Butterscotch Banana Bread

Have some overripe bananas on your counter?  Don’t know what to do with them?  How about making a classic loaf of banana bread with a butterscotch twist?  When the bread bakes the butterscotch chips make little pockets full of flavor throughout.

Butterscotch Banana Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten

If you follow my blog you will know that I’m not a big baker.  I’m getting better but I still prefer a quick no bake dessert over breaking out the cake pans.  However this bread is so easy and comes out of the oven so perfect that I find myself making it over and over again.  The inside ends up being soft and moist and the outside gets a slightly crunchy crust.  This combination has me making this treat at least every other week.

Since I started making this banana bread recipe I’ve realized there is no better smell than something like bread baking in the oven.  Sweet and buttery almost.  Reminds me of growing up and my mom making big bowls and loaf after loaf of zucchini bread.  While I can’t get my boys to touch the stuff they do love banana bread.  They might eat it at night or even in the morning for breakfast with strawberries.  Now on to the recipe.

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You cannot go wrong with this simple recipe.  With a fork mush the overripe bananas.  In separate bowl melt the butter and whisk the egg.  Add to the bananas.  Now mix in the remaining ingredients: sugar, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour then stir to combine.  Finally add the butterscotch chips.  Grease one loaf pan with butter or oil then add the batter.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Sniff the air over and over again while it bakes.  Serve warm with lots of butter.  And here you are……

Butterscotch Banana Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Recipe adapted from I Wash You Dry

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Butterscotch Banana Bread
Don't let overripe bananas go to waste make this banana bread. Moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside then loaded with butterscotch in every bite.
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Butterscotch Banana Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. With a fork mush the overripe bananas.
  2. In separate bowl melt the butter and whisk the egg. Add to the bananas.
  3. Now mix in the remaining ingredients: sugar, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour then stir to combine.
  4. Finally add the butterscotch chips.
  5. Grease one loaf pan with butter or oil then add the batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve warm with lots of butter. Enjoy!
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Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake #SundaySupper

Who is ready for 4th of July? ** Raises hand, Me! Me! Me!**  Anyone else?  I mean what is not to love?  Cookouts, fireworks, ice cold beer, fireworks, parades and more fireworks and best of all cookout food!  This year I decided to try something different with my no bake cheesecake and ended up very happy with the results.  My Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake will be making the cookout rounds this year.

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Every year for the 4th of July growing up we would have big parties at my grandparents house.  Their home was on the main street of a small town and the parade went right by.  Afterwards we would have a cookout.  So much fun and so many great memories.

This year we plan on spending most of the time by the pool at our new home.  Kicking back and relaxing and spending time with the family is what it is all about, am I right? So now on to the dessert!

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To get the ‘blue’  obviously I decided to use blueberries.  Clean and wash 2 cups of them then add to a pot with sugar, water and cornstarch.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and let reduce and cook the berries down for 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let cool completely.

Once the blueberries have cooled it’s time to make the rest of the cheesecake.  Prepare the crust using the graham cracker mix, sugar and melted butter.  Put crust into a greased pie plate making sure to get the crust up onto the sides of the plate as well.  Mix the cheesecake filling and milk together with an electric mixer for 2-4 minutes.

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Take half of the cheesecake filling and mix with the cooled blueberry sauce.  Place the blueberry layer on the crust.  Add the rest of the filling on top of the blueberry layer.  Now put the pie into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  Before serving add the cherry topping after refrigerating.  Slice and serve…and here you are…..

Red White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Blueberry Sauce adapted from Farm Girl Gabs.

As always thank you to our Sunday Supper host! Check out these other recipes your 4th of July crowd will be sure to love.

Red, White, and Blue Sunday Supper Recipes

Patriotic Picnic Picks

Liberating Desserts

More recipes: Red White and Blue Recipes That will Make You Want to Party Right Now

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Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake
Blueberry sauce is combined with cheesecake mix then layered into a graham cracker crust. Top with more cheesecake filling then top with cherries. A perfect dessert for any summer get together.
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Instructions
  1. Clean and wash 2 cups of them then add to a pot with sugar, water and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium heat and let reduce and cook the berries down for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  2. Prepare the crust using the graham cracker mix, sugar and melted butter. Put crust into a greased pie plate making sure to get the crust up onto the sides of the plate as well.
  3. Mix the cheesecake filling and milk together with an electric mixer for 2-4 minutes.
  4. Take half of the cheesecake filling and mix with the cooled blueberry sauce. Place the blueberry layer on the crust.
  5. Now add the rest of the filling on top of that.
  6. Put the pie into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  7. Before serving add the cherry topping after refrigerating. Slice and serve. Enjoy!
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Cheesy Cauliflower #SundaySupper

Looking for a simple side dish that your kids will love?  Have a picky eater that thinks veggies are evil?  Try my Cheesy Cauliflower that is a proven winner with my kids and I’m sure yours will love this side dish too.

