Ham and Potato Soup with Raspberry Pie Dippers

There is nothing like a comforting bowl of soup in the winter. It’s even better when it’s Ham and Potato Soup with Raspberry Pie Dippers. The ultimate savory and sweet combination.

Ham and potato soup in the background with a hand holding raspberry pie dippers.

The inspiration for the dippers came from a sandwich that I love, the Monte Cristo. A local restaurant here serves a ham and cheese sandwich fried with a side of raspberry jam. It’s fantastic!

Ham and potato soup in a bowl ready to eat.
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So that got me thinking, what if I made my favorite ham and potato soup and incorporated a sweet side to go with it? Who knew this is what potato soup had been missing all along?

What TV show pairs well with a warm bowl of soup and craft beer?

My husband and I binged Russian Doll in just a few nights. If you are a fan of dark comedies then this show is for you.

What beer pairs well with Ham and Potato Soup with Raspberry Dippers?

The beer: Holy Moses Raspberry White Ale from Great Lakes Brewing.

I’m a fan of fruit beers and this one did a nice job of not being too sweet. Even though I already had raspberry in the pie dippers, I felt like more raspberry could not hurt. I was right.

How to make Ham and Potato Soup:

Peel, clean and chop the potatoes and carrots.

Chop the celery and onions. Mince the garlic.

In a large stockpot melt 1 Tbs butter. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and ham. Sautee 2-4 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and herbs. Simmer for 20 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking combine in a small dish 1/4 cup milk with 2 Tbs flour. Add to the pot. This will thicken up the soup.

Potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, garlic and ham chopped and sitting on a cutting board.

How to make Raspberry Pie Dippers:

Spread a prepared pie crust onto a floured surface.

Add spoonfuls of raspberry jam to the crust. Make sure to have spaces in between each one.

Whisk one egg then brush along the sections that do not have jam on them.

Pie crust with spoonfuls of raspberry jam sitting on it.

Add the other pie crust to the top of the raspberry jam. Press down between each ‘pocket’ to seal the edges.

Cut the pie dippers along the seams then add to a sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes.

Pie crust with filling in the center ready to be cut.

Pour the soup into a bowl. Serve with a cold beer and warm raspberry pie dippers.

Want more cold weather comfort food and beer pairings?

And here you are……

Ham and potato soup in a bowl with raspberry pie dippers and a craft beer off to the side.

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

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Ham and Potato Soup with Raspberry Pie Dippers
This Ham and Potato Soup is the perfect comfort food for the colder months. The Raspberry Pie Dippers takes this soup from ordinary to extraordinary.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Ham and Potato Soup
Raspberry Pie Dippers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Ham and Potato Soup
Raspberry Pie Dippers
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Instructions
Ham and Potato Soup
  1. Peel, clean and chop the potatoes and carrots.
  2. Chop the celery and onions. Mince the garlic.
  3. In a large stockpot melt 1 Tbs butter. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and ham. Sautee 2-4 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, salt, pepper, and herbs. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. In the last 5 minutes of cooking combine in a small dish 1/4 cup milk with 2 Tbs flour. Add to the pot. This will thicken up the soup.
Raspberry Pie Dippers
  1. Spread a prepared pie crust onto a floured surface.
  2. Add spoonfuls of raspberry jam to the crust. Make sure to have spaces in between each one.
  3. Whisk one egg then brush along the sections that do not have jam on them.
  4. Add the other pie crust to the top of the raspberry jam. Press down between each 'pocket' to seal the edges.
  5. Cut the pie dippers along the seams then add to a sheet pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 minutes.
  6. Pour the soup into a bowl. Serve with a cold beer and warm raspberry pie dippers. Enjoy!

Turkey & Bacon Sliders with ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce #SundaySupper

Turkey & Bacon Sliders with ‘Isn’t That Special Sauce’ have crispy bacon, slices of turkey, melted mozzarella cheese and a creamy sauce.  The perfect slider recipe for any night of the week.

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Sliders have been a huge hit in my house since I started making them about a year ago.  In the summer they pair well with chips and other cold side dishes. In the winter they are perfect for dipping into soups.  They are also big on flavor when you hit the right combination.  I think I have a winner for you today for Sunday Supper, Turkey & Bacon Sliders with ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce.

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Sure you can make these sliders just plain or maybe add some boring mayonnaise on it but WHY would you when you can add some ‘Isn’t That Special’ Sauce? 

