Toad In The Hole

Welcome to Mitten Movie Night the Royal Wedding Edition!  Tonight I tried my hand at a classic English dish, Toad In The Hole.  Savory sausage is baked on top of a simple bread ‘pudding’.  Top with an Mustard-Onion gravy and you have a meal fit for a King.

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I haven’t ever had Toad In The Hole before I knew that it was going to be something that I would love.  Meat, onions, carbs….GRAVY!!!  Of course I had to add some Michigan appeal to this dish by using Beer Brats made with Founder’s Dirty Bastard Craft Beer.  We eat these a lot during the Summer and they worked great in this recipe.

While I did do some research about favorite beers of England I felt like I would rather share a Michigan beer that I felt was fitting not only with the meal but also the name, Soft Parade from Short’s Brewing.  This beer is full of fruit flavor: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.  Fruit beers pair so well with dishes that aren’t exactly complex in flavor and that’s why a simple sausage dish like this is perfectly contrasted with this beer. Plus the name gets you in the mood for the ‘procession’ that the Royal Wedding will have.  See how I did that?  Wink, wink….I know it was a weak analogy but like most things I’m going with it!  Now on to the meal.

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So after going through about a million recipes I settled on this one from Cooking Channel TV for Toad in the Hole with Mustard-Onion Gravy.  For the base it’s just flour, salt, eggs and milk.  To one bowl add the flour and salt.  In another bowl add the milk and eggs then whisk to combine.  Slowly add the milk and egg mixture to the flour whisking it together to make a batter.

Simple enough but then the trick seemed to be what you do with it once the ingredients are mixed together.  Half the recipes said to just keep it out on the counter for 10-30 minutes.  The other half said that you had to keep it in the refrigerator overnight or at least a few hours to set.  What I did was make the batter in the morning and put in the refrigerator until I was ready to make this about 6 hours later.

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The other part of this recipe that was in all of them was heating up the pan you are cooking the pudding and sausages in.  About an hour before you are ready to put this on the table take the batter out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Now put the pan you plan on baking this in into the oven.  I used a metal pan because I was worried about adding the cold batter to a hot pan would break it.  Next brown the sausages in a pan on the stove with 1 Tbs oil.  Brown all sides which takes about 8 minutes but don’t worry about cooking all the way through.  Reserve any oil in the pan for the gravy.

Carefully take the pan out of the oven then add a small bit of oil to that pan.  You can spray or add the oil then spread with a paper towel but please use caution since the pan is extremely hot. Now add the batter and top with the sausages.  Return it to the oven and cook for 45 minutes.

For the gravy use the reserved oil you left from cooking the brats and add the thinly sliced onions.  Using very low heat cook them down slowly for about 10 minutes.  To the onions add the flour and stir to coat.  Now add the beef broth, mustard.  Continue cooking down until it thickens to a gravy consistency.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Take out the Toad In The Hole from the oven.  Slice and serve topped with gravy.  And here you are……

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Toad In a Hole
I tried my hand at a classic English dish, Toad In The Hole. Savory sausage is baked on top of a simple bread 'pudding'. Top with an onion gravy and you have a meal fit for a King.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Toad In The Hole
Mustard-Onion Gravy
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Toad In The Hole
Mustard-Onion Gravy
Toad In The Hole | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Toad In The Hole
  1. To one bowl add the flour and salt. In another bowl add the milk and eggs then whisk to combine. Slowly add the milk and egg mixture to the flour whisking it together to make a batter.
  2. Keep batter on the counter for 10-30 minutes or keep in the refrigerator up to overnight if you like.
  3. Take the batter out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put just the pan you plan on baking this in into the oven.
  4. Next brown the sausages in a pan on the stove with 1 Tbs oil. Brown all sides which takes about 8 minutes but don't worry about cooking all the way through. Reserve any oil in the pan for the gravy.
  5. Carefully take the pan out of the oven then add a small bit of oil to that pan. You can spray or add the oil then spread with a paper towel but please use caution since the pan is extremely hot. Now add the batter and top with the sausages. Return it to the oven and cook for 45 minutes.
Mustard-Onion Gravy
  1. For the gravy use the reserved oil you left from cooking the brats and add the thinly sliced onions. Using very low heat cook them down slowly for about 10 minutes.
  2. To the onions add the flour and stir to coat. Now add the beef broth, mustard. Continue cooking down until it thickens to a gravy consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Take out the Toad In The Hole from the oven. Slice and serve topped with gravy. Enjoy!

