course Main Dish
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Jerk Chicken
'Jerk' Seasoning
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
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sandwiches
Ingredients
Jerk Chicken
'Jerk' Seasoning
Jerk Chicken Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Jerk Chicken
  1. For the chicken, I just added it to my crock pot with 1 cup of water and 2 Tbs of the 'I'm A Jerk' Seasoning.
  2. Cook for 6-8 hours take it out and shred it. Put it back into the pot to soak up more flavor while the sauce gets made.
'Jerk' Sauce
  1. Put all the sauce ingredients in a pot and set it to simmer over a low/medium heat for 10-15 minutes to thicken it up.
  2. Toast the buns. Butter them and put them in the oven for 8-10 minutes on a baking sheet. Taking them out remove the heels from the pan and flip the lids over. Sprinkle shredded cheese and put them into the oven to melt for another 2-4 minutes.
  3. To assemble remove the meat from the crock pot and place on top of the bun.
  4. Drizzle some 'Jerk' Sauce on top. Add some pickled red onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!
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Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

You know….I love carbs.  I L-O-V-E them.  Bread! Pasta! YUM! But I honestly don’t love them as much as I love zucchini.  Oh, zucchini!  Such a diverse veggie whether I fry it, put it in some muffins or making zoodles like these there are so many ways to make it delicious.  How about adding one of my families favorites to it? Yes! So now we have a new recipe to add to our dinner routine, Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles.

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

It’s funny to think that this was one of my very first recipes that I put on my blog.  Looking back almost 8 months in I have realized how far I’ve come with my photos so I’m going through and giving them a fresher look.  And this one needed it….badly!  While the pictures were bad I will give myself a little credit in the fact that I had basically 0.2% experience in photography.  Knew nothing about food styling (still working on that).  Didn’t have a clue about blogging.  I just knew that I wanted to share my food, family and what I enjoy.  So I jumped in and here I am.  Learning more every day about photography, writing and sharing.  Really hoping that it will continue to grow from here.  Ok, enough about me-on to the recipe that got this all started only with better pictures.

First, let’s start off with the meatballs. You can use any beef flavor rice you like or even shake it up with different flavors but I always stick to the beef flavored as I find it give the best taste.   Cook the rice according to package directions then……and this is *Important*…let it cool! Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg.  Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.

At this time preheat the oven to 350 degree.   Prepare your ‘zoodles’ using a spirilizer.  Chop onions, garlic, green peppers.  Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil.  Put onto another baking sheet then put both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

Porcupine Meatball with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and here you are…. Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Tender turkey mixed with beefy rice to make the perfect meatball. Place atop zucchini noddles and chunky vegetables. Cover with spaghetti sauce & top with Parmesan for a different kind of 'spaghetti & meatballs'.
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Porcupine Meatballs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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servings
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Porcupine Meatballs
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Porcupine Meatballs
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions then…...and this is *Important*…let it cool!
  2. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg. Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
Zoodles
  1. Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spirilizer. Chop onions, garlic, green peppers. Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil. Put onto another baking sheet.
  2. Both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.
  3. In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!
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Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce

TGIF!   Friday means Mitten Movie Night.  I have prepared something really special.  It was a few step process but really required more waiting than working.  First I put the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker.  Then I braised the pork and put it in the oven.  Whisked the Asian BBQ sauce.  Chilled the beer.  I recommend this Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce on a cool Fall day when your lounging on the couch binge watching Netflix wanting to put much effort into a great meal.

Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Tonight along with the meal we are drinking Fifth Voyage Coconut Porter from Cranker’s Brewery.  This was part of a ‘I Love Michigan’ Craft Beer pack that we picked up at Meijer.  I really enjoyed this pack since it let us try a few different beers from all over the state. Like a little travel without the…travel.  On second thought, that isn’t fun! One of mine & hubby’s favorite ‘us’ time thing to do is take mini-vacations to check out the craft beer scene. Our last trip was to Toledo & Cleveland, Ohio.  While we were there we even visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Christmas Story house!  I’m a huge history nerd so this trip had tons to offer–and did I mention these cities also have great craft beer?