While this is similar to the pickle & vinegar based sauce we all know and love, I really wanted to set mine apart with a unique name.  So I am paying homage to a show that I have loved since my early teen’s, Saturday Night Live.

You know that question, “Who are the 3 people you would invite to dinner?” 

I could easily answer that and everyone at the table would be a former cast member of SNL.  I am a super Tina Fey Fan Girl.  Will Ferrell in my eyes is the hottest guy in Hollywood.  And Steve Martin is a genius. Who would you invite to dinner?

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How to make Turkey & Bacon Sliders with ‘Isn’t That Special Sauce:

Cook your bacon according to package direction.  I just make mine right on my stove top but my friend swears by baking it in the oven.

Drain the bacon then set up a slider assembly.

Grease the bottom of a baking dish.  Add buns, turkey, bacon, and cheese.  Top off with the bun.

In a microwave-safe mug add 4 Tbs. butter and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder.  Melt butter in the microwave.  Pour on top of the sliders.

Put sliders into a preheated 375-degree oven for 20 minutes.

For the sauce.  Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Done!

Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish.

And here you are…..

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

Originally published August of 2016. Updated photos & recipe January of 2019.

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As always I would like to thank our host for this Sunday Supper, Erica from The Crumby Cupcake.  She is actually the one that introduced me to this wonderful group.  So thank you, Erica! Now go ahead and try these other 40+ bacon recipes:

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Turkey & Bacon Sliders with 'Isn't That Special' Sauce

Easy to put together Turkey & Bacon sliders with a special creamy sauce. Have this on the table quickly for a delicious weeknight meal.

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich, Sliders, Turkey

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

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Turkey & Bacon Sliders

'Isn't That Special' Sauce

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sandwich, Sliders, Turkey

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Servings
sandwiches


Ingredients
Turkey & Bacon Sliders

'Isn't That Special' Sauce

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Instructions
Turkey & Bacon Sliders
  1. Cook your bacon according to package direction. Drain the bacon then set up a slider assembly.

  2. Grease the bottom of a baking dish. Add buns, turkey, bacon and cheese. Top off with the bun.

  3. In a microwave safe mug add 2 Tbs. butter and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder. Melt butter in microwave. Pour on top of the sliders.

  4. Put sliders into a preheated 375 degree over for 20 minutes

'Isn't That Special' Sauce
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Pour over sliders when serving.

Fiesta Fries

Tired of the same old tacos? Looking to give fries a new life? Then try these Fiesta Fries for dinner or at your next party.

A layout of beef, fries and toppings for Fiesta Fries.

With the holidays behind us, I was ready to just relax on this Mitten Movie Night and make something super easy. These Fiesta Fries were on the table in less than 20 minutes and took ALL THE STUFF I LOVE IN TACOS and loads it on top of crispy french fries.

What TV show pairs well with loaded french fries and beer?

I am on the third episode of Escape At Dannemora. If you are into compelling dramas that are based on actual events, then this show is for you.

Patricia Arquette’s character is really one of the most complex I’ve seen in a long time. You want to hate her. You want to feel sorry for her. I can see why she’s up for awards for this role.

What beer pairs well with Fiesta Fries?

The beer: Tiny Bomb American Pilsner from Wiseacre Brewing Co.

We purchased this while we were on our trip to Nashville in November. This beer was very similar to my favorite type of blonde ale just slightly less sweet. Gave me a serious summertime vibe even in the middle of winter.

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

Like most people, I’m sure either you asked for an Instant Pot or an Air Fryer for Christmas this year. I asked for the later and have to admit I am so happy I did! For this recipe, I used it to make my fries nice and crispy.

How do you make crispy french fries in the air fryer?

According to my air fryer users guide frozen french fries should be cooked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

I used this as a start but went 10 minutes at 400 degrees, taking out the basket and shaking, then cooking for another 10 minutes. They turned out perfect! (Fries go great with PB&J Burgers, Michigan Hot Dogs or Roast Beef Sandwiches)

French fries that have been made in an air fryer.

How to make Fiesta Fries:

Next, make the beef with green chili enchilada sauce for the topping on the fries.

Start by browning 1 pound of 80/20 beef with 1/4 cup green onions. Save the green ends for garnish. 

