Under the Troll Bridge Pasties

In an effort to include a little more Michigan into the blog I decided to search out some authentic ‘Michigan’ loved food.  I came across a great article from Only In Your State called 10 Iconic Foods Made in Michigan and #3 on this list was the pasty.  So like when I wanted to make the Michigan Hot Dog (which isn’t even from Michigan!) I put in the work and set off to finding out how to make one.

When looking around to get a basic idea of how to make these I found the blog Foodie with Family and her recipe for Yooper Pasties.  In the post she defined residents of the Lower Peninsula as ‘Trolls’.  I also found out that while pasties are generally served plain or with ketchup ‘Trolls’ usually prefer them with gravy.  So what better name to call these than ‘Under the Troll Bridge Pasties’.

Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For tonight’s Mitten Movie Night we are drinking Arcadia Ale’s Hopmouth.  Arcadia is one of the first breweries we visited-seems like a long time ago but really less than 5 years ago.  Since then so many great breweries, delicious meals and of course awesome beer.  I really don’t have anything on deck to watch since we are in the middle of about 3 series: Sneaky Pete (Giovanni Ribisi is awesome in this), Santa Clarita Diet (who doesn’t love Drew Barrymore?) and Bates Motel (c-r-e-e-p-y) so we might just binge watch one of those to finish up the seasons we’re in the middle of.  Now on to the food!

Under the Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Under The Troll Bridge Pasties | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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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Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies

Flaky crust packed with sweet strawberry preserves and Simply Sesame.  Make up a batch for the busy school week. My son ate these every morning and then again as a snack after school!  Who doesn’t love a portable meal that is a hit with the kids?

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These hand pies are so easy to make and use just a few ingredients.  And let me tell you what made these even easier….my new mixer that I got for Christmas! It’s so beautiful.  Since getting it I’ve done some serious baking.  Enough of the admiration let’s get baking.

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Starting with the dough add the ingredients to a mixer.  Or you can mix this by hand as well~before I got my mixer I had no problem whipping up crust for my favorite homemade pizzas.  Check out my directions for a thicker crust on my White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce.  A thinner crust for this Pepper Steak Pizza. Or a the crust for a classic favorite, Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.  Either way, this crust turns out perfectly! I’m even using this same recipe to make a special treat soon for Mitten Movie Night.  When the dough has been mixed roll into a ball then onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured.  Put the dough into the refrigerate for 1 hour.

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once chilled it’s time to roll it out and cut into circles.  See my fancy cutter!  This was enough dough for 12 pies.  Take a spoonful of the strawberry preserves and place on one side of the dough then on top of that add the Simply Sesame (*note: Simply Sesame needs to be well stirred to make sure it’s not too runny).

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Preheat the over to 375 degrees then line a pan with parchment paper.  Fold the top of the dough over then crimp the edges with a fork.  Some filling may eek out when baking that is why it’s crucial to use the parchment so you can have easy clean up.

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Bake for 20 minutes.  Before the last 10 minutes is up melt a tablespoon of butter, take the pies out then brush the tops.  Put back into the over to finish.  When done please be aware not to take a giant bite right away since the filling can be H-O-T!  And here you are….

Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies
Flaky crust packed with sweet strawberry preserves and Simply Sesame. A portable meal that is a hit with the kids.
Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Pie Dough
Filling
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast
Servings
pies
Ingredients
Pie Dough
Filling
Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Pie Dough
  1. Add all the dough ingredients to a mixer. Once the dough has been mixed roll into a ball then onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured. Put the dough into the refrigerate for 1 hour.
Filling
  1. Once chilled it's time to roll it out and cut into circles.
  2. Take a spoonful of the strawberry preserves and place on one side of the dough. On top of that add the Simply Sesame (*note: Simply Sesame needs to be well stirred to make sure it's not too runny) .
  3. Preheat the over to 375 degrees then line a pan with parchment paper.
  4. Fold the top of the dough over then crimp the edges with a fork.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Before the last 10 minutes is up melt a tablespoon of butter, take the pies out then brush the tops. Put back into the over to finish.
  7. Let them cool slightly. Enjoy!
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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 Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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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Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms #SnackWithSimply

Tonight for Mitten Movie Night we’re doing things a little different.  My husband is actually away at a conference for work so it’s just me & the boys.  We are hanging out in our PJ’s and baking up these sweet treats, Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms!

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms

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Sweets are a must have in our house.  While I don’t consider myself a baker I do occasionally like to break out the cookie sheets and turn on the oven.  So when I received this jar of Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ to try  I wanted to see how it worked in my Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms.  I mean, doesn’t this look like a perfect combination?