Chicken & Mushroom Subs

Not looking to spend a lot of time on dinner? Then I have the perfect sandwich for your busy Friday night. Chicken & Mushroom Subs on a steamed bun. Using pre-cooked chicken, sliced mushrooms and shredded cheese this is a one pan wonder that will easily become your go to meal for the warm weather season.

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Well we are heading into Mother’s Day weekend with lots of rain and dreary weather on this Mitten Movie Night. Trying not to get too down because we have really had great weather lately and it really was a long time coming. Since it’s rainy out tonight we will stay in and make these easy sandwiches and enjoy a cold Latitude 42 Michigan Honey Amber.  This beer is such a unique mix of honey and citrus. The nice thing about this chicken sandwich is that it pairs so well with a big flavor craft beer like this.  For me the perfect meal is this-a great beer and sandwich.  Tonight we are watching Super Troopers! We had date night last weekend and watched Super Troopers 2 so naturally we have to go back and re-watch the original classic. Now on to the sandwich.

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Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees and grease a sheet pan. This sandwich is a great use of cooked chicken. If you have a rotisserie chicken on hand shred it up.  Did you cook some chicken in the crock-pot and have some leftover? Great!  Even boil 2 chicken breasts on the stove top. Whichever way you choose to cook your chicken breast shred it then add to the pan.  On top of that add the sliced mushrooms. Pop into the oven and cook for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes take the pan out of the oven and add the cheese then put pan back into the oven for another 5 minutes to let the cheese melt.

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For the buns I decided that I wanted them to be steamed and not toasted.  I tried a little trick to steam buns in the microwave that I found online and it worked really well! Just leave them in the plastic bag (of course remove the bag tie first which could have metal on it) then microwave for 30 seconds, viola! Fresh steamed buns.

The sauce is simply made by combining 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 2 Tbs Caesar dressing.  This adds a creamy layer of flavor to the sandwich.  Slather the sauce on the buns then slide the chicken, mushroom and cheese filling on to each bun.  Pair with some chips.  I recommend Better Made Garlic Dill Pickle!  And here you are……

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Chicken & Mushroom Subs
Warmed buns are the perfect vehicle for chicken and mushrooms with lots and lots of cheese. This sub is quick to make and fast to the table for lunch or dinner.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Chicken & Mushrooms
Dressing
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Chicken & Mushrooms
Dressing
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a sheet pan. To the pan add the cooked and shredded chicken. On top of that add the sliced mushrooms. Put into the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. After 10 minutes take the pan out of the oven and add the cheese then put pan back into the oven for another 5 minutes to let the cheese melt.
  3. To steam the buns leave them in the plastic bag (remove the bag tie first which could have metal on it) then microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Slather the sauce on the buns then add the chicken, mushroom and cheese filling to each bun. Pair with some chips. Enjoy!
Dressing
  1. Combine 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 2 Tbs Caesar dressing.

Hacienda Torta Cubana

Did you know that this weekend kicks off not only Cinco De Mayo but also the Kentucky Derby?  Double celebrations for this Mitten Movie Night.  Who is ready to party?  I know I am.  For this very special day I made this copycat recipe that I really love from a very popular restaurant, Hacienda.  Really going out for this recipe I made the bread from scratch then piled it high with slow cooked pork, ham, cheese and a special spicy sauce to top it off.

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What are your plans this weekend?  We are actually going to have our first date night in awhile Saturday. We might go to a non-kids movie or a brewery to watch the Derby.  What do you do when you and your significant other have a little time off?