Once the beef is cooked all the way through add the green chili enchilada sauce. Heat through.

Ground beef and green chile enchilada sauce.

For toppings I made avocado ranch dressing, cheese, tomatoes, the rest of the green onions, and jalapenos. I then drizzled with taco sauce. It worked so well with the cooling effect of the avocado ranch.

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

The nice thing about these fries are they are PERFECT for parties, especially the Super Bowl coming up. Set everything up and let guests load them up as they like.

And here you are…..

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

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

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Fiesta Fries
Fiesta Fries have green chili enchilada beef, avocado ranch dressing, and spicy taco sauce piled on top of crispy french fries.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Make the french fries according to package directions or made to air fryer specifications.
  2. Brown 1 pound of 80/20 beef with 1/4 cup green onions. Save the green ends for garnish.
  3. Once the beef is cooked all the way through add the green chili enchilada sauce. Heat through.
  4. Top with avocado ranch dressing, cheese, tomatoes, the rest of the green onions, and jalapenos. Drizzle with taco sauce. Enjoy!

Shrimp Spaghetti

Shrimp and pasta are covered with a creamy, spicy sauce that is big on flavor! Shrimp Spaghetti is easy enough for a weeknight dinner but an elegant enough for date night too.

Shrimp Pasta on a plate ready to eat.

My husband loves to visit a local Chinese buffet when we go out shopping. One of my favorite dishes on the buffet is a creamy dish they call ‘Shrimp Spaghetti’. So for this Mitten Movie Night, I decided this would be a great recipe to try and recreat at home.

The problem was though, I couldn’t quite pin down what type of sauce is used in this dish. It’s not alfredo sauce. The taste is sweet and creamy. After some research, the closest one I found was Bang Bang sauce.

Shrimp Pasta in a pan ready to eat.

While the pasta was spicier than what I get at the buffet it was still as good, if not better!

What movie pairs well with seafood and craft beer?

The big movie right now is Bird Box on Netflix.

Luckily I read the book before watching this movie. While it was good, the book is SO much better. It is also written by a Michigan author.

What beer pairs well with Shrimp Spaghetti?

The beer: HonkeyTonk Brewing Co. West Coast IPA

We picked this beer up along with a few others while we were in Nashville in November. I’m more of a New England IPA fan but my husband is a lover of all things IPA.

How to make Shrimp Spaghetti:

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Thaw the shrimp then remove and discard the tails.

Shrimp and green onions cooking in a pan.

In a pan add the butter, shrimp and half of the chopped green onions.

Sauté the shrimp until cooked through.

Sauce ingredients for Shrimp Pasta.

Next, mix the ingredients for the sauce.  It’s so simple – mayonnaise, sweet Thai chili sauce and paprika.

To the pan the shrimp is in, add the cooked spaghetti and the sauce. Stir to combine. The spaghetti will warm the sauce so no need to cook further.

Top with the reserved green onions.

Tips & Variations for Shrimp Spaghetti:

  • Want a less spicy dish? Swap out the sweet Thai chili sauce for sweet & sour sauce.
  • I use pre-cooked shrimp to save time. If using uncooked shrimp prepare and cook according to package directions.

And here you are…….

Shrimp Pasta on a plate with a pan of it in the background and a craft beer.

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

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Recipe adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen

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Shrimp Spaghetti
This sweet and spicy Shrimp Spaghetti is the perfect pasta night mix up! A creamy sauce coats the noodles with bursts of shrimp throughout.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Thaw the shrimp then remove and discard the tails.
  3. In a pan add the butter, shrimp and half of the chopped green onions.
  4. Sauté the shrimp until cooked through.
  5. Mix the ingredients for the sauce. It's so simple - mayonnaise, sweet Thai chili sauce and paprika.
  6. To the pan the shrimp is in, add the cooked spaghetti and the sauce. Stir to combine.
  7. Top with the reserved green onions. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips & Variations for Shrimp Spaghetti:

  • Want a less spicy dish? Swap out the sweet Thai chili sauce for sweet & sour sauce.
  • I use pre-cooked shrimp to save time. If using uncooked shrimp prepare and cook according to package directions.

Dilled Brussels Sprouts Pizza

Looking for a simple pizza recipe that isn’t simple on flavor?  Dilled Brussels Sprouts Pizza has a creamy garlic sauce, lots of cheese and is topped with dilled vegetables.  Perfect for when you are looking for a slice of something different.

