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!

PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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!
PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  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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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.

Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

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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.

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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
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Poppy Seed Dressing
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Salad
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad
Poppy Seed Dressing
Cajun Steak & Potato Salad | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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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Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch

Can you believe we are heading into the end of August already?  By now I am ready for it.  Not only are the kids heading back to school but it also is the beginning of Fall which is hands down my favorite time of year.  And what better way to kick it off?  By celebrating my birthday!  So this Mitten Movie Night I am kicking off my birthday weekend (yes I said weekend!) with a burger that I came up with over the Summer, a cheesy turkey burger smothered in ranch.

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With the burgers we are drinking some Beach Cruiser from Latitude 42.  This week we are actually planning on taking our projector outside by the pool and watch a movie.   We’ve been wanting to do it but have had to wait for it to get darker earlier.  Finally I think we’re good to go out around 9pm but the weather has been cooler here so we will see how long it lasts.

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For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.  I love to cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet but a regular skillet will work just as well.  Add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together.  Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.  Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes.  Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.

Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Recently I made these Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwiches from Yellow Bliss Road.  The dressing was so good!  The secret ingredient I think was dill pickle juice in it.  So that is what I did here.  Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch and pickle juice.

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Since the burgers are so crispy I did not toast the buns like I normally love to do.  Slice up some lettuce and tomato then add pickles.  Slather on the ranch.  And here you are….

Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch
Ground turkey and cheese combine to make the most flavorful burger ever. Cook until extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Top with homemade ranch sauce for the perfect final touch.
Instructions
  1. For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.
  2. In a cast iron or regular skillet add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together. Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.
  3. Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes. Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.
  4. for the homemade ranch combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch powder and pickle juice.
  5. Add burger to a bun. Slice up some lettuce and tomato. Slather on the ranch. Enjoy!
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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.

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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.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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….

Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cajun Potatoes
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cajun Potatoes
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
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.

Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

A serious shout out to Checkered Chef for the awesome stainless steel rolling pin, I love it!

Roll and cut the dough out into large circles.  I used a cereal bowl and it worked out great to make 6 pasties.  Add filling to one side then sprinkle with shredded cheese.  After stuffing these full pinch the dough to crimp the edges so the filling doesn’t fall out.  Beat an egg and brush over the top of pasty.  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.  Prepare the gravy if your a troll like me and here you are…..

Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Under the Troll Bridge Pasties
Flaky crust filled with beef, potatoes, onions, carrots and turnips. Serve them 'troll' style with savory beef gravy. Perfect dinner for the cold Midwest winter.
Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
pasties
Ingredients
Pasty Dough
Pasty Filling
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
pasties
Ingredients
Pasty Dough
Pasty Filling
Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Pasty Dough
  1. Add all the ingredients into a mixer and let it come together in a ball. Place the ball then onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured and put into the refrigerate for 1 hour.
Pasty Filling
  1. While the dough is chilling clean, peel and chop all your veggies.
  2. Sautee them in 1 Tbs butter to soften them then put them into a bowl.
  3. Cook and drain the beef then add it to the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste then let the vegetables and beef cool.
  4. Roll and cut the dough out into large circles.
  5. Add filling to one side then sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  6. After stuffing these full pinch the dough to crimp the edges.
  7. Beat an egg and brush over the top of pasty. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.
  8. Prepare gravy mix to package directions. Serve on the side. Enjoy!
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