Chocolate Pecan Pie

Happy November!  Time to dust off Halloween and enjoy a few short weeks before we officially kick off the holidays.  If you’re anything like me even though I have to wait for Thanksgiving feasts I start planning out the menu now.  With any luck you will want to save this Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe for yours.

Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This actually is a pie that I have been wanting to make forever.  I was talking to my Step-Mom about a drink recipe that I wanted to make for the holidays.  ‘You know this and your sister’s pie are always what I think about when I remember the holidays.’  A crisp, crunchy top with pecans made way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust.  This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.  Luckily for me, she knew the recipe and gave it to me right then and there.

Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

According to her I could find the recipe on Baker’s German Chocolate baking squares.  Her sister then just omitted the coconut because her family didn’t care for it.  So off to the store I went and picked up the ingredients.  Unfortunately the Baker’s Chocolate did not have this pie recipe in it but no worries I found this German Chocolate Pie Recipe from Betty Crocker and guess what?  It was spot on.

For this I used a pre-made pie crust.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate.  Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.

To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Mix with a whisk until combined.  In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla.  Break the chocolate bar into pieces.  In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate.  Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely.  Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk.  Let cool for a few minutes.

To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step.  Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.  Pour filling into the pie crust.  Finally pour the pecans over the top.  Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.

Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours.  Slice it up and serve with whipped cream.  And here you are….

Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Chocolate Pecan Pie
A crisp, crunchy top with pecans make way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust. This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.
Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Course Dessert
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate. Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.
  2. To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix with a whisk until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla. Break the chocolate bar into pieces. In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate. Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely. Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk. Let cool for a few minutes.
  4. To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step. Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.
  5. Pour filling into the pie crust. Finally pour the pecans over the top. Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.
  6. Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours. Slice it up and serve with whipped cream. Enjoy!
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PB&J Burger

For this Mitten Movie Night we are watching Stranger Things.  In honor of it I decided to go all out and try to make something special to coincide with a night of binge watching this awesome show.  If you follow my blog you know that I love recreating regional favorites.  Whether it’s Michigan or Memphis Hot Dogs or recreating a sandwich I had in Ohio, I’m in for taking a culinary trip with my taste buds.  So, why not make something from Indiana which is were the show takes place?  Let’s do it!

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Even though I live very close to Indiana I’ll be honest I’m not totally immersed in what foods are big there.  So off to the little ‘tell me what I don’t know’ box called the internet I went.  With some research I found 9 Strange Food Combinations Only People In Indiana Will Love from Only In Your State. Right at the Top #1-Peanut Butter and Hamburgers. Hmm…..this might just be interesting enough to try.  Never had it, but I’ll try it. The article said that it usually comes with jalapenos so of course this was going to be delicious with the sweet, salty and spicy flavors all working together.

I thought a Halloween themed beer would be good so Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale from New Belgium it is. While a more locally sourced craft beer would probably have been better this beer was purchased in Mishawaka at Costco so close enough!  Now on to this burger that really was a delicious surprise.

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For the burgers we’re keeping it simple so mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.  I always cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet with some oil.  After a recent episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives there was a restaurant that covered the burgers with a dish so they stayed moist.  I tried this trick  and it worked great.

Place burgers in skillet and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes.  Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.  Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot!  Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes.  Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.  Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time.  Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.

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So the ‘PB’ is off course for peanut butter but the ‘J’ is for jam.  Bacon jam to be exact.  I thought this would be a good addition. I recently had a burger with it on it at a local brewery and now I’m obsessed.  In an effort to keep some in my house at all times now I made some using this Easy Skillet Bacon Jam recipe.

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Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger.  Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam.  Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish.  And here you are…..

PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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PB&J Burger
This is not the peanut butter and jelly you grew up with. It's not your average burger. PB & J=Peanut Butter and Bacon Jam make this burger an all out hit!
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  1. Mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.
  2. To use the bowl method: Place burgers in skillet with a small amount of oil and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes. Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot! Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes. Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time. Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.
  5. Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger. Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam. Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Choctoberfest is the perfect reason to dust off old cookie recipes and give them a fresh update.  I was excited to partner this week with Barlean’s and use a different version of one of my favorite items to cook with-coconut oil.  For these I used Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil.  Peanut butter and chocolate are made for each other in these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Trading out normal butter on a 1:1 ratio for Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil had these cookies coming out of the oven crispy, which is perfect because that is just how I like them. Now on to the recipe.