Dilled Brussels Sprouts Pizza ready to cut with Dilled Brussels Sprouts off to the side.

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I’ve been seeing pickle pizza all over social media lately.  So when I got these great jars of ready-to-serve vegetables from Paisley Farm, I knew I had to try my own take on dill pizza!

This pizza turned out so good!  It would make a great holiday party appetizer, a snack while watching Christmas movies or a great addition to a New Year’s Eve pizza buffet.

A slice of Dilled Brussels Sprouts Pizza up close with the rest of the pizza in the background.

When I made this I decided to go with a nice, light garlic sauce.  It worked out to perfection!

If you are interested in trying a different Paisley Farm vegetable and sauce combination might I recommend these pairings:

  • Red tomato sauce, Hot Brussels Sprouts, and mozzarella cheese.
  • An Asian inspired sauce (get the recipe here), Asian Bean Salad, and cheddar cheese.
  • Chunky salsa, Southwest Bean Salad, and pepper jack cheese.
Paisely Farms vegetable medleys.

How to make Dilled Brussels Sprouts Pizza:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prepare the pizza crust according to package directions or your favorite pizza crust recipe.  (I’ve got a great one here.)

Next, I made the garlic sauce to go on top of the pizza crust.  In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. 

Whisk in the minced garlic then sauté for 30 seconds.

To the butter, add the 1 Tbs flour a little at the time, constantly whisking the butter.

Finally, whisk in the milk to thin out the mixture then let thicken to a sauce.  Turn off the heat.

Pizza crust, garlic sauce and Dilled Brussels Sprouts off to the side.

Top the prepared pizza crust with the sauce.  Add the cheese. 

Finally, slice the Dilled Brussels Sprouts and add to the top of the pizza and  sprinkle dill weed over the top of the pizza.

Bake the pizza for 18-20 minutes.  Slice into 8 slices.

And here you are……

Dilled Brussels Sprouts Pizza ready to cut with Dilled Brussels Sprouts off to the side.

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

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Dilled Brussels Sprouts Pizza
Dilled Brussels Sprouts Pizza has a creamy garlic sauce, gooey cheese, and the best part is the Dilled Brussels Sprouts on the top.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza, Vegetables
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza, Vegetables
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prepare the pizza crust according to package directions or your favorite pizza crust recipe.
  2. In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in the minced garlic then sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. To the butter, add the 1 Tbs flour a little at the time, constantly whisking the butter.
  5. Whisk in the milk to thin out the mixture then let thicken to a sauce. Turn off the heat.
  6. Top the prepared pizza crust with the sauce. Add the cheese.
  7. Slice the Dilled Brussels Sprouts and add to the top of the pizza and sprinkle dill weed over the top of the pizza.
  8. Bake the pizza for 18-20 minutes. Slice into 8 slices. Enjoy!

Stuffing-Coated Chicken


5 ingredients and 34 minutes and you have a cozy dinner that fits into any busy schedule. Stuffing-Coated Chicken is juicy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.  Serve with a side of gravy and dinner is ready. 

Stuffing-Coated Chicken on a plate with carrots and gravy.

Delicious comfort food this time of year is my #1 go-to for dinner.  But who has hours to cook meals like Beef Ragu or Beef Tips & Gravy during busy weeknights?  Not many.  So this Stuffing-Coated Chicken is a recipe that I keep in my back pocket for nights when I’m craving something as easy as it is tasty.

Stuffing-Coated Chicken on a plate with carrots and gravy.

As I mentioned, this recipe only uses 5 simple ingredients.  You don’t even need seperate ingredients to make the gravy that goes on top.  The best thing is that this time of year stuffing mix and creamed soups are very cheap so I usually grab a couple boxes and cans so that I always have the items to make this on hand.

How to make Stuffing-Covered Chicken:

First,  preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cut up the chicken into pieces if you did not buy tenderloins.

Next, in a bowl add half the can of cream of chicken soup.  Then combine with 1/4 cup of the milk.  Reserve the other half soup and milk for the gravy.

Add the stuffing mix onto a plate.

Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil and lightly grease.

A cookie sheet with chicken, cream of chicken soup and stuffing on a plate.


Take the chicken and dip into the cream of chicken soup mixture.

Cover the chicken in the stuffing mixture then place on the cookie sheet.  Continue with the rest of the chicken.

