Cajun Steak & Potato Salad

Hello first Mitten Movie Night of the Fall! I am kicking it off with a reboot of one of my first recipes on the blog.  The original – let’s just say the recipe is STILL phenomenal but my photos….they were not good.  So I’ve freshened them up so that you can see the beauty that is this salad.  Cajun Steak & Potato Salad to be exact.  This is a very basic salad but comes together with a creamy poppy seed dressing that makes everything meld together in pure perfection.

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When I first made this recipe Mitten Movie Night wasn’t even a plan for the blog.  The big idea came when I was thinking about my upcoming birthday and what I was going to make for dinner.  I wanted to recreate a Portobello Mushroom Burger recipe from a restaurant that I love when we go to Wisconsin Dells.  If I pulled it off I was going to put it on the blog.  Then I was thinking about what beer I wanted to drink.  And then what movie we would watch.  Light bulb moment…and with a little tweeking that is when Mitten Movie Night came to be.

Just a little over a year now we’ve been celebrating every Friday that I can.  Things have slowed down for the blog since moving into the new house and a busy Summer but now that we are settled in and the kids are finally back in school I’m hoping it can become a regular feature throughout the year.  Now on to this recipe that I’m pairing with Sierra Nevada Peach IPA.  Perfect compliment to the tangy & sweet poppy seed dressing.  We are watching It to brush up before going and seeing it in theaters this weekend. The best thing about this time of year is getting ready for scary movies and Halloween! Enough about that now on to the food.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start off with the potatoes.  20 minutes before your planning on starting the meal clean and slice the potatoes.  Add the slices into a bowl of salted cold water.  This gets the extra water out of the potatoes so that they can get good and crispy when they cook.  Drain the water from them then layer out onto a paper towel.  Completely dry both sides as much as you can.  Once they are as dry as possible sprinkle on both sides with Cajun seasoning.  Warm a skillet and add oil.  Let it come to medium/high heat then add potatoes.  Cook on each side 4 minutes depending on your pan and your heat.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

While the potatoes cook, chop your onion.  Once the potatoes are done remove them from the pan on to a separate plate. Now it’s time to add your onion & steak.  I got these sizzler steaks which are very thin and cook quickly.  They also slice up nice and thin and end up very tender.  I cooked these about 2 minutes per side.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

While the steak is cooking make your delicious, creamy Poppy Seed Dressing. Grab a small jar and add the mayo, sugar, milk, vinegar, poppy seeds and mustard.  Add top and shake it to combine all the ingredients.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once the steak has cooked take it and cut into thin slices.  Chop lettuce up lettuce and tomatoes.  Assemble the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, potatoes, steak and onion.  Either add dressing right on top of the salad or let everyone add their own.  And here you are……

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Poppy Seed Dressing Adapted from Moms Need to Know

This post was originally from May 2016-it has been updated with photos & text.

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Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Salads don't have to be boring! This spicy Cajun steak and potato salad with poppy seed dressing will have you eating your vegetables and asking for more.
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Salad
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Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Poppy Seed Dressing
Course Main Dish
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Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Poppy Seed Dressing
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Instructions
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
  1. Start off with the potatoes. 20 minutes before your planning on starting the meal clean and slice the potatoes. Add the slices into a bowl of salted cold water.
  2. Drain the water from the potatoes then layer out onto a paper towel. Completely dry both sides as much as you can. Once they are as dry as possible sprinkle on both sides with Cajun seasoning.
  3. Warm a skillet and add oil. Let it come to medium/high heat then add potatoes. Cook on each side 4 minutes depending on your pan and your heat.
  4. While the potatoes cook, chop your onion. Once the potatoes are done remove them from the pan on to a separate plate. Now it's time to add your onion & steak. Cook thin steaks about 2 minutes per side or longer depending on steak cut, size and desired temperature.
  5. Once the steak has cooked take it and cut into thin slices.
  6. Chop lettuce up lettuce and tomatoes. Assemble the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, potatoes, steak and onion. Enjoy!
Poppy Seed Dressing
  1. Grab a small jar and add the mayo, sugar, milk, vinegar, poppy seeds and mustard. Add top and shake it to combine all the ingredients.
  2. Pour over salad to serve or serve on the side.
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Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich #SundaySupper

Are you a breakfast eater?  I am not really.  I prefer to get up and have my coffee then maybe eat an early lunch.  However on the weekends it’s a different story.  Weekends are for big breakfasts with the family on Sunday.   Eggs, bacon, pancakes, french toast or omelettes.  This Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich is the perfect balance of eggs and ham, chewy ciabatta bread and one of my favorite condiments, pesto.