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In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg.  Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients.  Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt.  Finally add chocolate chips.  Once everything is all combined take off and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.  The dough will be almost like crumbles when all combined.  Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand.  Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet.  Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.  Like traditional peanut butter cookies press down with a fork horizontal then vertical.  Be careful because the dough is very delicate so press gently.  Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.

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Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.  Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes.  Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper. Until they are fully cooled they will be a easy to crumble so give just a bit before diving in.  Now do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.

After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days but they probably won’t last that long!  And here you….

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
Creamy peanut butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips combine with butter flavored coconut oil to make a crisp and crunchy cookie.
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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients. Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt. Finally add chocolate chips.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.
  4. Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand. Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet. Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.
  5. Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.
  6. Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper.
  8. Do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.
  9. After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Enjoy!
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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This week for Choctoberfest I thought I would make a rich, chocolate dessert that takes me back to my childhood.  Sunday’s were spent at my Grandma & Grandpa’s house and dessert was usually a big bowl of homemade chocolate pudding.  Rodelle’s Dutch-processed cocoa gives this chocolate pudding a rich flavor and easy enough to make to make your sweet tooth happy.

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I was very excited to partner with Rodelle in making this recipe for Choctoberfest.  Not only is their baking cocoa versatile for recipes it is also full of good things for you and your family: antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamins.  It’s also naturally cholesterol free Kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.  So now on to the recipe!

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In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined.  Move the pot to the stove top.  Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients.  Turn on the stove to medium heat.  Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.

With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going.  The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient.  Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken–this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn’t burn.  When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.

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We love to eat our pudding warm.  Give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little if eating warm.  Now I LOVE the skin on my pudding.  However if you are a family that doesn’t you can cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.  If you want cold put it into the fridge for about half an hour.

Serve warm or chilled.  With or without whipped cream.  And here you are…..

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Only a few minutes and a few ingredients to make the perfect comfort homemade chocolate pudding. Get ready to be transported to your childhood.
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  1. In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined. Move the pot to the stove top.
  2. Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients. Turn on the stove to medium heat. Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.
  3. With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going. The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient. Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken--this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn't burn.
  4. When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.
  5. If eating warm give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little.
  6. For no skin: cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.
  7. If you want cold: put it into the fridge for about half an hour.
  8. Serve warm or chilled. With or without whipped cream. Enjoy!
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Fried Jalapeno Burger

Can you believe it’s almost August?  Summer sure does seem to be not taking it slow.  We have been very busy though having fun visiting new places with the kids and spending tons of time in the pool.  So for the last Mitten Movie Night of July I’m making something extra spicy, a burger topped with Fried Jalapenos.

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This week has been a long one so I am ready to relax.  I am currently in the process of pulling wallpaper down in what is known as the ‘Man Cave’.  Dubbed as such the first time we came to look a the house with the boys. There is a fair amount of wallpaper in this house so I felt it was a good place to start.  After getting into it I quickly realize that only 1 area a year might be getting done because it is WORK!

I got some great tips over on my Facebook page so I started with a water/fabric softener and scraper combo that actually worked pretty good.  Then I mentioned to my mother-in-law that a lot of people recommended a steamer.  Guess what?  She actually had a brand new one!  It has been working like a charm. Probably half the time it would have taken with the water/softener concoction. I’m so thankful too because I wanted to have this all done by the middle of August.  Looks like I am on track and I will post the before and afters soon for all to see.

After dinner I am kicking back and relaxing with  Wedding Crashers.  An oldie but goody and I love digging through our old DVD’s.  With dinner we’re drinking some Michigantuan from Short’s Brewing.  I can not resist a cherry beer especially one using Michigan cherries.  So now on to the food.

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The fried jalapenos are simple enough.  Take the jarred jalapenos and put them onto a paper towel, fold over and press down to dry them off as much as possible. Mix together the egg, milk, flour, salt and pepper for the batter. Heat up 1/4 cup of oil in a pan (drop a little bit of the batter to see if it starts to fry to check if oil is ready)  and fry 2-3 minutes, on each side until golden brown. Remove from pan and put on another clean plate and paper towel to drain.