In a microwave proof measuring cup or mug melt 1/4 cup butter.  Pour over the top of the chicken.

Stuffing-coated chicken on a sheet with butter being poured over it.

Place the chicken into the oven and bake for 35 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of baking, take the other half of the cream of chicken soup and mix with 1/4 cup milk and stir to combine.  Microwave for 2 minutes to make the gravy for the top of the chicken.

And here you are…..

Stuffing-Coated chicken on a plate with carrots and gravy.

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

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Stuffing-Coated Chicken
Stuffing-Coated Chicken is an easy dinner that uses 5 simple ingredients and takes just 35 minutes in the oven. Perfect for busy weeknights!
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Stuffing-Coated Chicken | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cut up the chicken into pieces if you did not buy tenderloins.
  2. Next, in a bowl add half the can of cream of chicken soup. Then combine with 1/4 cup of the milk. Reserve the other half soup and milk for the gravy.
  3. Add the stuffing mix onto a plate.
  4. Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil and lightly grease.
  5. Take the chicken and dip into the cream of chicken soup mixture.
  6. Cover the chicken in the stuffing mixture then place on the cookie sheet. Continue with the rest of the chicken.
  7. In a microwave proof measuring cup or mug melt 1/4 cup butter. Pour over the top of the chicken.
  8. Place the chicken into the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
  9. In the last 5 minutes of baking, take the other half of the cream of chicken soup and mix with 1/4 cup milk and stir to combine. Microwave for 2 minutes to make the gravy for the top of the chicken.

Hawaiian Pizza

This Hawaiian Pizza is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Whip up a quick pizza crust and this Hawaiian pizza recipe comes together in a flash. The ultimate treat for pizza night!

Hawaiian Pizza sliced and ready to serve with a craft beer to the side

So long time, no see from me here in the bottom left of the mitten.  This is the first official Mitten Movie Night of fall because I haven’t celebrated one on the blog since the middle of July.  Like almost everyone the transition from summertime fun to school, sports, and general running around get you to here in October before you know it. So let’s get this movie night kicked off!

Tonight I am making a favorite, pizza.  HAWAIIAN PIZZA to be precise with lots of ham, red onion and THICK SLICES OF PINEAPPLE.  This combination of toppings are as intriguing as the type of beer I’m pairing it with.

What movie pairs well with pizza and beer?

I recommend I Think We’re Alone NowThis was a good movie (the end could have been a little more clear) but if you are a fan of apocalyptic genres then this one is for you.  Plus, Peter Dinklage is in it and I have a hard time passing on his movies. He’s is so good in everything from comedy to drama.

What beer pairs well with Hawaiian Pizza?

The beer: Spiteful Brewing, Working for the Weekend Double IPA.

I originally picked this up when we were visiting friends in Chicago.  The art on the can was amazing and my husband loves Double IPA’s, so I grabbed them up.

Closeup of Hawaiian Pizza that is sliced.

Are Double IPA’s hard to pair with food?

According to many of the websites that I frequent for food and beer pairings-yes.  The consensus is that it’s too heavy and ‘fights’ with the flavors in most foods.

While I am just starting to enjoy IPA’s my husband loves them.  After asking his opinion he disagreed and therefore I felt like I had a green light and he even gave me a suggestion of where to start, pizza.  Pizza goes with everything he said!  I am not disagreeing with that so off to the kitchen I went to make this simple Hawaiian Pizza that did indeed pair perfectly with this Double IPA from Spiteful Brewing.

How to make Hawaiian Pizza:

Forever with my trusty Jiffy pizza crust, I decided that a thick crust was my go-to.  For this pizza, I used 3 packages Jiffy pizza crust boxes plus 1-1/2 cup lukewarm water.  Add to a bowl and stir to combine until there are no chunks.

Steps on how to make a Hawaiian pizza.

Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using floured hands take the dough out of the bowl and spread the crust onto a 9-inch pie pan. Place the crust into the oven for 8-10 minutes.  Since the crust is a great way to make sure the middle is not raw.

Take out of the oven and cover with the pizza sauce.  Add the cheese, chopped ham, sliced red onions and whole slices of pineapple.  Place back into the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

Slice into eight pieces.

