Slow Boat to China #SundaySupper

I call this a ‘retro’ recipe because I think anytime I bring it up-someone my age inevitably knows exactly what I’m talking about.  When I say, ‘the rice one with celery’ or any other version of that.  Both my grandmothers made it, then my mom and now me.  In my new take on a classic I use quick cooking rice so there is nothing ‘slow’ about about my Slow Boat to China recipe.

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Doesn’t making food from your childhood bring back the best memories?  Sometimes I get the recipe directly from the source or like this one I had to wing it.  While it was a staple I had growing up it is one of those recipes that has possibly changed so much over the years that it probably isn’t the original at all.

When I first wanted to make it I did some research and found that most of the recipes used the same basic ingredients-rice, beef, celery, cream of mushroom and soy sauce.   My first couple test runs were…bland.  And frankly nothing like I ate as a child.  It was missing the ‘Stroganoff ‘ element that I remembered.  So that’s easy, add sour cream!  Now use quick cooking rice and I had myself a dinner that was quick and delicious.  So now on to the food.

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Start first by cooking the rice according to package directions.  Add 2 beef bouillon cubes to the rice and water so that while it cooks the cubes dissolve and the flavor gets throughout the rice.  In a skillet cook the ground beef until completely cooked all the way through.  Chop the onions and clean and chop the celery while it cooks.  Once the beef is cooked thoroughly remove from heat then drain the beef and set aside.  I use a strainer and bowl to make sure all the grease gets out.

Take a paper towel and clean any grease out of the bottom of the pan so you can use it to cook the onions and celery.  Add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it.  Place the onions and celery in and start sautee and cook until tender, around 7 minutes.  I like to lave the celery just a little crunchy.  Now return the drained beef to the pan.

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In a bowl combine the items for the sauce: cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, milk, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce.  Mix until well combined. Pour over the beef mixture.  Once the rice is cooked add both cups to the pan with the beef and sauce mix.  Stir it all up then cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm everything through completely.  Serve with some warm buttered biscuits or croissants.  And here you….

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Slow Boat to China
Quick cooking rice updates this retro recipe from your childhood. Ground beef, sauteed onions and celery combine with a creamy sauce and comes together for a quick comforting meal perfect for busy nights.
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Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
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Slow Boat to China | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions. Add 2 beef bouillon cubes to the rice and water.
  2. In a skillet cook the ground beef until completely cooked all the way through. Once the beef is cooked thoroughly remove from heat then drain the beef and set aside.
  3. Chop the onions and clean and chop the celery.
  4. To the same pan add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it. Place the onions and celery in and start sautee and cook until tender, around 7 minutes.
  5. In a bowl combine the items for the sauce: cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, milk, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Mix until well combined. Pour over the beef mixture.
  6. Once the rice is cooked add both cups to the pan with the beef and sauce mix.
  7. Stir it all up then cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm everything through completely. Serve with some warm buttered biscuits or croissants. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…..

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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.
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Course Main Dish
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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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Loaded Cheese Fries

It has been a long week for a Michigander!  We’ve had 3, yes I said 3, snow days this week.   So to reminisce on the days of Summer for this Mitten Movie Night we fired up the smoker, a thing we do often when it’s warmer, to slow cook a bottom round roast.  It was the perfect addition to put on top of some Loaded Cheese Fries!

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For the beer we’re enjoying some Devil Dancer from Founders.  The movie, Lights Out.  I had wanted to see this in the theaters so bad because I LOVE scary movies but alas we just didn’t have time to go.  This is precisely why I love Mitten Movie Night because it gives me a chance to make great meals like a Pepper Steak Pizza or even special treats for the kids like these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms and catch up on a movie we’ve been waiting to see. Thank you Netflix! So now on to the recipe.

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A key that I’ve found to smoking meat is ‘prior preparation’.  The night before take the meat and put it into a great brine and make sure to give it at least 8 hours in the refrigerator.  We use a brine of Coca-Cola, garlic & onion powders, kosher salt, molasses and apple cider vinegar.  Before putting the meat into the smoker pat it dry then generously cover with a dry rub like this Bayou Black from Legion of Spice.  I also used their Jerk seasoning to make these amazing Jerk Chicken Sandwiches which has been my most popular recipe on the blog to date.  Follow your smokers user directions for cooking time but it generally is 1 Hour per 1 Pound of meat.  This roast took an 2-1/2 hours.  Turn off heat.  Take out the roast and cover with tinfoil and return to smoker to rest for 20 minutes.

