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.

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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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Wing Sauce Sliders

I’ll be upfront right now. And this may make me unpopular but for a long time I couldn’t even smell Buffalo Wing Sauce. In fact it’s been over a decade that even looking at the sauce would give me chills. Flash back 2003….my husband had just won Virginia’s Strongest Man. We actually had friends in the area so we went out and celebrated afterwards at a local wing place. Well, let’s just say that I ‘Celebrated’ a little too much **insert you shaking your head here because most of us have ‘been there’**.

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So, there’s that. But I can FINALLY say that after my pregnancy with my youngest my taste buds must have been awakened because I craved spicy stuff constantly and have been on the Wing Sauce bandwagon ever since. I’m like ‘Let’s put it on everything!’ Just like I do with these Wing Sauce Sliders.

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Not only have my tastes changed over the years but my entertainment habits have too.  Now instead of going out and getting crazy I much prefer staying at home and spending Mitten Movie Nights  making a great meal and pairing it with some great beer while watching some great entertainment.  Ok, now on to the food!

First you will prepare your chicken. Cut the pieces down to size for as many sliders as you are expecting to prepare. After cutting them into as many pieces as you have buns (I had 12) pound them out with a mallet to thin them out. This helps to tenderize them and you don’t have to cook them as long so they turn out a little juicer.

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Add vegetable oil to the pan. I usually use about 1/2 cup. Bring oil to a temperature that will ‘fry’ the chicken breasts. You can test by adding a little of the dredging mixture and see if it sizzles. While that is heating up put 1/2 cup flour onto a plate. Dredge the chicken so it is coated on all sides of the chicken. Test to see if oil is hot enough. If it is add chicken to pan.  Cook first side around 6-8 minutes–DO NOT TOUCH IT once it’s in the oil. I’m telling you, you want the crunchy part of this chicken to stay intact because it’s delicious and you will ruin it if you mess with it. Ok, rant over :’) Flip over (again, only 1 time) and cook another 6-8 minutes. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towel.

While your chicken is cooking make up the sauces to go with these. First off let’s start with the Garlic Parmesan Sauce.  Mix all the ingredients together in a covered bowl. Once the chicken is cooked take the amount of you want to have the Garlic Parmesan sauce on it and add to bowl with the combined sauce. Cover & shake. Go ahead and get your arm workout for the day.

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For the Buffalo Wing sliders just take some Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce and add it to a covered bowl. Just like with the Garlic Parmesan sauce shake the daylights out of it until the sauce covers all parts of the chicken.

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The topper for these sliders is a Blue Cheese Sauce that is a perfect combination with the bite of the cheese, creaminess and then the crunch of the celery.  The perfect topping!

Wing Sauce Sliders | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Put chicken onto your slider buns. Viola!  Take your sauce & slather it all over the top of your sliders. Add tomato and lettuce so you get your veggies. 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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Originally published May, 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

Garlic Parmesan Sauce adapted from Raining Hot Coupons

Blue Cheese Dressing adapted from Domestic Superhero

 

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Wing Sauce Sliders
Crunchy chicken on soft slider buns slathered in Wing Sauce then topped with Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce.
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Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
Course Main Dish
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Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
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Instructions
Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
  1. Add vegetable oil to the pan. Bring oil to a temperature that will 'fry' the chicken breasts.
  2. Dredge the chicken in flour so it is coated on all sides of the chicken. Test to see if oil is hot enough. If it is add chicken to pan.
  3. Cook 6-8 minutes each side. Only turning once.
  4. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towel.
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a covered bowl.
  2. Add cooked chicken to covered bowl. Cover & shake.
Buffalo Wing Sauce
  1. Add sauce and cooked chicken to covered bowl. Cover & shake.
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
  1. Chop your celery and mix with all other ingredients together.
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Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes

Can you believe it’s already been 2 months since Super Bowl?  Geesh!  This recipe is an inspiration from a dip that I made for it.  Quick Tomato Jalapeno Popper Dip from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen. Earlier that day I was browsing through Pinterest and found this recipe then made a special trip to the store just so I could make it.  Worth it! It was just the special treat I was looking for.

While I ate and ate…..and ate on it (I couldn’t stop myself!) I thought about how great this would taste if I used it for the filling in my Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll Ups.  Touchdown! I had a winner.  Pair it with some potatoes sprinkled with my favorite Cajun seasoning and we have a dinner, Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes.

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For this Mitten Movie Night we are drinking some Rapunzel from Arcadia Ales and watching Office Christmas Party.  I know we are way off on seasons here but we don’t judge!  I really love Arcadia Ales and recently paired my Under The Troll Bridge Pasties with their Hopmouth.  That was a great meal and so is this one.  The fruit and hop combo cannot be beat with the spiciness of this dish.