Tips & Variations for Hawaiian Pizza:

  • Once the crust has risen make sure to have flour nearby.  Using flour on hands and on top of the crust ensures that the dough doesn’t get too sticky.
  • Don’t skip the pre-cooking of the crust. It’s important so that you don’t have a cooked top but a raw center.
  • Prefer smaller bites of pineapple? Use pineapple chunks instead of slices.

And here you are…….

A finished Hawaiian pizza with a craft beer and pizza cutter to the side of it.

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

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Hawaiian Pizza

Get pizza night going with this easy Hawaiian pizza recipe. It's a great combination of salty from the ham and sweet from the pineapple.

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Course Main Dish

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

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Ingredients

Course Main Dish

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes

Servings
slices


Ingredients

Hawaiian Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten


Instructions
  1. Add 3 boxes of Jiffy pizza crust to a bowl with 1-1/2 cups of lukewarm water. Stir to combine until there are no chunks.

  2. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  4. Using floured hands take the dough out of the bowl and spread the crust onto a 9-inch pie pan. Place the crust into the oven for 8-10 minutes. Since the crust is a great way to make sure the middle is not raw.

  5. Take out of the oven and cover with the pizza sauce. Add the cheese, chopped ham, sliced red onions and whole slices of pineapple. Place back into the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

  6. Slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!


Recipe Notes
  • Once the crust has risen to make sure to have flour nearby.  Using flour on hands and on top of the crust ensures that the dough doesn't get too sticky.
  • Don't skip the pre-cooking of the crust. It's important so that you don't have a cooked top but a raw center.

Roast Beef Sandwich

Say goodbye to boring pieces of bread with uninspiring meats on them!  This Roast Beef Sandwich has tender roast beef, bacon, onions and mushrooms loaded on top of a soft loaf of Italian bread.  Don’t forget the chunky blue cheese spread!

Roast Beef Sandwich layed out and ready to eat with toppings and a craft beer off to the side.

Well, it’s official. This Mitten Movie Night marks 1 month until….my birthday! In honor of the downward slide and creeping closer to the middle of 40, I figured I would treat myself to one of my favorite food groups-sandwiches.  There is nothing better than a BIG sandwich that you can sink your teeth into and just enjoy. The best thing about sandwiches is that almost anything goes and that goes for this roast beef sandwich that’s anything but average.

When I was thinking of what type of sandwich to make I decided to make it like a big sub sandwich.  Growing up, my mom would make sub sandwiches in the summer and it was always a special treat.  While I was at it I thought some bacon would be really good with this too.  Then finally, let’s slather a blue cheese sauce on it.

A roast beef sandwich.

What movie pairs well with a roast beef sandwich and beer?

For the movie recommendation, I HIGHLY suggest Father of the Year. Who doesn’t love Adam Sandler movies?  David Spade returns to a little bit of Joe Dirt character which made this movie too funny! So now on to the roast beef sandwich recipe.

What beer pairs well with a roast beef sandwich?

The beer: Pooltime Ale from Bell’s Brewing.

The beefy concoction will pair perfectly with this refreshing summer brew.  This beer is slightly tart from the cherries which make a perfect contrast to all the beef and tangy blue cheese in this.  I may even say that I hit this combination out of the park!

How to make this Roast Beef Sandwich:

First, start by cooking the bacon.  I like bacon very crisp so I cooked it for about 6 minutes then turn and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.

Take the loaf of bread and cut it in half.  Spread with butter and place face down on a cookie sheet.

Put into a preheated 350-degree oven and let it toast up for about 5-8 minutes.

Steps and ingredients of how to make a Roast Beef Sandwich.

Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and put on a plate with paper towels to allow it to drain.  Remove all the grease in the pan from the bacon reserving about 1-2 tsp.

Add 1 Tbs of butter to that (this is not very diet friendly if you can’t tell) then add the sliced mushrooms and onions.

Let those cook down for about 5 minutes.  Then add the roast beef.

While those cook flip the bread over and spread the cheese equally on each side.  Put back into the oven and let the cheese melt, around 5 minutes.

Make the sauce by mixing the blue cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish sauce together.

Crumble the bacon and add to the cooked roast beef.  Take the bread out of the oven then pile it high onto one side of the bread then top off with the other.

Cut into 6 pieces then serve.  Let others add lettuce, tomatoes, and the blue cheese mixture as they like.

And here you are…..

Roast Beef Sandwich layed out and ready to eat with toppings and a craft beer off to the side.