For tonight though we are easting this Torta Cubana and enjoying some Latitude 42 Brewing Company Nectar of the Goddess.  I really love this beer it is fruity and perfect for the warmer weather. Complimenting the sweet and spicy topping on this sandwich and cut the salty taste of the pork and ham.  Now on to the recipe!

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As I said in the intro I made the bread for this sandwich from scratch.  This Salsa Bread was so good and I was pleased at how well it took off on the blog.  In fact, just two days it is now my #1 post on the blog.  If you do not want to make the bread from scratch any sandwich bun will work.

Need a use for leftover pulled pork?

Then this sandwich is the perfect use for that.  When I recently made my Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese I got the pork on a great deal and cooked it all at once.  I used half for that recipe then the other half for this one.

The amount of ingredients should make 6 sandwiches.  Divide the pork and ham up and you will make each of these made-to-order style in one pan. To a pan add the pulled pork and ham.  Start to cook it over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Flip the meat.  Butter the bottoms of the bread with some butter then add to the pan butter side down.  Add cheese to the top of meat then cook for another 2-3 minutes until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted. Remove and stack the sandwich on a plate and then prepare the Apricot Sriracha Sauce.

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While the description for the sauce on this is ‘Spicy Chipotle’ I decided to use one of my favorite condiments, sriracha.  Mix together some Apricot Jelly and sriracha according to taste but use the general recipe below to what I use and adjust from there.

Assemble the sandwich with warm and toasted salsa bread.  Pile high with the pork, ham and cheese.  Add the pickles and the sauce.  Top off this deliciousness with the last piece of bread.  And here you are….

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Hacienda Torta Cubana
Spicy Salsa Bread is stacked high with pulled pork, salty ham, cheese and pickles setting. Spread with Apricot Sriracha jelly. The perfect sandwich for when your looking for an out of the ordinary dinner.
Hacienda Torta Cubana | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Torta Cubana Sandwich
Apricot Srircha Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Torta Cubana Sandwich
Apricot Srircha Sauce
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Salsa Bread

Need a break from ordinary bread? Don’t have all day to spend making a loaf of bread from scratch? Enter Salsa Bread.  A quick bread recipe full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches or even as a side to spice up taco night.

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As I’ve stated many times before I really haven’t had the easiest time learning how to bake. I like to stick to hearty meals that can be paired with beer. The closest I get is jazzing up boxed cake mix for sweet or pizza crust for savory.  However I was willing to give baking a try so I could make this bread for a specific sandwich I am trying to recreate.

After a little searching I found and baked this recipe for Dill Pickle Bread from Delish. It turned out fabulous and the recipe was so simple that I figured it was a perfect one to adapt for this.  Guess what?  It turned out exactly how I wanted.  Yeah! So now on to the recipe.

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First let’s start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and make the salsa.  In a food processor combine the drained tomato with green chilies, jalapenos, garlic cloves, cumin and red onion.  Pulse until there are no longer chunks and it has a slightly soupy consistency.

In another bowl or mixer start to make the bread base.  Add sour cream, vegetable oil, egg and salsa mixture.  Stir to mix all the wet ingredients together.  Now start adding dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

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Prepare a bread loaf pan with spray or oil then add dough to the pan.  Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then slice and eat.  And here you are…..

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Salsa Bread
An easy quick bread recipe full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches or even as a side to spice up taco night.
Salsa Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Salsa Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a food processor combine the drained tomato with green chilies, jalapenos, garlic cloves, cumin and red onion. Pulse until there are no longer chunks and it has a slightly soupy consistency.
  3. In another bowl or mixer start to make the bread base. Add sour cream, vegetable oil, egg and salsa mixture. Stir to mix all the wet ingredients together. Now start adding dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  4. Prepare a bread loaf pan with spray or oil then add dough to the pan. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle.
  5. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then slice and eat. Enjoy!

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Welcome to the first Mitten Movie Night of Spring! We are ready to settle in and start enjoying the warmer weather.  Today I am sharing a recipe that is inspired by a wonderful meal that we had while on our Spring Break trip to Florida, Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese.

