Bubble & Squeak

Over the holidays the boys and I were SUPER sick.  Like almost 3 weeks of misery sick.  Good thing we recovered 100% and for me I didn’t lose my appetite so I binge watched Food Paradise episodes and took notes on some of the recipes I saw.  So for tonight’s Mitten Movie Night I am making one that was featured, Bubble & Squeak.  I loved the way that the Chef made this dish so I couldn’t wait to try it for myself and I most certainly wasn’t disappointed.

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Tonight we are drinking some Kolsch 45 from Short’s Brewing.  Short’s has great beer!  I paired one of my sites most popular recipes, Jerk Chicken Sandwiches, with their Bellaire Brown.  For our entertainment as I discussed in my last Mitten Movie Night we are in the middle of a few series and finally getting through the last episodes of Bates Motel.  I really felt like last season had me a little **blah** about where the show was going but it’s really taken a turn for the better and has me newly interested in it.  Okay, so now on to this recipe.

For this classic English dish it’s a basic combination of cabbage and potatoes.  I made this in two pots-a larger pot then a deep skillet.  Clean, peel and chop potatoes then add to water.  Boil for 20 minutes until tender then drain.  While the potatoes are boiling divide the head of cabbage.  You will only need half of this, I made some coleslaw with the remaining half, yum!  Chop the cabbage and onion into small pieces then soften with 1 Tbs butter in another pan.  To the pot that the potatoes were cooked in add them back into the pan and then add the cabbage.  Using a potato smasher smash them together.

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Once well combined set up the staging area for frying.  Into 3 separate containers crack 2 eggs, 1/2 cup flour with salt and pepper to taste then 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.  Bring 1/2 cup oil to frying to med/high heat for frying.  Form potatoes and cabbage into patties, flip on both sides into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.  Add to oil in the pan frying on each side for 2-3 minutes.  Crispy!!  Remove and add to a plate with a paper towel.

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The Chef on the show served the patties with poached eggs, ham steaks and Hollandaise Sauce, the sauce is what sold me on making this for sure.  Eggs Benedict is what I order whenever I go out if it’s on the menu.  While I’ve tried to make the sauce many, many times at home with a 100% fail rate I quickly realized there was a better alternative.  The best part is it isn’t too buttery, cook the eggs I add or have a bitter lemon taste. Win!  That alternative is this—>

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Prepare the sauce as recommended on the package.  Then all that’s left to do is to cook the eggs which can be fried or poached.  Heat the ham steaks.  Prepare on a plate and drizzle with the sauce.  And here you are…..

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

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Bubble & Squeak
Crispy potato and cabbage patties served alongside poached eggs and ham. The final touch, Hollandaise Sauce. The perfect breakfast or 'brinner'.
Bubble & Squeak | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Servings
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Ingredients
Bubble & Squeak | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Clean, peel and chop potatoes then add to water. Boil for 20 minutes until tender then drain.
  2. Chop 1/2 the head of cabbage and onion into small pieces then soften with 1 Tbs butter in another pan.
  3. To the pot that the potatoes were cooked in add them back into the pan and then add the cabbage. Using a potato smasher smash them together.
  4. Once well combined set up the staging area for frying. Into 3 separate containers crack 2 eggs, 1/2 cup flour with salt and pepper to taste then 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
  5. Bring 1/2 cup oil to frying to med/high heat for frying.
  6. Form potatoes and cabbage into patties, flip on both sides into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.
  7. Add to oil in the pan frying on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Remove and add to a plate with a paper towel.
  9. Prepare the sauce as recommended on the package.
  10. Poach the eggs. Heat the ham steaks. Prepare on a plate and drizzle with the sauce. Enjoy!
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Fried Pork Chops

I have to say that pork is easily one of my favorite meats to cook and eat.   Crock pot, stove top, braised, baked, chops, roast…..so many ways to cook it! What’s not to love?  One way that I make it is a family favorite and that is by frying it.  Just a few ingredients and very little time will leave you in Hog Heaven with my Fried Pork Chops.

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When I’m feeling like ‘comfort food’ without the fuss this is the dish I make.  It’s quick and tasty.  The buttery cracker crust is crunchy and satisfying.  And it’s as simple as these steps:

  1. Take a sleeve of crackers and crush them.  If you are careful enough you can do this right in the plastic sleeve and not even dirty a dish or waste a plastic Ziploc bag.  Put on a plate.  Add seasonings.
  2. Beat 2 eggs.
  3. Heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in the bottom of a pan.  Set to medium/high heat.
  4. Place pork chop in egg, then crackers.
  5. Then add pork chop to oil and place a lid part-way over the pan.  I find that this cooks them more even.
  6. Cook for 5-6 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chops.  I always buy the ‘thin sliced’ package at my local grocery.  If you buy them too thick, they will not cook quick enough and you can risk burning the cracker coating.  Flip then cook 4-5 minutes more.

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The best thing about these Fried Pork Chops is that they go with so many different sides.  I made these with roasted potatoes and asparagus.  I also serve it with mashed potatoes and creamed corn (a great combo in itself).  Mix it up and enjoy!  Here you are….