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

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Roast Beef Sandwich
This is not your average Roast Beef Sandwich. It's a big, bold sandwich filled with roast beef, mushrooms, onions, and bacon. Slather with a blue cheese spread for the ultimate in sandwiches.
Roast Beef Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Roast Beef Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the bacon. Cook for about 6 minutes then turn and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.
  2. Take the loaf of bread and cut it in half. Spread with butter and place face down on a cookie sheet. Put into a preheated 350-degree oven and let it toast up for about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and put on a plate with paper towels to allow it to drain. Remove all the grease in the pan from the bacon reserving about 1-2 tsp.
  4. Add 1 Tbs of butter to that then add the sliced mushrooms and onions. Let those cook down for about 5 minutes. Then add the roast beef.
  5. While those cook flip the bread over and spread the cheese equally on each side. Put back into the oven and let the cheese melt, around 5 minutes.
  6. Now make the sauce which is just mixing the blue cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish sauce together.
  7. Crumble the bacon and add to the cooked roast beef.
  8. Take the bread out of the oven then pile it high onto one side of the bread then top off with the other. Cut into 6 pieces then serve. Let others add lettuce, tomatoes, and the blue cheese mixture as they like. Enjoy!

My Dad’s Chicken & Rice

My Dad’s Chicken & Rice is a chicken and rice recipe that you will want to have in your back pocket for busy nights.  Fancy mixed vegetables, crispy chicken, mushrooms and crunchy water chestnuts make this a delicious dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes!

My Dads Chicken and Rice in a bowl with a craft beer off to the side.

I’m serious when I say that I have been eating this meal most of my life. It’s a recipe that my dad invented, thus the name ‘My Dad’s Chicken & Rice’. He cooked it for us growing up and when I was old enough he gave the recipe to me and I’ve been making it myself for about 20 years now.

My dad is a great cook! He makes the most unbelievable grilled chicken. My mouth is watering a little right now as I’m thinking about it. I want to think that he got his skills from my grandmother. On Sunday’s growing up, we would have big dinners of lamb, creamed spinach, and croissants.

Dessert was almost always chocolate pudding with whipped cream. I loved those Sunday’s and I try and keep the tradition alive in our house.  Sunday’s here usually start with Swedish Pancakes and end with a big comforting meal like Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast.

My Dads Chicken and Rice in a bowl with a craft beer off to the side.

For quick weeknight dinners though, I look to this chicken and rice recipe.  It’s full of chicken, meaty mushrooms, and crunchy water chestnuts.  Perfect when you want a one-dish meal that goes from stove to table with little cleanup.

How to make My Dad’s Chicken & Rice:

First, take the chicken and cut into cubes.  On a plate, put the flour, garlic powder, and pepper.  Dredge the chicken in the mixture coating all pieces.

Chicken covered with flour on a plate.

In the bottom of a large pan, I use a covered stockpot, heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of a pan.

Add the chicken to the pan and cook until all the chicken is nice and crispy around 10 minutes.  Stirring occasionally to make sure all parts are browned.  *Look at that! Again, this is what makes this dish amazing.*

Cooked chicken on a plate.
Once the chicken has cooked take it out of the pan and set aside.  In the same pan add butter and let it melt.  Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onion.  Cook until the mushrooms start to shrink and the onions are browned.

To the pan add the chicken back in.  Now add the wet ingredients: chicken broth, fancy mixed vegetables (do not drain liquid), water chestnuts (do not drain liquid), and soy sauce.

Finally to the pot add the rice and stir it all together.  Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes check to see if you need to add any additional chicken stock so that the rice doesn’t dry out and stir so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan.

If there’s still plenty of liquid allow to cook another 5-8 minutes covered.

Taste to make sure that the rice has cooked thoroughly and then add salt, pepper, and more soy sauce to your taste. I always end up adding more but please add at your discretion.  Top with some crunchy noodles.

Tips for making My Dad’s Chicken & Rice:

  • The key to really good chicken and rice is making sure the chicken in really crispy.  In order to do that it means cooking the chicken separate from the mushrooms and onions.

And here you are……

My Dads Chicken and Rice in a bowl with a craft beer and a pot of Chicken and Rice off to the side.

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

Originally published March of 2016. Updated photos & recipe July of 2018.