The chicken and potatoes can be made in two dishes but cooked together to save the guess work.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Starting with chopping the potatoes and onions into bite sized cubes.  Drizzle with oil and Cajun seasoning then stir to combine and add to a small greased baking dish.

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Thank you again to the Checkered Chef for letting me try out their awesome products!

For the chicken stuffing combine the jalapenos, chilies, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cheese, softened cream cheese and sour cream then stir to combine.  Slice each chicken breast horizontally to make 2 equally sized pieces-will make 8 in total.  Take a tenderizer with the flat side and pound out the chicken until it’s about 1/2 inch thick.  Spread filing on the middle of the chicken then roll.  Roll into the chicken coating then place in greased baking dish.

Put both dishes into the preheated over and cook for 45 minutes.  Plate, crack open a beer 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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Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes
Chicken is filled with creamy and spicy jalapeno, green chilies and cream cheese then baked. Comes out of the oven crispy and full of popper perfection.
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Course Main Dish
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Cajun Potatoes
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Course Main Dish
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Cajun Potatoes
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. First cut each breast through the center creating two separate but equal pieces. Starting with chopping the potatoes and onions into bite sized cubes.
  3. Drizzle with oil and Cajun seasoning then stir to combine and add to a small greased baking dish.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
  1. Combine the jalapenos, chilies, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cheese, softened cream cheese and sour cream then stir to combine.
  2. Slice each chicken breast horizontally to make 2 equally sized pieces-will make 8 in total.
  3. Take a tenderizer with the flat side and pound out the chicken until it's about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Spread filing on the middle of the chicken then roll. Roll into the chicken coating then place in greased baking dish.
  5. Put both dishes into the preheated over and cook for 45 minutes. 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
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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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St. Louis Ravioli #SundaySupper

Party season is in full swing! That means you might be looking for a quick and easy holiday appetizers so you can spend more time mingling than in the kitchen.  These toasted St. Louis Ravioli are the perfect holiday appetizer.  Cheese ravioli is dipped in egg, covered in a flour mixture then fried until golden brown.  One creamy and crunchy bite will have guests asking for seconds.

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I have been making this ravioli for years.  When we have a party at our house I always make this because it’s easy and simple.  While it’s made to be hot it really tastes just as good when it’s cold.  On the rare occasion that we do have leftovers I have found myself in front of the fridge late night snacking on the cold crunchy goodness dipping it into the equally cold spaghetti sauce.  Come on….if your thinking I’m weird I know that you can think of people (or even yourself) that love cold pizza. Same difference?!?! Ok maybe not but either way it’s great for a crowd or late night binge snacking while watching 30 Rock after your guests leave.

If your looking for a fun theme for your soiree check out how my guide
to throwing the Perfect Craft Beer Holiday Party!

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It’s as simple as just a few easy steps as you can see above. First take the bag of ravioli and cook it according to package directions. Drain and that is done.  Mix together the flour, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder on a plate or in a shallow pan.  Beat 2 eggs.  Add to a frying pan enough oil to cover the bottom generously-I used about 1/4 cups.  Heat the oil over medium/high heat for 1-2 minutes.  The oil can be checked if it’s ready for frying by lightly flicking a dash of flour into the pan-if it sizzles it’s ready.  Dip ravioli into the eggs then the flour then add to the oil.  Toast 2 minutes each side until it’s golden brown then remove and place onto a towel with a paper towel to drain.

These raviolis will be worked in batches.  When about half of them are cooked the pan may need to be turned off and the oil discarded (please use caution and empty oil into a proper container) then add new oil since burnt flour bits get into the bottom of the pan during the frying process.  After all the raviolis are cooked heat up a jar of spaghetti sauce for dipping.  And here you are…..

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

Thank you Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking for hosting this week!  If your hosting this year make sure to check out all these Holiday Party Recipes below:

Appetizers

Beverages

Desserts

Finger Foods

Mains

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St. Louis Ravioli
Cheese ravioli is dipped in egg, covered in a flour mixture then fried until golden brown. One creamy and crunchy bite will have guests asking for seconds.
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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!

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!
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
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Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
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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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Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Well, the Holiday Season is upon us.  Whether I have to drag you kicking and screaming and inject you with season cheer.  Or if you’ve had your finger on the Christmas tree lights while wearing your reindeer antlers. It’s here.  Alas!  Now me, I’m a holiday person.  Pumpkin pie, dress the turkey, trim the tree, hang the stockings. Yes to all of it! But once the holiday is over-I’m over it.  The next day: Tree-gone! Lights on the house-gone! Let’s not dwell and start thinking about the new year.  But while it is here, I really do enjoy every moment of it.  So this year one of the ways we’re going to enjoy it is by having some friends over for a Craft Beer Tasting Party!