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms

The boys and I watching Monsters vs. Aliens while dunking our cookies in some ice cold milk.  So gather your ingredients…..

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Add butter, egg, peanut butter and both sugars to a bowl and combine using an electric mixer.  Then baking soda, salt and then flour a 1/4 cup at a time. Once the cookie dough is all combined spoon the dough onto a greased pan.  This will make 24 cookies.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Put into a preheated 375 degree oven.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  While cookies are baking cut King Sized Hershey bar into 24 pieces.  Once cooked place cookies on a sheet of wax or parchment paper.  Place candy bar piece in center of cookie while still warm.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

These turned out great!  While I normally use creamy peanut butter for these cookies the Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ added a little ‘crunch’ to them that can’t be beat.  And here you are….

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms
Creamy & crunchy peanut butter meets with a Hershey bar in one perfect cookie combo.
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Add butter, egg, peanut butter and both sugars to a bowl and combine using an electric mixer. Then baking soda, salt then flour a 1/4 cup at a time.
  2. Spoon out cookies onto a greased pan. This will make 24 cookies.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. While cookies are baking cut King Sized Hershey bar into 24 pieces.
  5. Once cooked place cookies on a sheet of wax or parchment paper.
  6. Place candy bar piece in center of cookie while still warm.
  7. Let cool. Enjoy!
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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce

It’s time for Mitten Movie Night!  I’m serving up a creamy, cheesy white chicken pizza with an added sweet twist on top and enjoying one of my favorite Michigan Craft Beers.  This pizza makes perfect use of summer grown basil, I know my plant is bursting.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Tonight I made White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce.  A sweet & savory combination on a homemade pizza crust.  While this has a long and fancy name trust me it didn’t take long at all.  Best of all it is delicious!  We are watching Joy.  Jennifer Lawrence kind of rocks, right?  And finally we are drinking Oberon from Bell’s Brewery.  If you are even remotely close to Kalamazoo, Michigan it is a must visit for any craft beer lover.  So gather your ingredients….

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Start with the crust.  Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  See photo below in the collage to make sure yours has the same consistency.  Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  I do not have a fancy mixer (I want one so bad!) so I had to just hand mix this.  Start by stirring with a spatula then complete by hand.

Once it is all combined flip out of bowl onto a floured surface.  Cover with towel and let sit for 5 minutes.  Uncover and roll your dough out to the size of your pan.  Mine is pretty cool, it has holes in the bottom of it which makes the crust really crispy.  Once the dough is on the pan place in the oven at 450 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

While the pizza crust is doing it’s first bake through cut up 1/2 an onion and shred up your chicken if it isn’t already.  We get rotisserie chickens from Costco so I cut off about half the chicken to use.  In a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add your onions and chicken.  Saute until onions are soft (this will just heat your chicken up since it’s already cooked) around 5 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

When the pizza crust has cooked for 12-14 minutes take it out of the oven and assemble the rest of the ingredients on the top of it.  Ricotta cheese, chicken & onions then the Italian Shredded cheese.  Place back into over for another 15 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

About 5 minutes before your pizza is out of the oven add the blackberry preserves and 3 Tbs water to a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil letting the preserves breakdown to create a sauce. Once pizza is cooked right before serving sprinkle some chopped basil and blackberry sauce on top.  And here you are….

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce
A sweet & savory combination on a homemade pizza crust. While this has a long and fancy name trust me it comes together quickly with the use of rotisserie chicken.
White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pizza Crust
White Pizza Toppings
Blackberry Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pizza Crust
White Pizza Toppings
Blackberry Sauce
White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Pizza Crust
  1. Start with the crust. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. See photo above in the collage to make sure yours has the same consistency.
  2. Add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Start by stirring with a spatula then complete by hand. Once it is all combined flip out of bowl onto a floured surface.
  3. Cover with towel and let sit for 5 minutes. Uncover and roll your dough out to the size of your pan.
  4. Once the dough is on the pan place in the oven at 450 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
White Pizza Toppings
  1. While the pizza crust is doing it's first bake through cut up 1/2 an onion and shred up your chicken if it isn't already. In a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add your onions and chicken. Saute until onions are soft around 5 minutes.
  2. Once your pizza crust has cooked for 12-14 minutes take it out of the oven and assemble the rest of the ingredients on the top of it. Ricotta cheese, chicken & onions then the Italian Shredded cheese. Place back into over for another 15 minutes.
  3. Right before serving sprinkle some chopped basil and blackberry sauce on top.
Blackberry Sauce
  1. About 5 minutes before your pizza is out of the oven add the blackberry preserves and 3 Tbs water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil letting the preserves breakdown to create a sauce.
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