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The pesto is really what made this sandwich great.  I’ve been growing basil out in my back yard for a few years now so it’s pretty much a staple in our house.  Don’t have fresh basil?  I find that the store version is good too so don’t get overwhelmed with an extra step if you don’t want to.  The other good thing is that this sandwich can be made all in one pan.

Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This recipe is based off a sandwich I had when my husband and I took a little trip to Toledo & Cleveland last year.  While there we stayed at a beautiful hotel, the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade.  It was a great hotel right across from all kinds of restaurants, shops and a really cool brewery.  It was a great trip! We visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and my favorite, The Christmas Story House!  I also got to eat a great breakfast sandwich in the hotel restaurant, this Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich.  Now on to the food!

The lobby of our hotel.#stunning #clevelandarcade

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This sandwich is a one pan wonder.  Heat up 1 tsp of oil then add the onion.  Let soften for 2-3 minutes stirring so they don’t burn.  In a bowl combine the eggs and milk and whip to combine.  Now add spinach to the pan.  Cook for about a minute to let it soften.  Add the eggs on top.  Using a spatula thin out the eggs and cook by pushing the bottom up and letting the egg run under.  Cook for about 2 minutes then flip.  Now add ham to the other side of the pan.  Heat through for 2 minutes while the other side of the egg cooks.  Put ham on top of the eggs.  Take the 2 pieces of bread and spread butter on them then place face down in the open section of the pan.  Let brown for about 1 minute.

Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now time to plate it.  Place 1 piece of bread browned side down.  Put stacked eggs and ham on top of it.  Add a generous amount of prepared or freshly make pesto to the other slice of bread and put on top.  And here you are….

Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you to this weeks Sunday Supper host.  Check out all of the other sandwich recipes for all the sandwich lovers in your house.

Simple Sandwich Recipes That Will Make You Love Lunch #SundaySupper

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Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich
Eggs, spinach and ham made into a little omelet perfect for resting on crispy ciabatta bread. Spread pesto on the bread to make this the ultimate breakfast sandwich.
Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Breakfast
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Sandwich
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Ingredients
Ham & Spinach Breakfast Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Heat up 1 tsp of oil then add the onion. Let soften for 2-3 minutes stirring so they don't burn.
  2. In a bowl combine the eggs and milk and whip to combine.
  3. Now add spinach to the pan. Cook for about a minute to let it soften. Add the eggs on top.
  4. Using a spatula thin out the eggs and cook by pushing the bottom up and letting the egg run under. Cook for about 2 minutes then flip.
  5. Add ham to the other side of the pan. Heat through for 2 minutes while the other side of the egg cooks. Put ham on top of the eggs.
  6. Take the 2 pieces of bread and spread butter on them then place face down in the open section of the pan. Let brown for about 1 minute.
  7. Place 1 piece of bread browned side down. Put stacked eggs and ham on top of it. Add a generous amount of prepared or freshly make pesto to the other slice of bread and put on top. Enjoy!
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Tyler Florence’s Chicken & Sausage Etouffee

This Mitten Movie Night is the first in July!  Did you have a good 4th?  Last week instead of Mitten Movie Night I posted my Best BBQ Sauce recipe for #CookoutWeek.  It was an honor to be a part of it.  Can’t wait to be a part of this great group once again for Choctoberfest too!  Tonight I am making an etouffee recipe that I watched Tyler Florence make on The Food Network years ago when I was just getting into cooking.  It sounded great so I made it and have been loving it ever since.

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Pairing this meal with a long time love of mine Bell’s Oberon.  Fun Fact: Oberon’s release is celebrated with ‘Oberon Day’…what a World we live in!  Check out all their other release dates here.  We are watching What We Do In The Shadows.  It came on Netflix and we started watching a little of it then decided to save it for tonight.  What I did see was hilarious and I don’t think you can go wrong with a ‘documentary’ about Vampires living together.  That’s my kind of humor.  Now on to the food.

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If I described this dish in one word it would be ‘simple’.  However using that word would lead you to believe that the flavor is pretty basic too-nope. Wrong.  If your looking for an easy meal with lots of flavor this is it.  Start by chopping the chicken into pieces.  Sautee in a pan with a 2 teaspoons of oil for about 5 minutes.  Chop the sausage then add to the pan.  Cook for another 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and sausage is crisp.

While the meat is cooking take the pepper, onion, garlic cloves and celery and add to a food processor.  Chop items until they are small and well combined.  Remove the cooked chicken and sausage from the pan.