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My Dad's Chicken & Rice
This is 'my Dad's' Chicken & Rice recipe. A hearty meal of chicken, fancy mixed vegetables, and instant rice that cooks up in under 30 minutes.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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My Dads Chicken and Rice | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take the chicken and cut into cubes. On a plate, put the flour, garlic powder, and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the mixture coating all pieces.
  2. In the bottom of a large pan, I use a covered stock pot, heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of a pan. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until all the chicken is nice and crispy, around 10 minutes. Stiring occasially to make sure all parts are browned. Once the chicken has cooked take it out of the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan add butter and let it melt. Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onion. Cook until the mushrooms start to shrink and the onions are browned.
  4. To the pan add the chicken back in. Now add the wet ingredients: chicken broth, fancy mixed vegetables (do not drain liquid), water chestnuts (do not dain liquid), and soy sauce. Finally to the pot add the rice and stir it all together.
  5. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes check to see if you need to add any additional chicken stock so that the rice doesn't dry out. If there's still plenty of liquid allow to cook another 5-8 minutes covered.
  6. Taste to make sure that the rice has cooked thoroughly and then add salt, pepper and more soy sauce to your taste. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for making My Dad's Chicken & Rice:

  • The key to really good chicken and rice is making sure the chicken in really crispy.  In order to do that it means cooking the chicken separate from the mushrooms and onions.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos

I’ve got something spicy on deck for this Mitten Movie Night!  These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are full of so much flavor. Soft tortillas filled with chicken, pico de gallo, cheese and finally topped with a buffalo ranch sauce that you will be putting on everything once you try it.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Can you believe that this Summer is half over?  Where did the time go?  What seems really odd is that we haven’t even been busy this summer.  So in order to celebrate the mid-summer slump let’s pair these fresh tacos with some Summer Love Ale from Victory Brewing Company.  A perfect fruity compliment to the bite of the buffalo sauce and the jalapeno in the pico de gallo.

For tonight’s movie, I recommend ‘How It Ends’.  I am a big fan of post-apocalyptic movies and this one was right up my alley.  Check out Netflix to find this title.  So now on to these buffalo ranch chicken tacos!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start by cutting each chicken breast in half to thin these out a bit.  I then cover with plastic wrap and use a mallet to beat the chicken down to about 1/2″ thick.  Heat the oil in a pan then sprinkle the creole seasoning over each side of the chicken.  Place the chicken into the pan and cook each side 4-6 minutes.  Placing the seasoning on the chicken make it look almost ‘blackened‘.

While the chicken cooks make the pico de gallo.  You can hand chop all the vegetables and then mix them with the lime, cilantro, and cumin or you can save so much time by using a food processor.  It does make it a little watery from the tomatoes so what I do it strain in a mesh strainer over a bowl.  Saves so much time and tastes just as delicious.

Once the chicken has cooked all the way through remove from the pan and cube.  In a bowl combine the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.  This sauce is the key to making this chicken taco recipe the BEST!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the flour tortillas, I love to cook them over the open flame on my stove.  You can, of course, skip this step if you like and just cover 8 tortillas with a warm, wet paper towel and microwave for 25 seconds.  Now fill the shells with chicken, cheese, pico de gallo then drizzle with buffalo ranch sauce.  Serve with Double Batch Smashed Beans and here you are…..

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos
These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are full of so much flavor. Soft tortillas filled with chicken, Pico de Gallo, cheese and finally topped with a buffalo ranch sauce that you will be putting on everything once you try it.
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Pico de gallo
Buffalo Ranch
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Pico de gallo
Buffalo Ranch
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Chicken for tacos
  1. Start by cutting each chicken breast in half to thin these out a bit. Then cover with plastic wrap and use a mallet to beat the chicken down to about 1/2" thick.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan then sprinkle the creole seasoning over each side of the chicken. Place the chicken into the pan and cook each side 4-6 minutes. Placing the seasoning on the chicken make it look almost 'blackened'.
  3. Once the chicken has cooked all the way through remove from the pan and cube.
Pico de gallo
  1. You can hand chop all the vegetables and then mix them with the lime, cilantro, and cumin or you can save so much time by using a food processor. *If you make this in the food processor: Strain in a mesh strainer over a bowl.
Buffalo Ranch
  1. In a bowl combine the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.
  2. Fill the tortilla shells with chicken, cheese, pico de gallo then drizzle with buffalo ranch sauce. Enjoy!

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