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Santa likes craft beer as much as I do! Or I inadvertently placed that there.

Usually when we have a party it’s BYOB and a dish to pass.  Which is great as the host I only have to come up with one dish and also get to try all the great food that our friends make.  This year I’m making Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip.  It’s a dish that I see on almost every brew pub menu so it’s a great appetizer for this party.  Let’s get cooking. Or stirring, because it’s that simple. Cook the spinach to package directions and make sure it’s strained.  Mix all other ingredients together up until the shredded cheese.  Split half into the mixture.  Put dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted. Like I said, party perfect!

Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke DipFor the ultimate craft beer party a tasting set is key.  It gives guests a unique way to experience craft beer.  Each glass contains a tasting marker for what beer goes best with what glass.  These also make spectacular Christmas gifts for the Craft Beer Lover in your life.

Since we are having a craft beer party I thought I would throw out the usual BYOB for this party and call it the ‘Sixer Mixer’. Bring a six pack of beer for all to share.  Some like IPA’s, some like Hefeweizen.  Some like Pilsners, some like Stouts.  Beer has a unique talent of finding just the right one for you.  Plus this beer sharing goes perfectly with the fun game that we’re playing, Brew Haha!  Can you get creative enough to beat your friends?

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And finally what is a party without music?  Hook up the Friday Afternoon Speaker and crank up the jams.  Crack your beer open, tip it over then put the phone in the now available ‘holder’.  I highly suggest queuing up some Yelawolf.  He is backed up by a Michigan native, maybe you’ve heard of him, Eminem!  If you have someone on your gift list that loves music and beer, this would make a great gift.

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

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Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Creamy party dip loaded with spinach, zesty artichoke hearts and crunchy water chestnuts. Baked to bubbly perfection. Serve at your next party!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer
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servings
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients through the shredded Italian cheese. Please 1/2 into the dip.
  2. Place dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve with crackers, bread, or pita crisps. Just don't double dip! 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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Cream of Chicken Bake

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cream of Chicken Bake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Cream of Chicken Bake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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

Tonight for Mitten Movie Night were getting spicy.  Crunchy tostadas get the 4 B’s treatment: beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce then cooling it down a little with some creamy ranch dressing.  A bold combination packed with tons of flavor.

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For the movie we are watching The Nice Guys. Ryan Gosling?  Yes please! With dinner and the movie we’re having Sam Adam’s Octoberfest.  Now you might be asking yourself how on earth I think that these two go well together.  When researching what pairs well with Octoberfest I came across a great article from Serious Eats Beer Pairings: What to Eat with Oktoberfest BeersIt says that going ‘South of the Border’ is totally acceptable. Since this is a recipe I’ve had on my mind for awhile and we got a great deal on the beer at our beloved Costco I ran with it.  Now let’s get started by gathering your ingredients….

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On the stove add ground beef, garlic powder, chili powder, seasoning salt and cumin.  Cook beef all the way through.  Add your refried beans to a microwave safe dish and heat for 3 minutes to warm them up.  Once your beef and beans are cooked it’s time to make the tostadas.  In a small pan add oil for frying.  Heat the oil up for 2-3 minutes.  When oil is heated use tongs to add tortillas into the pan.  Fry one tortilla at a time for 2 minutes each side. Set up a plate with paper towels next to the pan to put the tostadas on once they are cook.

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

When the tortillas are all cooked it’s as simple as setting up an assembly line.  Take the crispy (oh so good!) tostadas top with beans, seasoned beef, blue cheese and then drizzle with buffalo sauce and ranch to cool it off just a touch.

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Serve with tomatoes, green olives, lettuce, sour cream and a rice dish on the side.  And here you are…..

Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Four B's Tostadas
Crunchy tostadas get the 4 B's treatment: beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce then cooling it down a little with some creamy ranch dressing. A bold combination packed with tons of flavor.
Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Four B's Tostadas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. On the stove add ground beef, garlic powder, chili powder, seasoning salt and cumin. Cook beef all the way through.
  2. Add your refried beans to a microwave safe dish and heat for 3 minutes to warm them up.
  3. In a small pan add oil for frying. Heat the oil up for 2-3 minutes. When oil is heated use tongs to add tortillas into the pan. Fry one tortilla at a time for 2 minutes each side. Set up a plate with paper towels next to the pan to put the tostadas on once they are cook.
  4. Assemble the tostadas with beans, seasoned beef, blue cheese and then drizzle with buffalo sauce and ranch.
  5. Serve with tomatoes, green olives, lettuce, sour cream and a rice dish on the side
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