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

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Fried Pork Chops
Buttery crackers make for the perfect crust on these Fried Pork Chops. Comfort food without the fuss.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Servings
chops
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Servings
chops
Ingredients
Fried Pork Chop | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take a sleeve of crackers and crush them. If you are careful enough you can do this right in the plastic sleeve and not even dirty a dish or waste a plastic Ziploc bag. Put on a plate. Add seasonings.
  2. Beat 2 eggs.
  3. Heat 1/4 cup of vegetable oil in the bottom of a pan. Set to medium/high heat.
  4. Place pork chop in egg, then crackers.
  5. Then add pork chop to oil and place a lid part-way over the pan. I find that this cooks them more even.
  6. Cook for 5-6 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chops.
  7. Flip then cook 4-5 minutes more. Make sure no longer pink in the center. Enjoy!
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Under the Troll Bridge Pasties

In an effort to include a little more Michigan into the blog I decided to search out some authentic ‘Michigan’ loved food.  I came across a great article from Only In Your State called 10 Iconic Foods Made in Michigan and #3 on this list was the pasty.  So like when I wanted to make the Michigan Hot Dog (which isn’t even from Michigan!) I put in the work and set off to finding out how to make one.

When looking around to get a basic idea of how to make these I found the blog Foodie with Family and her recipe for Yooper Pasties.  In the post she defined residents of the Lower Peninsula as ‘Trolls’.  I also found out that while pasties are generally served plain or with ketchup ‘Trolls’ usually prefer them with gravy.  So what better name to call these than ‘Under the Troll Bridge Pasties’.

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For tonight’s Mitten Movie Night we are drinking Arcadia Ale’s Hopmouth.  Arcadia is one of the first breweries we visited-seems like a long time ago but really less than 5 years ago.  Since then so many great breweries, delicious meals and of course awesome beer.  I really don’t have anything on deck to watch since we are in the middle of about 3 series: Sneaky Pete (Giovanni Ribisi is awesome in this), Santa Clarita Diet (who doesn’t love Drew Barrymore?) and Bates Motel (c-r-e-e-p-y) so we might just binge watch one of those to finish up the seasons we’re in the middle of.  Now on to the food!

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For this I used the same pastry dough that I made my Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies with but doubled the recipe and substituted garlic powder for the sugar.  It ended up being so flaky and buttery I almost had to pat myself on the back for this creation.  Add all the ingredients into a mixer and let it come together in a ball.  Place the ball onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured and put into the refrigerate for 1 hour.

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There was not a one rutabaga to be found at my local grocery store so I substituted a turnip. Felt I was okay since the recipes that I looked at had meat, potatoes and root vegetables. Forgive me if I am playing fast and loose with the rule of the pasty, please know I had good intentions. While the dough is chilling clean, peel and chop all your veggies.  Sautee them in 1 Tbs butter to soften them then put them into a bowl. Cook and drain the beef then add it to the vegetables.  Add salt and pepper to taste then let the vegetables and beef cool.  As I found out the hard way, if it’s too hot it will make the dough too sticky to work with once you start assembling the pasties.

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A serious shout out to Checkered Chef for the awesome stainless steel rolling pin, I love it!

Roll and cut the dough out into large circles.  I used a cereal bowl and it worked out great to make 6 pasties.  Add filling to one side then sprinkle with shredded cheese.  After stuffing these full pinch the dough to crimp the edges so the filling doesn’t fall out.  Beat an egg and brush over the top of pasty.  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.  Prepare the gravy if your a troll like me and here you are…..

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

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Under the Troll Bridge Pasties
Flaky crust filled with beef, potatoes, onions, carrots and turnips. Serve them 'troll' style with savory beef gravy. Perfect dinner for the cold Midwest winter.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
pasties
Ingredients
Pasty Dough
Pasty Filling
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
pasties
Ingredients
Pasty Dough
Pasty Filling
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Instructions
Pasty Dough
  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixer and let it come together in a ball. Place the ball then onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured and put into the refrigerate for 1 hour.
Pasty Filling
  1. While the dough is chilling clean, peel and chop all your veggies.
  2. Sautee them in 1 Tbs butter to soften them then put them into a bowl.
  3. Cook and drain the beef then add it to the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste then let the vegetables and beef cool.
  4. Roll and cut the dough out into large circles.
  5. Add filling to one side then sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  6. After stuffing these full pinch the dough to crimp the edges.
  7. Beat an egg and brush over the top of pasty. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.
  8. Prepare gravy mix to package directions. Serve on the side. Enjoy!
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Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

It’s the first Mitten Movie Night of 2017!  Woot, woot.  How is yours going to far?  Tonight I’ve got a great meatball recipe for you to start the year off right.  Ground turkey meatballs glazed with a thick sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar sauce.