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My two boys couldn’t be more different nutrition wise.  If you set a bowl of fruit and a cookie in from of my 10 year old he would always choose the fruit.  He likes to generally eat healthy and only complains when I serve green beans or Brussels sprouts.

My 3 year old on the other hand could sniff out a sugar laden treat from 10 miles away.  Most days it’s a struggle to get a banana down him for breakfast, unless I make my Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas, but even then it’s a struggle.  So I make small concessions and try my very best to make good things as appealing as possible.  And this dish is a hit with both my boys.

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Start by chopping the core off the cauliflower and chop into similar sizes.  Add to a pot of water and set to boil for 15 minutes.  The base for the sauce is just a basic white one.  Remove the cooked cauliflower from the pot and drain the water.  To that pot add the butter and cook over medium heat to melt.  Once melted whisk the flour 1 Tablespoon at a time and stir to combine.  Now add the milk and continue to whisk until it starts thickening.  It’s time to add the spices.

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Four simple ingredients: salt, pepper, garlic powder then Parmesan.  I love the powder kind and use it constantly.  Now the fifth spice is really what makes this dish a stand out~nutmeg.  A few years back I was watching The Rachel Ray Show and she recommended adding nutmeg to cheese sauces.  Ever since then that is what I’ve done.  Who am I to question Rachel Ray!

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Once you’ve added the spices and Parmesan whisk to combine then add 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir until melted and combined completely.  Add the cauliflower back into the pot and stir the sauce and cauliflower so that it covers every piece.  Cheesy……so good!  Put the cauliflower into a greased oven proof bowl then sprinkle with the reminding 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.  Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes.  This is the perfect kid friendly recipe to add to any dish.  And here you are……

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

As always thank you to our Sunday Supper host this week, Anne from Simple and Savory.  If you want more vegetable recipes to make kids happy check out all these other recipes from Sunday Supper bloggers.

Sunday Supper Kid Friendly Vegetable Recipes

Breakfast

Dinners

Sides

Snacks

For even more kid friendly vegetables check out these Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters by The Sunday Supper Movement

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Cheesy Cauliflower
Tender cauliflower is combined with a light cheese sauce. A veggie side dish that is kid approved.
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Instructions
  1. Start by chopping the core off the cauliflower and chop into similar sizes. Add to a pot of water and set to boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the cooked cauliflower from the pot and drain the water. To that pot add the butter and cook over medium heat to melt. Once melted whisk the flour 1 Tablespoon at a time and stir to combine. Now add the milk and continue to whisk until it starts thickening.
  3. Now add salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg then Parmesan.
  4. Once you've added the spices and Parmesan whisk to combine then add 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir until melted and combined completely.
  5. Add the cauliflower back into the pot and stir the sauce and cauliflower so that it covers every piece.
  6. Put the cauliflower into a greased oven proof bowl then sprinkle with the reminding 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
  7. Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
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Cast Iron Onion Burgers

Did you know that May is National Burger Month?  One of my earliest memories involved a burger and a pretty funny story from my childhood.  My Dad loves to cook on the grill.  One day he made burgers and I did not like it so I fed it to…my dog.  Needless to say he was not happy. I should have felt bad but the dog looked so happy so I think I remember it being worth it.  As an adult though I am a HUGE burger lover.  This includes one that I make in my new favorite kitchen essential, the Cast Iron pan.  That’s why I call this the Cast Iron Onion Burger.

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This Mitten Movie Night is kicking off Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  With the burgers we’re drinking some Hoptronix from New Holland.  Do you agree that hops go with everything?  I think my husband would because they are his favorite types of beer.  Now on to the food.

Let’s start with the patties.  Take the ground hamburger and add Worcestershire Sauce, A1 Sauce, salt and pepper and mix.  Form into 4 burgers.  Shake the dry rub on top, this makes a nice little flavor crust when cooked in the cast iron skillet.