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

To the same pan add chicken stock and the processed vegetables.  Start cooking over medium/high heat.  Add the chicken and sausage back to the pot.  Let the stock reduce by half until it make a smooth sauce.  Serve over rice and maybe a side of Hone-Jalapeno Cornbread.  And here you are……

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee
Spicy andouille sausage and chicken are sauteed then combined with a light sauce. This meal is all about simple flavors combing to make one spectacular dish.
Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
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Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by chopping the chicken into pieces. Sautee in a pan with a 2 teaspoons of oil for about 5 minutes. Chop the sausage then add to the pan. Cook for another 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and sausage is crisp.
  2. Take the pepper, onion, garlic cloves and celery and add to a food processor. Chop items until they are small and well combined.
  3. Remove the cooked chicken and sausage from the pan.
  4. To the same pan add chicken stock and the processed vegetables. Start cooking over medium/high heat.
  5. Add the chicken and sausage back to the pot. Let the stock reduce by half until it make a smooth sauce. Serve over rice. Enjoy!
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Salsa Chicken Skillet #SundaySupper

Summer certainly went by quickly.  Now that school is back into swing and football practice two nights a week I really need to make sure that I can get dinner on the table without much fuss.  This Salsa Chicken Skillet it perfect!

Salsa Chicken Skillet from Bottom Left of the Mitten

This is something that I’ve been making for years.  It’s really quick, just a few ingredients and all cooked in one pan.  So gather your ingredients….

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Add the oil to the pan then add chicken and the onion.  Saute until chicken is cooked through.  I like to set up the rest of my ingredients next to my pan.  Once chicken is cooked pour the flour over the top then add the chicken stock and ranch dressing.  While it’s coming to a boil cut up your tortillas like a pie.  Once it’s to a boil add your tortillas to the top of the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for around 3-5 minutes.  On top of the chicken & tortillas pour the entire jar of salsa on top.  Don’t stir.  Place cheese on top.  Cook until cheese it melted.  Serve with some lettuce and sour cream.  And here you are….

Salsa Chicken Skillet from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Thank you so much to this Sunday Supper host Liz from that Skinny Chick Can Bake.  Do you need more quick meal ideas?  Check these out……

Favorite Skillet Breakfasts

Favorite Skillet Sides

Favorite Skillet Entrees

Favorite Skillet Desserts

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Salsa Chicken Skillet from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Salsa Chicken Skillet
A spicy addition to your busy dinner routine.
Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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Instructions
  1. Add the oil to the pan then add chicken and the onion. Saute until chicken is cooked through.
  2. Once chicken is cooked pour the flour over the top then add the chicken stock and ranch dressing.
  3. While it's coming to a boil cut up your tortillas like a pie. Once it's to a boil add your tortillas to the top of the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for around 3-5 minutes.
  4. On top of the chicken & tortillas pour the entire jar of salsa on top. Don't stir.
  5. Place cheese on top. Cook until cheese it melted.
  6. Serve with some lettuce and sour cream.
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Bacon Shells & Cheese

Ah…finally Friday!  After last weeks long weekend and the kids finally going back to school, I am ready for this Mitten Movie Night.  If your like me then put your feet up and dig into this delicious and creamy Bacon Shells & Cheese.

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This week I made a pasta that comes together quickly.  As always, enjoying with some amazing craft beer,  Lagunitas Lucky 13, which is one of my husband’s favorites.  Still not 100% percent set on what we’re watching but it may be Bad Grandpa.  It came in our Netflix disc queue but I don’t know if I’m sold on it.  What are your thoughts?

When I pulled out the bowl that I usually place my pasta in I realized that it has held up very well.  It was a gift from my cousin for my wedding.  That means this month it is 13 years old!  It’s so beautiful and gives any pasta I put into it a beautiful presentation. So enough reminiscing let’s get into it.

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When I say that this pasta comes together quickly, I’m not exaggerating.  Start your pasta to boil and your diced bacon to cook according to package directions, they take approximately the same amount of time. While they are both cooking chop your vegetables.

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Once your pasta has cooked drain and set aside.  Once bacon has cooked remove from the pan and reserve 1 tsp. of the bacon grease.  Not too much but enough to keep the flavor.  In the same pan melt 1 Tbs. butter in the bottom then add onions and zucchini.  Soften for around 3 minutes.  Add tomatoes.  Sautee quickly.  Over the top of the vegetables sprinkle the flour and stir.  Pour in milk.  Bring to a simmer and add Parmesan cheese, Italian cheese, garlic powder and pepper.  Let thicken, which should take about 2-3 minutes.  Put your pasta and bacon back into the pan.  Transfer to beautiful serving bowl, garnish with more cheese & basil.  And here you are…..

Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Bacon Shells & Cheese
A delicious meal loaded with bacon, vegetables and shell pasta. Italian & Parmesan cheese add a creamy finish. Perfect quick meal for a cozy night in.
Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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servings
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Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start your pasta to boil and your diced bacon to cook according to package directions, they take approximately the same amount of time.
  2. Dice vegetables.
  3. Once your pasta has cooked drain and set aside. When bacon is cooked remove from the pan and reserve 1 tsp. of the bacon grease in the pan.
  4. In the same pan melt 1 Tbs. butter in the bottom then add onions and zucchini. Soften for around 3 minutes. Add tomatoes. Sautee quickly.
  5. Over the top of the vegetables sprinkle the flour and stir. Pour in milk. Bring to a simmer and Parmesan cheese, Italian cheese, garlic powder and pepper. Let thicken, which should take about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Put your pasta and bacon back into the pan.
  7. Garnish with more cheese & basil.
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Michigan Hot Dog #SundaySupper

When I saw the theme for this weeks #SundaySupper ‘All American Burgers & Dogs’ I knew I wanted to make one of my families favorites, Chili Dogs.  But how do I set myself apart from all other Chili Dogs out there?  Delving into foodie research I came across the most perfect dish……the Michigan Dog.  A hot dog with chili that is named after my beloved home state?  Yes!

Michigan Hot Dog from Bottom Left of the Mitten

But I’ll be honest….I didn’t even know what a Michigan Dog was!  However I found this fabulous article, Hot Dog of the Week: Decoding the “Michigan Dog” of New York State by Serious Eats.  It set me straight.  Real straight.  You see the title?  That’s right, the Michigan Dog is a staple of NEW YORK!?!  However it originated in Michigan, be it almost 100 years ago, so I am staking claim and feel safe to celebrate this Chili Dog as one of Michigan’s own.

Now you’ll say ‘Erin. You didn’t even know what a Michigan Dog was. How are you going to even know if you did it right?’  For this I trusted my husband’s taste buds since he has had them so he was my guide to whether they were close or not {PS. They were!}.

Michigan Hot Dog | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I decided to go with a slight vinegar based sauce. I LOVE vinegar (my favorite BBQ sauce is vinegar based too) and in doing my research it said that the sauce could be vinegar based. Or may contain cabbage. Or water from the cleanest Lake in Michigan. Or secret saliva from a wolverine *Click here to see a cute photo of Little A looking at said Wolverines & follow us on IG while your there**.  You get the fact that I’m joking but finding a true original recipe was very hard so I improvised!  I also used Nathan’s Hot Dogs as an homage to New York.  Now let’s get started.

Prepare your hot dogs the usual way you would.  I steam mine in the rice cooker.  Now time to make the chili.  I added the beef, onions and all the spices right on the top.  When the burger cooked it set the spices right into the meat.  It’s my favorite way to cook beef.

Michigan Hot Dog by Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once the beef is cooked through add the tomato sauce, vinegar and ketchup to the pan.  Do not drain the beef.  Stir to combine.  Put a medium simmer for around 5 minutes.  It does not take long to thicken up.

Michigan Hot Dog by Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now assemble your hot dogs and add chili to the top along with mustard and the rest of your raw onion to the top. If your looking to further your regional hot dog experience check out my Memphis Hot Dogs.  And here you are….

Michigan Hot Dog from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

This Sunday is All American Burgers & Dogs.  I want to thank our host Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures.  Putting on these events takes a lot of work and you made it look easy.  Check out all these other recipes that will have you cooking some great food all summer long.

All American Burgers & Dogs

Cluck Burgers

Worldly Burgers & Dogs

Where’s the Beef Burgers

Where’s the Bun Burger

Dessert Burger

How to

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Michigan Hot Dog from Bottom Left of the Mitten. Beefy tomato chili smothered on top of aall beef hot dog.. Topped with Yellow Mustard and Onions.
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Michigan Hot Dogs
All beef hot dog with a tangy chili sauce. Topped with mustard & onion. A perfect Michigan Hot Dog!
Michigan Hot Dog by Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Hot Dogs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Hot Dogs
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Hot Dogs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Hot Dogs
Ingredients
Michigan Hot Dog by Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Prepare your hot dogs the usual way you would.
  2. For chili: Add beef, onions and all the spices right on the top. When the burger cooked it set the spices right into the meat. Cook through thoroughly.
  3. Once the beef is cooked through add the tomato sauce, vinegar and ketchup to the pan. Do not drain the beef. Stir to combine. Put a medium simmer for around 5 minutes. It does not take long to thicken up.
  4. Assemble hot dogs and add chili to the top along with mustard and the rest of your raw onion to the top.
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