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A little more on the backstory of where this recipe originated from.  This year was the first year that we actually ventured out of Michigan for Spring Break. The Winter has been long and we were all in need of some serious Sunshine.  So we headed down to a place that I grew up going to as a kid – Venice, Florida. Right on the Gulf of Mexico we couldn’t have asked for a better place to get away from it all….well expect for the traffic with everyone else having the same idea…but I digress and do not want to complain because this was easily one of my favorite vacations we’ve ever had.  I mean look at this picture of the boys heading down to the beach.  A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

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While we were in Florida we visited my friend and her family who hosted us for Easter.  Visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter & Hope.  Then enjoyed lots of time at the pool, the beach and eating really good food.  On the suggestion of one of the residents at the condo we headed over to Darrell’s BBQ. It was a treat because anyone with kids and driving 24 hours to get to a location knows it means lots of fast food and we were ready for a sit down meal.  The husband had the pulled pork platter, Big A had a burger and Little A and I shared a big bowl of Mac & Cheese with piles of pork and sweet BBQ sauce.  It was so good and one that I kept note of so I could make it as soon as we got home.

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Let’s start with the pulled pork.  For this recipe I made the pork in the slow cooker.  You can easily smoke the meat if you like but I ran short on time and really didn’t feel like pulling out the smoker so the slow cooker worked just as good.  Mix the beef broth and seasonings in the bottom of the crock pot and add the pork. Set for 6-8 hours on low and the pork is ready to be taken out and pulled.

About 20 minutes before the pork is ready to come out start the macaroni and cheese. Boil the pasta according to package directions.  Once it is done remove from the pan, drain and set aside in another bowl.  To the pot you cooked the pasta add the butter and over medium heat melt the butter.  Once it has melted stir the flour into the butter until it is slightly smooth (you may see some lumps) then add the milk.  Stir until combines and you have a nice sauce appearance.  Now add the nutmeg, pepper, garlic powder then finally add the 3 different cheeses.  Make sure you stir the whole time.  See how awesome this sauce comes out. The ‘pull’ of the cheese.  Thick enough to coat all the noodles.  Another word for it is ‘cheesetastic’.

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Now add the noodles to the pot and stir to get all the sauce all over the noodles.  Now set out a plate and add the mac and cheese.  Heap some pulled pork on there.  Drizzle with BBQ sauce (I recommend my Best BBQ Sauce).  Finish off with pickled red onions and jalapenos.

Even though most of this post talks about Florida I am a Michigan girl and happy to be home because we do have some of the best craft beer in the country.  Wouldn’t you know we came back just in time for the release of Hopsoulution Double IPA from Bell’s.  And here you are….

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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
Creamy homemade macaroni and cheese is topped with tender pulled pork and sweet BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your looking for cheesy decadence.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pulled Pork
Mac and Cheese
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pulled Pork
Mac and Cheese
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Instructions
Pulled Pork
  1. To a slow cooker add beef broth, onion powder, minced garlic and seasonings then set for 6-8 hours on low and the pork is ready to be taken out and pulled.
Mac and Cheese
  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Once it is done remove from the pan, drain and set aside in another bowl.
  2. To the pot you cooked the pasta add the butter and over medium heat melt the butter. Once it has melted stir the flour into the butter until it is slightly smooth (you may see some lumps) then add the milk. Stir until combines and you have a nice sauce appearance.
  3. Add the nutmeg, pepper, garlic powder then finally add the 3 different cheese. Make sure you stir the whole time.
  4. Add the noodles to the pot and stir to get all the sauce all over the noodles.
  5. To plate: Add the mac and cheese. Heap some pulled pork on there. Drizzle with BBQ sauce. Finish off with pickled red onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!

Salad Delight

This Mitten Movie Night I’m taking it to the tropics so Salad Delight it is! Don’t let the name fool you this ‘salad’ is a tropical fruit salad that is a sweet treat. Fruits, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.  I may not be able to escape to a warmer climate right now but I can make a tropical salad, sit under a bright light with sunglasses and sip on a mango sour beer.  Sounds good, huh?