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About a half hour before the meat is done prepare the bagged fries according to package directions.  I grabbed a bag of Alexia Organics Fries from the grocery store.  Now let me tell you-I’ve used other types of frozen fries before and never liked the way they came out.  Usually soggy and never crispy.  These however were phenomenal and not to mention easier than making my own.  For the toppings chop up some tomatoes and jalapenos. Sautee an onion in some butter.  Get some parsley for added flair.  Whip up a quick cheese sauce by creating a roux with butter and milk then add cheese.

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The smoked roast came out perfect.  Juicy and moist with a slight crust on it from the rub.  It came out medium/rare with the cooking method I mentioned above but as always with meat cook to your preference and follow food safety guidelines.  Now time to assemble!

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start with a french fry base, add sweet onions, tomatoes and jalapenos, the meat that has been cut into strips then finally smother in cheese sauce.  Garnish with parsley and here you are…..

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Loaded Cheese Fries
Crisp french fries loaded with all the goodies like tomatoes, jalapenos, smoked beef and a smooth and creamy cheese sauce. Perfect for sharing...if you want!
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
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Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
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Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
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Instructions
Brine/Rub
  1. On the stove top heat up all the ingredients in a small pan. Let come to a boil then remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Once cooled put in a baking dish with the meat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  3. Before putting the meat into the smoker pat it dry then generously cover with a dry rub. Follow your smokers user directions for cooking time but it generally is 1 Hour per 1 Pound of meat. This roast took an 2-1/2 hours. Turn off the smoker. Take out and cover with tinfoil and return to smoker to rest another 20 minutes.
Cheese Sauce
  1. Melt butter in a small pan. Gradually add flour. Then gradually add milk. Once it's all combined add cheese to mixture. Stir until melted. Use to top the french fries.
French Fries & Topping
  1. Prepare bagged fries to package directions.
  2. For the toppings chop up some tomatoes and jalapenos. Sautee an onion in some butter.
  3. Assemble by starting with a french fry base, add sweet onions, tomatoes and jalapenos, the meat that has been cut into strips then finally smother in cheese sauce. Garnish with parsley. Enjoy!
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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup

Well, we missed the snow!  Last Saturday we hightailed it out of here when it just started sleeting and missed the light dusting that came soon after.  Where did we head to you might ask?  Oh, a little place called ‘Disney’!  While Michigan had it’s first cold spell we were basking in the sun, swimming & riding roller coasters. It was a great trip but now it’s time to settle into the reality that Winter is coming.  I’m okay with that–because I get to celebrate Mitten Movie Night snuggled up while the wind howls drinking some craft beer and enjoying a warm bowl of soup.  My Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup to be exact.

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten

With this soup recipe we’re having Accumulation from New Belgium.  New Belgium has some of the best seasonal beers and this is one of my favorites.  A White IPA perfectly pairs with the beefy bacon and tang of the tomato base in this bean and bacon soup.  The tomato comes from a favorite of mine, condensed soup.  This time of year I can get such a great deal on them so I stock up.  Adding it to recipes like my Cream of Chicken Bake or just for heating up to dip grilled cheese in.

For the movie we’re watching Elf.  Will Ferrell is my favorite actor.  As I mentioned before I really think he’s one of Hollywood’s hottest.  I also need to watch a holiday movie because after spending Thanksgiving week in Florida I’ll be honest, I kind of forgot that it even IS the holidays.  When we got to the hotel in Disney they were playing Christmas songs and it was decorated but something just felt ‘off’ about it.

Don’t get me wrong, Disney World does a fantastic job, but they do not have the two things that make the season for a Michigander and that’s bone chilling cold and the possibility of a White Christmas.  It may seem like I’m a State snob but I’m not Michigan has ‘Winter Wonderland’ in spades and we do it better than most.  Time to reset my mind now that we’re home.  So enough about that…let’s get back to the food!

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This Thirteen Bean mix came from Fresh Thyme Market in Mishawaka, IN.  We’ve been to this store a few times but just decided to peruse the loose bins section.  The convenience of filling the bags with just the amount I needed and the ‘required’ gummy worms that Little A was unable to leave the store without was great.  If you can’t find a bean combination I’m sure a great northern bean would work as well.