For entertainment we’re watching The Boss.  I have been binging on funny stuff all week after the premier of The Walking Dead Sunday.  Done. Over. I cannot handle anything remotely scary or stomach turning…..until this Sunday when I watch it again.  Sorry, I’ve invested too much time to quit now.  Alright! So onto the meal (unless your having TWD flashbacks then come back later).  As I mentioned I made this meal in stages.  For the sweet potatoes I wash them and then put them in a crock pot for 6 hours.  Done! See didn’t I say that was easy?

For the pork in an oven proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.  Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven.  Cook for 1 hour.  Take out of oven then add 1 cup water.  Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.   When the pork comes out so tender it shreds easily.   Now your ready for the sauce!

Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato from Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the Asian BBQ sauce whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil.  Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork.  Save the remainder for topping.

Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Split top of sweet potato with a knife.  Stuff with pulled pork.  Right before serving add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes.  Garnish with chopped parsley.  And here you are….

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce
Creamy sweet potatoes topped with tender pulled pork. Finished with a sweet & tangy Asian BBQ sauce. Perfect slow cooked comfort food with minimal effort.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
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potatoes
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Pork & Sweet Potatoes
Asian BBQ Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Servings
potatoes
Ingredients
Pork & Sweet Potatoes
Asian BBQ Sauce
Instructions
Sweet Potatoes
  1. Add washed potatoes to slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Asian BBQ Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil. Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork. Save the remainder for topping.
  2. Split top of sweet potato with a knife. Stuff with pulled pork.
  3. Right before serving add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes. Garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Pork
  1. For the pork in an oven proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides. Then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.
  2. Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven. Cook for 1 hour. Take out of oven then add 1 cup water. Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.
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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza #SundaySupper

Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own!  Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes.  Baked to gooey perfection.  Forget traditional crust and make this Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.

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Where we live we are about 2 hours from many major cities.  That means we can stay home or go visit Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo (their craft beer scene is awesome~I highly suggest giving it a try) or Chicago.  While we don’t hit Chicago very often we were able for a time to get real deep dish at a Gino’s East location that they had about a half hour from us in Granger, Indiana.  Sadly though it closed.  So it was up to make the thick pizza that I loved so much!  Other than the sausage that comes on an authentic Gino’s East, which is amazing, I think I pulled it off a pretty good copycat.

Start off with your crust.  This recipe is very similar to my White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce with the exception of reducing the flour and adding cornmeal to the dough.  It gives it that crunchy texture that most deep dish pizzas have.  Gather your ingredients….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  You should see bubbles are formed on the top of the water/yeast mixture.  Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil.  Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.

Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface.  Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan.  Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan.  Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.  Take out of the oven and now it’s time to load it up!  Layer cheese, filling, more cheese then top with the drained tomatoes.  It’s very important that the tomatoes are drained because you don’t want the juice making your crust soggy.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

My filling is a combination of Italian sausage, hamburger, mushrooms, green peppers, olives, onions, garlic cloves mixed with Italian seasonings and tomato paste.  I will put the full ingredients below but this is your pizza please add whatever you like!  A great crust, lots of cheese and the crushed tomatoes really are what make a deep dish what it is.  A blank slate to add whatever toppings you like.  Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.  And here you are….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own! Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes. Baked to gooey perfection.
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Deep Dish Crust
  1. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. Add flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil. Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface. Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan. Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan. Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.
Sausage Filling
  1. Brown sausage and hamburger. Add onions, green peppers, olives, mushroom and garlic. Cook all together the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add in tomato paste, Italian herbs and sugar. Take off heat. Add to pizza in a thick layer.
  3. Take crust out of oven. Load with layers like this: -1/2 Cheese -Filling -Remaining Cheese -Drained tomatoes
  4. Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces and enjoy!
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Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts

Do you love the Halloween season?  I sure do.  I think it is hard when you live in Southwest Michigan (or Michigan in general) like I do not to be inspired by the falling leaves, spooky woods, potentially haunted cemeteries, one of the best Haunted Attractions nationwide and Apple Orchards with Corn Mazes galore! Just step outside and you will get all the festive ‘feels’ you can handle. So let’s add to the excitement with some ‘Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts’ why don’t we?  Dark chocolate in the batter.  Dark chocolate on top.  Dark chocolate everywhere!  These dark donuts are perfect for your Halloween breakfast table.

Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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In a bowl add the base of your donut which is everything but the 2 Tbs milk, chocolate chips and butter. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave with 2 Tbs milk for around 4o seconds.  Melt the butter.  Add to the donut base.  Stir to combine completely.

Death By Dark Chocolate from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Grease a donut pan (I only have 1 but this makes 12 donuts so depending on your donut pan situation you may have to do these in 2 batches like me).  Fill the donut wells about 1/2 way.  Then put these into the over for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Once baked take out of the oven and place on wax paper or tinfoil to cool.

Now time for the frosting!  I went through several frosting recipes but I decided that I would keep it simple and I  felt like it paid off.  Melt dark chocolate chips with milk for 40 seconds.  Stir to combine.  The only side note I would say is let the frosting cool then put into the refrigerator in a covered container. 

Death By Dark Chocolate from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Dip the top of the donuts into the delicious topping.  Set back on tinfoil to let the frosting completely cool.  And here you are…..

Death by Dark Chocolate from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Death by Dark Chocolate from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts
Dark chocolate on top. Dark chocolate everywhere! These dark donuts are perfect for your Halloween breakfast table.
Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
donuts
Ingredients
Dark Chocolate Donut
Dark Chocolate Glaze
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
donuts
Ingredients
Dark Chocolate Donut
Dark Chocolate Glaze
Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Dark Chocolate Donuts
  1. In a bowl add the base of your donut which is everything but the 2 Tbs milk, chocolate chips and butter. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave with 2 Tbs milk for around 4o seconds. Melt the butter. Add to the donut base. Stir to combine completely.
  2. Grease a donut pan (I only have 1 but this makes 12 donuts so depending on your donut pan situation you may have to do these in 2 batches like me). Fill the donut wells about 1/2 way. Then put these into the over for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Once baked take out of the oven and place on wax paper or tinfoil to cool.
Dark Chocolate Glaze
  1. Now time for the frosting! I went through several frosting recipes but I decided that I would keep it simple and I felt like it paid off. Melt dark chocolate chips with milk for 40 seconds. Stir to combine.
  2. Dip the top of the donuts into the delicious topping. Set back on tinfoil to let the frosting completely cool.
  3. Let the frosting cool then put into the refrigerator in a covered container. Enjoy!
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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas #SundaySupper

I’ve mentioned before, my Dad is a great cook.  I remember the first time he let me make Swedish Pancakes during the holidays.  Boy, was I important!  I got to mix the batter. Grease the pan. Learned how to move the pan just right to make sure the pancake is thin and crispy.  While the recipe may have changed over time making these reminds me of how proud I was making these pancakes for the first time.  Now I might have to pass this recipe for Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas to my Dad!

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

When I think of sleepovers it really takes me back to my youth.  My friends and I doing our hair, dancing to music, gossiping of course!  It seemed like every weekend we were at one house or another us gaggle of girls.  I think that I’m most proud of the fact that those girls are still my closest friends.  If we were staying at my house Sunday’s meant big breakfasts and Swedish Pancakes were always my favorite.  This is my updated version now that I’m the one hosting the sleepovers for my boys.  So put on the coffee and grab your ingredients….

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the MItten

Mix all the pancake ingredients in a bowl.  It’s important to keep the bowl next to the stove with a ladle.  With a mid-sized skillet add a small dab of oil to the pan.  You can see my setup here.  Also make sure that you have a plate to add your pancakes to.  They cook quickly!

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From there you will add a ladle full of batter then spin the pan in a rotating fashion to thin it out.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Flip and cook around 30 seconds for the second side.  I posted a video on my Instagram awhile ago on how to move the pan.

Next is the sauce, which is so easy! Chop the bananas.  Add butter to a pan and start to melt.  Add brown sugar then bananas.  Let cook for around another minute then add the water cinnamon and nutmeg.  Take off heat, your done.  What I want to point out is the ‘roll’.  But I digress. I have a helpful little photo tutorial below for the ‘roll’.  Fill the center of the pancake, hook fork into the side and ‘roll’.