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With this I am serving it as a side with some slider sandwiches.  A perfect beer to pair this with is In The Flesh from Two Brothers Artisan Brewing.  I’m a really big fan of sour beers and this one made with mango is on the top of my favorites list. The sourness does cut the sweetness of the salad. Delicious!

Recommended watching: We are catching up on a new to us show, Atlanta.  If you are a fan of Donald Glover either the show he started in Community or his music you will see him at his finest in this drama.  A little thing you may not know about him thought (and no he is NOT related to Danny Glover) he was actually discovered by Tina Fey and wrote for my favorite show ever, 30 Rock.  Now on to the ‘salad’ that’s not a salad at all.

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While I do usually like to have pictures of each step there simply was no reason for it.  All you have to do is set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw.  You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator.  Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.  Next open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too.  You don’t want it making your salad runny.

In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.  In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter.  Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes.  Take off the stove and let cool.  Sprinkle on top of the salad.  And here you are…..

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Salad Delight
Don't let the name fool you this 'salad' is a sweet treat. Tropical fruits, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.
Salad Delight | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2-3 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2-3 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salad Delight | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw. You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator. Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.
  2. Next open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too. You don't want it making your salad runny.
  3. In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.
  4. In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter. Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes. Take off the stove and let cool.
  5. Sprinkle the coconut on top of the salad. Enjoy!

Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic

Looking to have a cozy Friday night in?  And how would you like to make up a chicken dinner that can be made all in one pan and bake while you lounge on the couch reading or watching movies? Am I speaking your language yet? This Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms and Garlic is the perfect dinner for a great night in.

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So tonight for Mitten Movie Night I made one of my favorites, a simple chicken dinner.  I love nothing more than chicken with a light gravy and mashed potatoes.  This meal paired so well with the White Chocolate Blonde from Grand Armory Brewing that we picked up when we were out hunting for Hopslam.  With only a hint of chocolate it went great with the meaty mushrooms, tender chicken and light sauce perfectly.

Recommended to watch: The Secret of Marrowbone.  This movie had me thinking about it long after it was over.  A little bit of horror with a surprise twist at the end.  So cuddle up because the weather is still cold and let’s get to the meal.

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Do you have a cast iron skillet?  If not this dish works well in a dutch oven too.  I’ve been using my cast iron like crazy since I got it this summer.  Before having one I always thought that it would be too intimidating but I was simply wrong about it. Easy to clean and you can make everything from burgers to dessert in it.

Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.  On the stove heat the pan and add the 1/4 cup olive oil. On a plate add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme.  Combine the spices and flour together then dredge each chicken piece into it then add them skin side down to the pan.  Cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes on the other side.  While the chicken is cooking chop the onion, clean the mushrooms and get the garlic peeled.

Once the chicken is cooked remove and put on a separate plate.  The chicken does not have to be cooked you just wanted to crisp up the skin.  To the same pan add 1 Tbs of butter.  With a spatula bring up the little bits on the bottom of the pan and add the onions.  Brown them until translucent for 2-3 minutes.  By now the kitchen should be smelling amazing!

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Now that the onions are cooked add the liquids: wine and chicken stock.  Add the chicken back to the pan.  Then finally add the mushrooms and garlic on top of that.  Turn off the heat to the skillet on the stove top then put the whole pan into the oven.

Cook the chicken for 60 minutes but to keep it moist every 15 minutes take a spoon and pour the juices from the pan over the chicken.  While it’s cooking make up some mashed potatoes and a vegetable side.  Plate it up and here you are…..