Starting off soak your beans for 6-8 hours in cold water.  Drain the water and rinse them when it’s time to cook the soup.  Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a large stock pot with the beans then set to medium heat.  Now dice the bacon and cook to the preferred doneness.

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While the bacon is cooking chop the onions, garlic and carrots.  When bacon has cooked remove and put on a plate with a paper towel. Reserve 1 Tbs of the bacon grease.  Add onions, garlic and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and sautee for 5 minutes. Let the veggies slightly softened.  To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.

Into the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.  Set to low/medium heat then cover and let it do it’s thing for around 1-1/2 hours.  Chop up some green onion for the top and here you are….

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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup
Who knew that making a delicious soup could be so simple and taste as good as the canned original? Hearty beans and smoky bacon make for a cozy winter meal.
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Course Main Dish
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  1. Soak beans for 6-8 hours in cold water. Drain the water and rinse them.
  2. Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a covered pot with the beans then set to medium heat.
  3. Dice and cook bacon to desired doneness.
  4. Chop the onions, garlic and carrots. When bacon has cooked remove the bacon and put on a plate with a paper towel reserving 1 Tbs of the bacon grease. Add onions, garlic and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and sautee for 5 minutes until the veggies have slightly softened. To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.
  5. To the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.
  6. Set to low/medium heat and let it do it's thing for around 1-1/2 hours.
  7. Place in a serving bowl and add chopped green onions if desired. Enjoy!
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Double Batch Smashed Beans

I call this ‘Double Batch’ for two reasons.  The first, I’m taking two beans made in two separate ways and smashing them together.  The second, I like quirky names.  So therefore Double Batch Smashed Beans it is!  A delicious side dish for your burrito and taco nights.

Doubel Batch Smashed Beans from Bottom Left of the Mitten

The steps for this are ridiculously easy.  So instead of just opening a plain old can of refried beans and stopping there why not just go a few steps further?  Might as well, right?  Melt 1 Tbs butter.  Sautee 1/2 the onions, 1/2 the tomatoes and the garlic.  Add both cans of beans to the pan.   Smash with a potato smasher to combine.  Bonus if you have any angst on the day these are prepared you can take it out on the beans.  Smash it, smash it good!

Double Batch Smashed Beans from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Cook for around 10 minutes stirring every few minutes until completely heated through. Place in an oven proof dish.  Sprinkle with cheese then place in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Top with tomatoes and green onions.  Now you have a lovely side dish that was so easy to make.  Maybe pair it with my Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas or Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles.  And here you are….

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Double Batch Smashed Beans
Two types of beans, chili & refried, are smashed together then topped with melted cheese. A new type of side dish for your burrito and taco nights.
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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Instructions
  1. Melt 1 Tbs butter. Sautee 1/2 the onions, 1/2 the tomatoes and the garlic.
  2. Add both cans of beans to the pan.
  3. Smash with a potato smasher to combine.
  4. Cook for around 10 minutes stirring every few minutes until completely heated through.
  5. Place in an oven proof dish. Sprinkle with cheese then place in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Top with reserved onions and tomatoes. Enjoy!
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Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

You know….I love carbs.  I L-O-V-E them.  Bread! Pasta! YUM! But I honestly don’t love them as much as I love zucchini.  Oh, zucchini!  Such a diverse veggie whether I fry it, put it in some muffins or making zoodles like these there are so many ways to make it delicious.  How about adding one of my families favorites to it? Yes! So now we have a new recipe to add to our dinner routine, Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles.

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

It’s funny to think that this was one of my very first recipes that I put on my blog.  Looking back almost 8 months in I have realized how far I’ve come with my photos so I’m going through and giving them a fresher look.  And this one needed it….badly!  While the pictures were bad I will give myself a little credit in the fact that I had basically 0.2% experience in photography.  Knew nothing about food styling (still working on that).  Didn’t have a clue about blogging.  I just knew that I wanted to share my food, family and what I enjoy.  So I jumped in and here I am.  Learning more every day about photography, writing and sharing.  Really hoping that it will continue to grow from here.  Ok, enough about me-on to the recipe that got this all started only with better pictures.