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For the burger I actually finally used a hamburger press that I got from my son’s school fundraiser probably 3 years ago.  They really turned out great as you can see from the end result below.  I mix my burger some Worcestershire Sauce and that’s it.  Press half the meat into one side and then the other putting a piece of cheese into the middle and pressing it so the two halves connect.  If you don’t have a press just make a 1/2 pound patty and add cheese later.

As I’ve said before I don’t have a grill so I used my Foreman grill.  It took about 12 minutes total but check to make sure fully cooked for whatever method you are using.  Thinking I might have to remedy this whole no grill quick….maybe for my birthday coming up here in August?

Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the aioli mix mayo, minced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon of jalapeno juice.  Toast the buns, always.  Top with the spicy aioli.  And here you are….

Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Fried Jalapeno Burger
All beef hamburger stuffed with cheddar cheese then topped with crunchy fried jalapenos. Pile on creamy jalapeno aioli to finish off with even more heat.
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Course Main Dish
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Instructions
  1. Take the jarred jalapenos and put them onto a paper towel, fold over and press down to dry them off as much as possible.
  2. Mix together the egg, milk, flour, salt and pepper for the batter.
  3. Heat up 1/4 cup of oil in a pan (drop a little bit of the batter to see if it starts to fry to check if oil is ready) and fry 2-3 minutes, on each side until golden brown.
  4. Remove from pan and put on another clean plate and paper towel to drain.
  5. Mix burger with Worcestershire Sauce.
  6. Press half the meat into one side and then the other putting a piece of cheese into the middle and pressing it so the two halves connect. **If you don't have a press just make a 1/2 pound patty and add cheese later.
  7. Cook on each side around 6 minutes for a total of 12 minutes. **Check to make sure fully cooked for whatever method you are using.
  8. For the aioli mix mayo, minced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon of jalapeno juice.
  9. Toast the buns. Top with the spicy aioli. Enjoy!
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Butterscotch Banana Bread

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe adapted from I Wash You Dry

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Butterscotch Banana Bread
Don't let overripe bananas go to waste make this banana bread. Moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside then loaded with butterscotch in every bite.
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Instructions
  1. With a fork mush the overripe bananas.
  2. In separate bowl melt the butter and whisk the egg. Add to the bananas.
  3. Now mix in the remaining ingredients: sugar, vanilla, baking soda, salt and flour then stir to combine.
  4. Finally add the butterscotch chips.
  5. Grease one loaf pan with butter or oil then add the batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve warm with lots of butter. Enjoy!
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Smoked Sausage Sandwich

This week officially marked two months in our new home!  So we are celebrating this Mitten Movie Night feeling like we are finally settled in.  I made one of my favorite categories of food: the ‘sandwich‘.  Topped with saucy goodness and peppers this Smoked Sausage Sandwich is a well deserved reward for a job well done.

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Tonight we are drinking 400 Divine Rabbits from a local favorite Greenbush Brewing Co.  A great stop if you hit the beach or the casino in New Buffalo.  Then finishing up Orange Is The New Black.  I have spent many nights since last Friday binge watching it. What shows are your favorites?  I will need a new one once this is over.

I would love to take the opportunity to give a little shout out of people that helped us along the way.  Since my blog is called ‘Bottom Left of the Mitten’ I thought it was a good platform to showcase who made buying a home in this area such a treat.

Realtor:  ‘Power of 2’ Team from Cressy & Everett in Dowagiac.  We actually looked at homes a few years ago and she walked us through any and every one we wanted to look at.  We just didn’t find ‘the one’ at the time.  Called her up when we found this house to show it to us.  Three weeks and one day later not only did we have this house but we also sold ours and 4 acres of land.

Inspector:  Gary from Lake Michigan Inspections. I cannot recommend this gentleman and his father enough.  They walked us through everything, I mean everything, for our new house.  Living in town we were new to sewer and well. Same for a gas fireplace and even fixed a cap on the wood burning fireplace.

New Air Conditioner: Rohdy’s—Awesome job!  Right before our recent heatwave they worked us in for a quote and then installed the unit.  Thanks to them we have stayed comfortable and cool.

Thank you again to everyone! Now on to the food.

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Chop up the peppers, onions and mince the garlic.  To a bowl add the balsamic vinegar, sugar and olive oil then mix to combine.  Sautee over medium/high heat for 7-10 minutes. I love when the peppers are ‘burnt’ a little so I go a little closer to the 10 minute mark.