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Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic
Crispy chicken thighs bake in a light wine sauce with whole garlic cloves, onions and mushrooms. Break out the cast iron skillet and enjoy this one pan meal that is perfect for a great night in.
Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. On the stove heat the pan and add the 1/4 cup olive oil.
  2. On a plate add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme. Combine the spices and flour together then dredge each chicken piece into it then add them skin side down to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes on the other side.
  3. While the chicken is cooking chop the onion, clean the mushrooms and get the garlic peeled.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked remove and put on a separate plate. The chicken does not have to be cooked you just wanted to crisp up the skin. To the same pan add 1 Tbs of butter.
  5. With a spatula bring up the little bits on the bottom of the pan and add the onions. Brown them until translucent for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Now that the onions are cooked add the liquids: wine and chicken stock. Add the chicken back to the pan. Then finally add the mushrooms and garlic on top of that. Turn off the heat to the skillet on the stove top then put the whole pan into the oven.
  7. Cook the chicken for 60 minutes but to keep it moist every 15 minutes take a spoon and pour the juices from the pan over the chicken. Plate it up. Enjoy!

Stuffed Biscuits

One day Spring is going to get here and when it does I always like to have quick meals on hand that can be paired with quick side dishes too.  With soccer and wanting to be outside finally after a long Winter I want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the weather.  These stuffed biscuits are filled with ham and cheese and go from oven to table in less than 15 minutes.

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My cute Liz Lemon spoon from NobbinsBobbinsNBling is exactly how I’m feeling about Winter right now.  When I say ‘Winter’ you would think that maybe I’m just over snow but No. NO. How about rain, flooding, heavy winds and then yes again, snow.  This is the first year thought that I can honestly remember that school was closed because of flooding. Many schools in the area were closed and sadly some places had severe damage. It’s been close to 3 weeks and there are some areas that are still bad.  We are now in March though so…wait that am I saying because that means nothing in Michigan.  Just prepare the same and we will get to the nice weather eventually.  So enough about the cruddy weather on to the recipe!

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and open the can of biscuits.  Did you know that some people are actually scared to open tubed biscuits?  My best friend happens to be one of them!  So if you are make sure to have someone else do this for you.  The next step is why you need to make sure to use the ‘layered’ biscuits so that they can easily be split in the middle.

In your palm take the 1st half of the biscuit and press it down a little more so it’s a little larger.  Place a pinch of ham in the middle.  Then some cheese.  Now take the 2nd half of the biscuit and put it on top.  The bottom half should be a little larger so now fold the edges up and over the top to make little ‘pockets’. Pinch the sides to close it up completely.  When they bake some may not be 100% closed but that okay they should still all be in tact.

Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Place the biscuits onto a cookie baking sheet and continue with the rest of them.  Slide into the oven and cook for 14 minutes.  Make a quick side dish to go with it.  And here you are….

Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Print Recipe
Stuffed Biscuits
Need an easy lunch or dinner that everyone will love? Save time with these stuffed biscuits with ham and melted cheese. Oven to table in less than 15 minutes.
Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
biscuits
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
biscuits
Ingredients
Stuffed Biscuits | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and open the can of biscuits.
  2. Split each biscuit down the middle.
  3. In your palm take the 1st half of the biscuit and press it down a little more so it's a little larger.
  4. Place a pinch of ham in the middle. Then some cheese. Now take the 2nd half of the biscuit and put it on top. The bottom half should be a little larger so now fold the edges up and over the top to make little 'pockets'. Pinch the sides to close it up completely.
  5. Place the biscuits onto a cookie baking sheet and continue with the rest of them. Slide into the oven and cook for 14 minutes. Make a quick side dish to go with it. Enjoy!

Irish Stout Cake

Who says you can’t have your cake and enjoy a beer too? Pour a cup into this cake batter then enjoy the rest while the cake bakes.  This Irish Stout Cake is the perfect dessert for upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.  Did I mention that I made it with Michigan Craft Beer?  Celebrate the Holiday and Michigan in one sweet dessert that is so easy to make.

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I’m so excited this year to participate in #FoodBloggerLove recipe swap.  This event is all about showing the ‘love’ to other Food Bloggers and recreating their best recipes.  I am pairing up with Amy Bartlett over at Savory Moments.  There were so many wonderful recipes on her site that by the time I finally settled on one I had a bunch more on my list to make but once I landed on her Guinness Chocolate Cake I knew this was the perfect recipe.  Check out Amy on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and of course on her blog where she’s cooking it up in the kitchen – can you believe she does it all with twins running around?

