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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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….

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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
Cuisine Soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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.

Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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!

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.

Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
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sandwich
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Servings
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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’.

Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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!

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 then onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured and put into the refrigerate for 1 hour.

Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Since there was not a one rutabaga to be found at my local grocery store 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.

Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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?

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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).

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!

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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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Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake #SundaySupper

We are expecting our first substantial snow fall here today in Southwestern Michigan.  How exciting!  I feel like the holiday can finally get under way.  I’ve strung the lights up outside, put up the tree, hit the Amazon Cyber Monday deals.  We are way ahead of schedule this year and only have a few presents left to get so that means in not too long I have to do one task that I don’t particular like about Christmas-wrapping presents.  I’ll be honest, I suck at it! However one tradition that I have kind of makes it easy to get through, I enjoy a big glass of eggnog while doing it.  That creamy concoction mixed with a little spiced rum….yummy!  Makes the fact that I cannot make even a shirt box look presentable a little less stinging. But I’ve never had ‘nog any other way….so I decided to try something different.

Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

In order to let everyone this holiday season enjoy eggnog I decided to use it in a method that is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to cook ~ no bake cheesecake.  A no bake cheesecake can be changed up to suite the needs of any occasion.  Have a picnic? Make my Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake.  Need a quick dessert for a football cookout?  Whip up a Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake.  Easy, fast, versatile and more importantly~delicious!  This Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake with Ginger Snap Crust is a winner for the holidays.  And did you see that I said ‘easy’?  Check out the video showing how quickly it comes together.

Dessert is made.  So now you can get back to wrapping all those presents.  I hope you are better at it than I am! And here you are……Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Thank you Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure for hosting this holiday recipe roundup for everyone who loves eggnog!  Get 20+ more recipes here…..

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Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake
Creamy caramel and eggnog cheesecake filling covers a crunchy ginger snap cookie crust. Drizzle with more caramel and top with candied walnuts for a perfect no bake holiday treat.
Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Candied Walnuts
Eggnog Filling
Ginger Snap crust
Carmel Bottom & Drizzle
  • 11 ounces caramels reserve 10 in seperate dish for dirzzle
  • 3 Tbs milk 2 for caramel bottom then 1 for drizzle
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Candied Walnuts
Eggnog Filling
Ginger Snap crust
Carmel Bottom & Drizzle
  • 11 ounces caramels reserve 10 in seperate dish for dirzzle
  • 3 Tbs milk 2 for caramel bottom then 1 for drizzle
Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. For the candied walnuts cook butter, brown sugar and walnuts for 1-2 minutes on stove top medium/high heat. Set to the side to cool.
  2. Crush cookies then add to a greased pie pan. Mix with sugar and butter. Press down to form to pan.
  3. Melt larger bowl of caramels with 2 Tbs milk for around 35-45 seconds. Pour into crust.
  4. Mix Jell-o, eggnog, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg together with electric mixer until combined. Pour over caramel and ginger snap crust.
  5. Melt the reserved caramels and milk for 25-35 seconds in microwave. Drizzle over the top of the pie. Add candied walnuts.
  6. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Cut into 8 pieces. 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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Double Batch Smashed Beans

I call this ‘Double Batch’ for two reasons.  The first, I’m taking two beans made in two separate ways and smashing them together.  The second, I like quirky names.  So therefore Double Batch Smashed Beans it is!  A delicious side dish for your burrito and taco nights.

Doubel Batch Smashed Beans from Bottom Left of the Mitten

The steps for this are ridiculously easy.  So instead of just opening a plain old can of refried beans and stopping there why not just go a few steps further?  Might as well, right?  Melt 1 Tbs butter.  Sautee 1/2 the onions, 1/2 the tomatoes and the garlic.  Add both cans of beans to the pan.   Smash with a potato smasher to combine.  Bonus if you have any angst on the day these are prepared you can take it out on the beans.  Smash it, smash it good!

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Cook for around 10 minutes stirring every few minutes until completely heated through. Place in an oven proof dish.  Sprinkle with cheese then place in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Sprinkle the top to with tomatoes and green onions.  Now you have a lovely side dish that was so easy to make.  Maybe pair it with my Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas or Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles.  And here you are….

Doubel Batch Smashed Beans from Bottom Left of the MItten

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

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Two types of beans, chili & refried, are smashed together then topped with melted cheese. A new type of side dish for your burrito and taco nights.
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Cuisine Mexican
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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servings
Ingredients
Double Batch Bean Smash | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Melt 1 Tbs butter. Sautee 1/2 the onions, 1/2 the tomatoes and the garlic.
  2. Add both cans of beans to the pan.
  3. Smash with a potato smasher to combine.
  4. Cook for around 10 minutes stirring every few minutes until completely heated through.
  5. Place in an oven proof dish. Sprinkle with cheese then place in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Top with reserved onions and tomatoes. Enjoy!
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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.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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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