 

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Our new appliances were purchased in the recent store closing for HH Gregg.  This Frigidaire stove has a center griddle that I’ve been using non-stop.  No worries if you don’t have a griddle you can use a regular frying pan.  Butter buns and place them split side down.  Cut the sausage in 4 parts then split down the middle placing that split side down as well.  Heat the sausage through for around 3 minutes.  Flip both the bun and the sausage then cook around 3 minutes again.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Heating up the spaghetti sauce and assembling the sandwich is all that’s left to do.  I heated it up in the microwave for 1 minute.  Place bun on plate, add split smoked sausage, layer on the veggies then top with sauce.  And here you are…..

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Smoked Sausage Sandwich
Smoky sausage makes a great base for crisp peppers bathed in sweet balsamic. Finish off with a thick layer of spaghetti sauce. Perfecto!
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Instructions
  1. Chop up the peppers, onions and mince the garlic.
  2. To a bowl add the balsamic vinegar, sugar and olive oil then mix to combine.
  3. Sautee over medium/high heat for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Butter buns and place them split side down on a heated griddle or frying pan.
  5. Cut the sausage in 4 parts then split down the middle placing that split side down as well.
  6. Heat the sausage through for around 3 minutes. Flip both the bun and the sausage then cook around 3 minutes again.
  7. Heat up spaghetti sauce in a microwave for 1 minute.
  8. Place bun on plate, add split smoked sausage, layer on the veggies then top with sauce. Enjoy!
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Cheesy Cauliflower #SundaySupper

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

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

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

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

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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!

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

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

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

Cast Iron Onion Burgers | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Cast Iron Onion Burgers | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Cast Iron Onion Burgers | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Cast Iron Onion Burgers | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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

Cast Iron Onion Burgers | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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

While I’ve never been one to cook seafood at home I decided to give it a spin since I’ve been wanting to add some fish to our diets.  The one that I have been making lately has been a huge hit at dinnertime and that’s what I like to call ‘Sheet Pan Salmon’.

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

To say that this dinner is family friendly would be an understatement.  My 10 year old LOVES seafood.  I was a little worried what the 3 year old would think since he can tend to be a picky eater but he gobbled up a few pieces I cut then asked for more.  Even my husband who isn’t a big seafood eater liked it.  For me I’ve always enjoyed seafood and salmon especially.  Growing up my family was full of adventurous eaters and I’m hoping my boys will be too as I expand my home cooking skills.

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The fish that I used was on sale and already came seasoned with a spicy peppercorn marinade.  You can choose one already seasoned, it really added to the flavor of the dish and wasn’t overpowered by the topping I added.  This will take one average sized sheet pan.  Cover with tin foil then oil it so the fish doesn’t stick.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash and chop the asparagus (my favorite-check out my other Sunday Supper recipe Asparagus Soup), chop the onions then put them both in a bowl.  Drizzle with 1 Tbs oil, salt and pepper.  Stir to coat all the veggies.  Now combine the ingredients for the creamy topping: mayo, Parmesan cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts and lemon juice.

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Place the fish onto the greased sheet pan.  Take the asparagus mixture and layer around the salmon.  Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top the salmon.   For the crunchy topping you can easily use breadcrumbs to top this off why not crush up some homemade croutons?  Place it all into the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes.

I served this meal with some mashed sweet potatoes.  So sweet and creamy they were a perfect balance with the fish.  And here you…..

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

I would like to thank this weeks Sunday Supper host Claire McEwen of Sprinkles & Spouts.  For more sensational seafood recipes check these out……

25+ Best Sunday Supper Seafood Recipes

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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Sheet Pan Salmon
Salmon is coated in a creamy sauce and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. Baked in 30 minutes until flaky. A sheet pan supper for the whole family.
Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. On an average sized sheet pan. Cover with tin foil then oil it so the fish doesn't stick.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Wash and chop the asparagus, chop the onions then put them both in a bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tbs oil, salt and pepper. Stir to coat all the veggies.
  4. Combine the ingredients for the creamy topping: mayo, Parmesan cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts and lemon juice.
  5. Place the fish onto the greased sheet pan.
  6. Take the asparagus mixture and spread around the salmon.
  7. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top the salmon.
  8. Cover the top with breadcrumbs or crushed croutons.
  9. Place it all into the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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