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First, let’s start off with the meatballs. You can use any beef flavor rice you like or even shake it up with different flavors but I always stick to the beef flavored as I find it give the best taste.   Cook the rice according to package directions then……and this is *Important*…let it cool! Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg.  Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.

At this time preheat the oven to 350 degree.   Prepare your ‘zoodles’ using a spirilizer.  Chop onions, garlic, green peppers.  Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil.  Put onto another baking sheet then put both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

Porcupine Meatball with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce.  Assemble this beautiful ‘paasta’ take all the vegetables and zoodles, top with meatballs then finally pour sauce over the top of your meatballs.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and here you are….

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Tender turkey mixed with beefy rice to make the perfect meatball. Place atop zucchini noddles and chunky vegetables. Cover with spaghetti sauce & top with Parmesan for a different kind of 'spaghetti & meatballs'.
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Porcupine Meatballs
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Porcupine Meatballs
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions then…...and this is *Important*…let it cool!
  2. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg. Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
Zoodles
  1. Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spirilizer. Chop onions, garlic, green peppers. Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil. Put onto another baking sheet.
  2. Both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.
  3. In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!
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Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce

TGIF!   Friday means Mitten Movie Night.  I have prepared something really special.  It was a few step process but really required more waiting than working.  First I put the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker.  Then I braised the pork and put it in the oven.  Whisked the Asian BBQ sauce.  Chilled the beer.  I recommend this Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce on a cool Fall day when your lounging on the couch binge watching Netflix wanting to put much effort into a great meal.

Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Tonight along with the meal we are drinking Fifth Voyage Coconut Porter from Cranker’s Brewery.  This was part of a ‘I Love Michigan’ Craft Beer pack that we picked up at Meijer.  I really enjoyed this pack since it let us try a few different beers from all over the state. Like a little travel without the…travel.  On second thought, that isn’t fun! One of mine & hubby’s favorite ‘us’ time thing to do is take mini-vacations to check out the craft beer scene. Our last trip was to Toledo & Cleveland, Ohio.  While we were there we even visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Christmas Story house!  I’m a huge history nerd so this trip had tons to offer–and did I mention these cities also have great craft beer?

For entertainment we’re watching The Boss.  I have been binging on funny stuff all week after the premier of The Walking Dead Sunday.  Done. Over. I cannot handle anything remotely scary or stomach turning…..until this Sunday when I watch it again.  Sorry, I’ve invested too much time to quit now.  Alright! So onto the meal (unless your having TWD flashbacks then come back later).  As I mentioned I made this meal in stages.  For the sweet potatoes I wash them and then put them in a crock pot for 6 hours.  Done! See didn’t I say that was easy?

For the pork in an oven proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.  Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven.  Cook for 1 hour.  Take out of oven then add 1 cup water.  Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.   When the pork comes out so tender it shreds easily.   Now your ready for the sauce!

Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato from Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the Asian BBQ sauce whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil.  Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork.  Save the remainder for topping.

Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Split top of sweet potato with a knife.  Stuff with pulled pork then before serving add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes.  Garnish with chopped parsley.  And here you are….

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Creamy sweet potatoes topped with tender pulled pork. Finished with a sweet & tangy Asian BBQ sauce. Perfect slow cooked comfort food with minimal effort.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
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potatoes
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Pork & Sweet Potatoes
Asian BBQ Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Servings
potatoes
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Pork & Sweet Potatoes
Asian BBQ Sauce
Instructions
Sweet Potatoes
  1. Add washed potatoes to slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Asian BBQ Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil. Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork. Save the remainder for topping.
  2. Split top of sweet potato with a knife. Stuff with pulled pork.
  3. Right before serving add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes. Garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Pork
  1. For the pork in an oven proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides. Then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.
  2. Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven. Cook for 1 hour. Take out of oven then add 1 cup water. Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.
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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza #SundaySupper

Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own!  Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes.  Baked to gooey perfection.  Forget traditional crust and make this Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Where we live we are about 2 hours from many major cities.  That means we can stay home or go visit Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo (their craft beer scene is awesome~I highly suggest giving it a try) or Chicago.  While we don’t hit Chicago very often we were able for a time to get real deep dish at a Gino’s East location that they had about a half hour from us in Granger, Indiana.  Sadly though it closed.  So it was up to make the thick pizza that I loved so much!  Other than the sausage that comes on an authentic Gino’s East, which is amazing, I think I pulled it off a pretty good copycat.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start off with your crust.  This recipe is very similar to my White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce with the exception of reducing the flour and adding cornmeal to the dough.  It gives it that crunchy texture that most deep dish pizzas have.  Gather your ingredients….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  You should see bubbles are formed on the top of the water/yeast mixture.  Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil.  Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.

Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface.  Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan.  Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan.  Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.  Take out of the oven and now it’s time to load it up!  Layer cheese, filling, more cheese then top with the drained tomatoes.  It’s very important that the tomatoes are drained because you don’t want the juice making your crust soggy.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

My filling is a combination of Italian sausage, hamburger, mushrooms, green peppers, olives, onions, garlic cloves mixed with Italian seasonings and tomato paste.  I will put the full ingredients below but this is your pizza please add whatever you like!  A great crust, lots of cheese and the crushed tomatoes really are what make a deep dish what it is.  A blank slate to add whatever toppings you like.  Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.  And here you are….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own! Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes. Baked to gooey perfection.
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Deep Dish Crust
  1. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. Add flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil. Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface. Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan. Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan. Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.
Sausage Filling
  1. Brown sausage and hamburger. Add onions, green peppers, olives, mushroom and garlic. Cook all together the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add in tomato paste, Italian herbs and sugar. Take off heat. Add to pizza in a thick layer.
  3. Take crust out of oven. Load with layers like this: -1/2 Cheese -Filling -Remaining Cheese -Drained tomatoes
  4. Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces and 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…..

Cream of Chicken Bake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Cream of Chicken Bake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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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Portobello Mushroom Burger

One thing that I really love about blogging is sharing.  And one of my favorite ways of doing that is through my Instagram.  Now mine may not be the most beautiful but whether it’s what I made for dinner last night or my kid crying on the ground it is an honest portrayal of me & my family.  Messy at times but mostly beautiful.

Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten

When I first got on IG I started something I hashtagged #MittenMovieNight.  Usually Friday nights hubby & I enjoy a few craft beers and watch a movie.  I snap what we are drinking and watching and tag it with this hashtag.  I look forward to this fun little night and I also look forward to sharing it.  So I thought, hey why not add a recipe to go along with it.  YEAH!  Dinner, Movie, Craft Beer!  So without further ado……

Portobello Mushroom Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Let’s start with what we are eating, Portobello Mushroom Burger.  Next what we’re watching, The Bronze.  I love dark comedies! Lastly, what we are drinking: Lost Dune from New Holland Brewing in Holland, Michigan.  While I am not a huge blueberry fan I do love coriander and this is fruity & refreshing.  Pairs very well with the woody meatiness of the mushroom and the sweetness of the onions & peppers.  Let’s get cooking.  Gather your ingredients…..

Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start with the Basil Mayonnaise.  In a food processor combine basil, garlic and salt.  While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.  Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.  Cover and refrigerate.  This will keep for around 3 days.

Basil Mayo from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Mix the marinade ingredients together.   Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.  Set aside. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out. Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them.  Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Portobello Mushroom Burger Marinade from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Chop peppers and onion.  Saute in 2 Tbs. of butter for 5 minutes.  Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan.  With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers.  Top with mozzarella cheese.

Portobello Mushroom BUrger from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Cook at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.  In the last 5 minutes of cooking the mushrooms I put butter on my split rolls and put them in the oven as well to crisp up the buns.  Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo.  Add mushroom burger.  And here you are…..

Portobello Mushroom Burger with Basil Mayo from Bottom Left of the Mitten

I would love to know if you made this!  Follow & tag #MittenMovieNight on Instagram.

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

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Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes of this burger perfectly. ~Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Portobello Mushroom Burger
Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this burger perfectly.
Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
Basil Mayonnaise
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
Basil Mayonnaise
Portobello Mushroom Burger from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Basil Mayonnaise
  1. In a food processor combine basil, garlic and salt. While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.
  2. Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate. This will keep for around 3 days.
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together. Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out.
  3. Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them. Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Chop peppers and onion. Saute in 2 Tbs. of butter for 5 minutes.
  5. Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan. With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers. Top with mushrooms.
  6. Cook at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.
  7. Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo. Add mushroom burger. Enjoy!
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