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

You know my husband doesn’t roll his Swedish Pancaked **gasp**!?!? Finish off with more sauce on top.  Do you see this deliciousness??  And here you are…..

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas
Roll up the goodness. Thin and crispy Swedish Pancakes loaded with sweet brown sugar bananas. A sweet start to a perfect day.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
Swedish Pancakes
Brown Sugar Bananas
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
Swedish Pancakes
Brown Sugar Bananas
Instructions
Swedish Pancakes
  1. Mix all the pancake ingredients in a bowl. It's important to keep the bowl next to the stove with a ladle. With a mid-sized skillet add a small dab of oil to the pan.
  2. From there you will add a ladle full of batter then spin the pan in a rotating fashion to thin it out. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook around 30 seconds for the second side.
Brown Sugar Bananas
  1. Chop the bananas. Add butter to a pan and start to melt. Add brown sugar then bananas. Let cook for around another minute then add the water cinnamon and nutmeg. Take off heat.
  2. Fill center of the pancake then roll. Top with more sauce. Enjoy!
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Cream of Chicken Bake

Creamed soups are a hit this time of year.  From green bean casserole at Thanksgiving using Cream of Mushroom or turning it into the perfect weeknight comfort food with my Cream of Chicken Bake. Tender chicken and black forest ham is covered and baked in a delicious sauce that is perfect for drizzling over buttery mashed potatoes.

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The cooler weather is finally here so that means I can start using my stove again.  During the summer months I really give my slow cooker and rice cooker a work out.  So I don’t  heat up the house we also live on a steady stream of sandwiches, chips and cold sides.  Once the air turns cool I am so ready for some serious comfort food and this Cream of Chicken Bake is one of my favorites.  Gather your ingredients…..

Cream of Chicken Bake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

First take the butter and onions and sautee them.  Once cooked put them right back onto the plate with the ham.  While cooking the onion combine the flour, garlic powder and oregano to a plate.  Split 3 chicken breasts so that they are now between 6-7 pieces.

To the same pan that the onion was cooked melt 2 Tbs. coconut oil.  Dredge chicken in flour mixture then add to pan.  Turning to brown each side.  You will not cook these all the way through, this is just to brown the chicken so cook 2-3 minutes per side only.  Add the chicken to a greased dish.

Next it’s time to make the sauce to pour over the chicken.  In a bowl put the cream of chicken, milk and Dijon mustard.  Stir to combine completely.

Cream of Chicken Bake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

On top of the browned chicken in the prepared dish cover with onions and slices of ham.  Pour all the sauce over the top.  DO NOT add cheese a this time.  Cover with tin foil and cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Cream of Chicken Bake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

After the dish has cooked from 30 minutes take it out of the oven and add the cheese.  Leave the foil off and put back into the oven for an additional 15 minutes.  Whip of some potatoes to pour the gravy on top of.  And here you are…..

Cream of Chicken Bake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Cream of Chicken Bake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Cream of Chicken Bake
Tender chicken and black forest ham is covered and baked in a delicious sauce that is perfect for drizzling over buttery mashed potatoes.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Dessert
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servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Dessert
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. First take the butter and onions and sautee them. Once cooked put them right back onto the plate with the ham.
  2. While cooking the onion combine the flour, garlic powder and oregano to a plate. Split 3 chicken breasts so that they are now between 6-7 pieces.
  3. To the same pan that the onion was cooked melt 2 Tbs. coconut oil. Dredge chicken in flour mixture then add to pan. Turning to brown each side. You will not cook these all the way through, this is just to brown the chicken so cook 2-3 minutes per side only. Add the chicken to a greased dish.
  4. For the sauce in a bowl put the cream of chicken, milk and Dijon mustard. Stir to combine completely.
  5. On top of the browned chicken in the prepared dish cover with onions and slices of ham. Pour all the sauce over the top. DO NOT add cheese a this time.
  6. Cover with tin foil and cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  7. After the dish has cooked from 30 minutes take it out of the oven and add the cheese. Leave the foil off and put back into the oven for an additional 15 minutes.
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