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If you follow Bottom Left of the Mitten at all you know that I do a lot of food and beer pairing but I haven’t ever cooked ‘with’ beer let alone bake with it.  I’m glad that I went outside my comfort zone for #FoodBloggerLove.  Not only was Amy’s recipe really easy it gave me an opportunity to swap out the original Guinness that she used for a Michigan Craft Beer which I’m always 100% here for. So if you want you can use 1 cup of Guinness or do I like I did and reach for Short’s Brewing Uncle Steve’s Traditional Irish Style Stout.  Now on to the cake!!

To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 8-inch springform pan.  On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer.  Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar.  Set aside to cool.  In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine.  Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.

Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients.  Then add the sour cream & eggs to that.  Make sure the springform pan is liberally greased or you can even add parchment paper to it.  Place the pan on a cookie sheet just in case the bottom leaks a little bit then add the batter.  Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.  Mine went for a full 55 minutes.  The top of my cake did crack and you know of course I just watched a baking hack video where it showed how not to have that happen but of course I forgot and you know what, oh well.  It turned out perfect!

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Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan.  Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.  Time to make the frosting!  Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined.  Spread over the top of the cake.  Cut into 8 slices and here you are….

Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Print Recipe
Irish Stout Cake
Moist and fluffy chocolate cake that is so rich and delicious. Topped off with sweet mascarpone frosting. The perfect recipe for St. Patrick's Day and beyond.
Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
  1. To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8-inch springform pan.
  2. On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer. Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar. Set aside to cool.
  3. In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine. Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients. Then add the sour cream & eggs to that. Add to the pan.
  5. Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.
  6. Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan. Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.
Frosting
  1. Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined. Spread over the top of the cake.
  2. Cut into 8 slices. Enjoy!

Shrimp Cannelloni #SundaySupper

February is here and love is in the air.  Looking for a romantic meals for two that won’t take you all day to make?  Try my Shrimp Cannelloni that has a short cut so you can spend more time with your love and not in the kitchen.

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The inspiration for these came after watching one of my favorite shows Diner, Drive-In’s & Dives.  They were at a restaurant where they made cannelloni and instead of spending all the time stuffing the tubes they used egg roll wrappers instead.  Genius!  Right up there with the making ravioli using ice cube trays that I want to try soon.  For the filling they used a food processor to make the filling.  Also genius!  So let’s get to it.

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Start by thawing out the shrimp.  I used cocktail already cooked shrimp to make quick work of this and then I have shrimp leftover for tacos and salads.  In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley.  Process until all the has been combined.  Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese.  Mix all together.  The mixture should be well combined to make it easy to spread onto the egg roll wrappers.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Now start the Alfredo sauce.  Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux.  Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese.  Stir to completely combine and it thickens up.  In a 8×8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.

Now time to wrap the ‘Cannelloni’.  Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings.  Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle.  Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up.  Place into the dish seam side down.  Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.  Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.  And here you are…..

Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Print Recipe
Shrimp Cannelloni
Creamy Alfredo covers a rolls filled with savory shrimp stuffing then baked. The perfect romantic meal for two for Valentine's or any date night.
Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Shrimp Cannelloni | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by thawing out the shrimp.
  2. In a food processor place the shrimp (keep out a small handful to add into the Alfredo sauce at the end), sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves and parsley. Process until all the has been combined.
  3. Take the mixture and place in a bowl then add the ricotta cheese and Italian cheese. Mix all together.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Now start the Alfredo sauce. Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan once melted add the flour and make a roux. Now add the milk, the whole shrimp that was set aside and the Parmesan cheese. Stir to completely combine and it thickens up. In a 8x8 dish that has been greased put part 1/2 of the Alfredo into the bottom of the pan.
  6. Take the shrimp and ricotta mixture into 6 servings. Lay out each egg roll wrapper and spread the filling in the middle. Fold over the top edges over the filling then then one end over the filling and finally roll it up. Place into the dish seam side down.
  7. Lastly cover with the rest of the Alfredo sauce and the last 1/4 cup of Italian cheese.
  8. Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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