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Place the cast iron skillet on the stove top and heat on medium/high for 3-4 minutes to get it good and hot.  Add oil to the pan.  Place onions let sizzle for a few seconds then place burger on top.  To cook the burger as evenly as possible cover with a lid. I got my pan as a set through Walmart the Pioneer Woman collection and the top fit great.  Cook 8 minutes, that was the ‘sweet spot’ on medium heat.

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Now flip over the burger so the onions are on top.  Cook 6 minutes.  Add cheese then cover again and cook an additional 2-3 minutes to melt.  Check the center for desired coloring.  I like my burgers cooked all the way through so the times stated above are what I used.  Please Note: Check your pan and stove directions to make sure that you do not consume under cooked meat.  

For any burger or sandwich a toasted bun is a must!  Take the buns and smother in some butter and cook on a sheet pan for around 5 minutes.  Now it’s sauce time!  I just whipped together mayonnaise and horseradish sauce.  Top the toasted bun with the burger.  Smother as much as you like of the sauce on the bun.  And here you are…..

Cast Iron Onion Burgers | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Cast Iron Onion Burgers
Juicy beef patty is cooked atop a layer of onions in a cast iron skillet. Flip only once then add cheese and cook until gooey and melty. Finish with a tangy two ingredient horseradish sauce.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
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Cast Iron Onion Burgers | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take the ground hamburger and add Worcestershire Sauce, A1 Sauce, salt and pepper and mix. Form into 4 patties. Shake the dry rub on top.
  2. Place the cast iron skillet on the stove top and heat on medium/high for 3-4 minutes to get it good and hot.
  3. Add oil to the pan. Place onions let sizzle for a few seconds then place burger on top.
  4. To cook the burger as evenly as possible cover with a lid. Cook 8 minutes, that was the 'sweet spot' on medium heat.
  5. Flip over so the onions are on top. Cook 6 minutes. Add cheese then cover again and cook an additional 2-3 minutes to melt.
  6. Take the buns and smother in some butter and cook on a sheet pan for around 5 minutes.
  7. Whip together mayonnaise and horseradish sauce. Top the toasted bun with the burger. Smother as much as you like of the sauce on the bun. Enjoy!
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Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Pimento Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

Even though it’s Spring it’s still kind of on-again, off-again cold here in Michigan.  Yuck!  But this weekend it was SUPER nice out.  It rained toward the back end of the week but by Saturday it was nice enough that the kids could play outside and today is supposed to be even better.  So let’s start off  Mitten Movie Night with a meal combo that hits the spot no matter the weather, soup & grilled cheese.

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Mitten Movie Night was moved this week from Friday when it usually is to tonight.  We saved it because it’s a big TV night in our house.  It’s the The Walking Dead season finale.  Are you a fan?  What are your thought about tonight’s episode? Eeeeks! I found last season kind of bland but this season has certainly made up for it minus the first episode.  To go along with this gooey grilled cheese and yummy soup we are drinking some Guinness Golden Ale.  Now enough about zombies and on to the food!

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This soup is so easy!  The thing that I love most about vegetable soups is that you can mix them up and then make them creamy with a little thing called a ‘immersion blender’.  I recently used it to make an amazing Asparagus Soup for another Sunday Supper.  I was trying to recreate a favorite of mine and it turned out perfect!

This soup is just a 4 step process: 1) Chop up the vegetables.  2) Mix these together in 2 Tbs oil.  3) Place on a baking sheet then roast them in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.  4) Once they are roasted add to a large stockpot with minced garlic, puree, chicken/vegetable stock and sugar.  Set to low/medium heat while you make up the grilled cheese.

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For the grilled cheese you could use any kind of bread.  This sandwich is made with English Muffin Bread that Little A and I made.  He loves to help me in the kitchen so I am always looking for things to bake because it’s something that I would like to get better at as well. Mix the mayo, cheese and pimento in a bowl.  Slice and spread butter on the bread.  Add the pimento mixture in between bread then cook as with any good grilled cheese-3 minutes, flip, then 3 more minutes until the middle is completely melted.  This sandwich is a perfect for dipping.

After your grilled cheese is nice and toast-y and the soup is nice and roast-y your ready.  And here you are….

Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Pimento Grilled Cheese | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Thank you so much to this weeks host Rini from Healing Tomato.  What a perfect fit for this Sunday Supper! Check out all the other delicious tomato recipes below:

Sunday Supper Recipes Using Fresh Tomatoes

Chicken Recipes

Main Courses

Pizza, Pies, and Pastas

Side Dishes

Snacks

Soups and Salads

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Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Pimento Grilled Cheese
Tomatoes turn sweet when roasted with red peppers. Blended into a smooth soup. Don't forget a gooey grilled cheese with pimento to dip into it. A wonderful soup and sandwich combo for lunch or dinner.
Course Main Dish
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Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Pimento Grilled Cheese
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Pimento Grilled Cheese
Instructions
Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
  1. Chop up the vegetables: tomatoes, red pepper and onion.
  2. Mix these together in 2 Tbs oil.
  3. Place on a baking sheet then roast them in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
  4. Once they are roasted add to a large stockpot with minced garlic, tomato puree, chicken/vegetable stock and sugar. Set to low/medium heat.
Pimento Grilled Cheese
  1. Mix the mayo, cheese and pimento in a bowl. Slice and spread butter on the bread.
  2. Add the pimento mixture in between bread then cook as with any good grilled cheese-3 minutes, flip, then 3 more minutes until the middle is completely melted.
  3. Add soup to the bowl and plate the grilled cheese. Enjoy!
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Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich

This week has been a real whirlwind.  Or a real ‘whirl of wind’ in the words of my favorite TV character Liz Lemon.  The phrase ‘March comes in like a lion‘ could not have been more appropriate for what Southwestern Michigan went through.  Tornadoes and then snow in a 24 hours period.  I’ve lived here my whole life and tornadoes are so rare we’ve maybe had 3 that I can remember in my 40 yrs.  Thankfully there were no injuries and cleanup is under way.  Hopefully Mother Nature got this out of her system and we can continue to the ‘lamb’ portion of this season cycle.

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Tonight for for Mitten Movie Night  I personally am drinking some Bliss Wheat from Arbor Brewing Company.  Hubby picked this 6 pack up a few weeks ago from a great store in St. Joseph, MI called The Liquor Cabinet.  When looking to get lost in rows and rows of craft beer I suggest you go and take a visit if your in the area.  For entertainment we are watching ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil‘.  I was on the fence about seeing this in theaters choosing to wait for DVD.  If you are looking to hit theaters might I suggest checking out ‘Fist Fight‘, that movie was AWESOME!  Now on to the food!

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I call this the ‘deli counter’ sandwich since I get most of the ingredients from saying ‘Can I have a 1/4 pound of this..’ at the deli counter because like the beer being mine I am just making this sandwich for myself.  Mine, mine, mine!  The fellas in my house don’t have the affinity I do for a good sandwich.  No worries, more for me.

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This amount made for a big sandwich with lots of flavor. If your making one sandwich (like me) get 1/4 sliced turkey then order the smallest bowl of coleslaw (around 1/4 pound).  The deli at my local store has homemade rolls that are amazing so I hope you do too, grab one!  I use them to make my Portobello Mushroom Burger.  Right by the counter you can get small bricks of cheese, so pick one of those up too.  I used Hickory Farms Creamy Swiss Blend.

I was lucky enough to have the dressing so that was taken care of.  Take a baking sheet then cut the bun in half, apply butter and place face down.  Put 1/4 turkey on sheet with the bun then add shredded cheese on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  After all done assemble bun, turkey with the melted cheese, coleslaw and drizzle with dressing.  And here you are…..

Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich
Crispy bun with warm turkey and melted Swiss cheese. Topped with crunchy coleslaw then drizzled with sweet Catalina dressing. The perfect 'one person' sandwich.
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Cuisine Sandwich
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Instructions
  1. Take a baking sheet then cut the bun in half, apply butter and place face down. Put 1/4 turkey on sheet with the bun then add shredded cheese on top.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  3. After all done assemble bun, turkey with the melted cheese, coleslaw and drizzle with dressing. 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!

Under the Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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…..

Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.
Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
pasties
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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.

Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Turkey Meataballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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….

Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.
Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Turkey Meatballs
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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?

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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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.

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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).

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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….

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten #handpies #breakfast #snack
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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.
Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Pie Dough
Filling
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Pie Dough
Filling
Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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!

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

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!
Loaded Cheese Fries| Bottom Left of the Mitten
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
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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