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The movie we’re watching is Bridget Jones’s Baby.  I love this series of movies and just recently re-watched the others because I knew this was coming. For dinner with this turkey meatball recipe we are drinking Melonfest Cantaloupe Wheat from Roak Brewing.  My husband picked this beer up and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure I would like it.  I love cantaloupe but wasn’t sure how it was going to work in a beer.  I was pleasantly surprised! Light and not overly fruity makes for a very drinkable beer that’s perfectly paired with the tang of the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce in the glaze on these meatballs.

To say that I like meatballs is an understatement.  I LOVE them.  They are easy, very versatile and can come in many different combinations.  You can serve them on noodles, potatoes, as an appetizer.  In fact one of the very first recipe I made for the blog was Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles, a recipe I’ve been making for a long time.  I even celebrated National Meatball Day last year! Ok enough about one of my favorite foods, let’s get cooking!  With less than 10 ingredients, one pan and less than 15 minutes this is a meal you can make any night of the week.

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First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg and breadcrumbs to a bowl.  Mix all ingredients together and form into ball.  Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat.  Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.

While the meatballs are cooking chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.  To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic.  Let soften for 2-3 minutes.  Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute.  Return the meatballs back to the pan.  Easy as that.

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To perch these little meatballs on I made some red skinned mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels spouts & carrots for the side.  If you would prefer to serve these with noodles double the sauce recipe so it can cover everything evenly.  And here you are….

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

Balsamic Vinegar Glaze adapted from Shugary Sweets

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Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Turkey meatballs that cook within 12 minutes are then glazed with a sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar glaze. Serve on top of creamy red skin mashed potatoes for a cozy weeknight meal.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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servings
Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
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Instructions
Turkey Meatballs
  1. First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg and breadcrumbs to a bowl. Mix all ingredients together and form into ball.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat. Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  1. Chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.
  2. To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic. Let soften for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Return the meatballs back to the pan.
  4. Serve on top of mashed potatoes or noodles. Enjoy!
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Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies

Flaky crust packed with sweet strawberry preserves and Simply Sesame.  Make up a batch for the busy school week. My son ate these every morning and then again as a snack after school!  Who doesn’t love a portable meal that is a hit with the kids?

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These hand pies are so easy to make and use just a few ingredients.  And let me tell you what made these even easier….my new mixer that I got for Christmas! It’s so beautiful.  Since getting it I’ve done some serious baking.  Enough of the admiration let’s get baking.

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Starting with the dough add the ingredients to a mixer.  Or you can mix this by hand as well~before I got my mixer I had no problem whipping up crust for my favorite homemade pizzas.  Check out my directions for a thicker crust on my White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce.  A thinner crust for this Pepper Steak Pizza. Or a the crust for a classic favorite, Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.  Either way, this crust turns out perfectly! I’m even using this same recipe to make a special treat soon for Mitten Movie Night.  When the dough has been mixed roll into a ball then onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured.  Put the dough into the refrigerate for 1 hour.

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Once chilled it’s time to roll it out and cut into circles.  See my fancy cutter!  This was enough dough for 12 pies.  Take a spoonful of the strawberry preserves and place on one side of the dough then on top of that add the Simply Sesame (*note: Simply Sesame needs to be well stirred to make sure it’s not too runny).

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Preheat the over to 375 degrees then line a pan with parchment paper.  Fold the top of the dough over then crimp the edges with a fork.  Some filling may eek out when baking that is why it’s crucial to use the parchment so you can have easy clean up.

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Bake for 20 minutes.  Before the last 10 minutes is up melt a tablespoon of butter, take the pies out then brush the tops.  Put back into the over to finish.  When done please be aware not to take a giant bite right away since the filling can be H-O-T!  And here you are….

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

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Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies
Flaky crust packed with sweet strawberry preserves and Simply Sesame. A portable meal that is a hit with the kids.
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Pie Dough
Filling
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Pie Dough
Filling
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Instructions
Pie Dough
  1. Add all the dough ingredients to a mixer. Once the dough has been mixed roll into a ball then onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured. Put the dough into the refrigerate for 1 hour.
Filling
  1. Once chilled it's time to roll it out and cut into circles.
  2. Take a spoonful of the strawberry preserves and place on one side of the dough. On top of that add the Simply Sesame (*note: Simply Sesame needs to be well stirred to make sure it's not too runny) .
  3. Preheat the over to 375 degrees then line a pan with parchment paper.
  4. Fold the top of the dough over then crimp the edges with a fork.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Before the last 10 minutes is up melt a tablespoon of butter, take the pies out then brush the tops. Put back into the over to finish.
  7. Let them cool slightly. Enjoy!
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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

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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!
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
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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.

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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

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

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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.
Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
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servings
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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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

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

Thin Crust adapted from How Sweet It Is

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Pepper Steak Pizza
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.
Pepper Steak Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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.

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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. Since 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

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

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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.
Jerk Chicken Sandwiches | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
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sandwiches
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Jerk Chicken
'Jerk' Seasoning
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Servings
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!

This recipe has been updated with photos & recipe.

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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
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Porcupine Meatballs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
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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