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.
Hawaiian Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
slices
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.
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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
Servings
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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!

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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…..

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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!

Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon #CookoutWeek

For my last #CookoutWeek recipe I made something that I’ve never cooked at home before, duck.  I was so excited to receive from one of our sponsors, Maple Leaf Farms, a whole bunch of duck goodies.  Duck breasts, duck bacon, and half roasted ducks.  So it was time to get creative and I think I created a winner for sure in this duck breast wrapped in duck bacon.

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While I’ve had duck many times at restaurants and really enjoy it for me it’s like fish entrees, I prefer to eat them out instead of worry about how to make them at home. But I am up for a challenge and what better place to take a shot than Cookout Week?!

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For this recipe, I decided to keep it simple. As simple as it gets to WRAPPING IT IN BACON!  Make sure that the duck breasts are unthawed.  Pat each one dry then place on a rack.  Open 1 package of bacon then wrap at least 3 pieces on each breast.  You won’t use the whole package so what I did was add the bacon to the sheet that I baked these on and my family enjoyed them as an addition to the breasts. The duck bacon was amazing!  The boys raved and raved about it.

I ended up baking the breasts in the oven since Michigan weather has been kind of a pain (rain, rain, and more rain).  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and they should be done in around 1 hour.  Next time I plan on cooking these on the grill!  But I was very happy with how these turned out without going to grill route and it gives me a way to make these all year round.

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One of my favorite combinations of flavors is chicken blackberries.  Since duck has a similar flavor profile I thought a sweet sauce would be great with this.  And then it’s summer so why not heat things up a little with chili powder?  Yes!  It’s so simple.  Remove the pit from the apricots and chop.  Add the preserves, salt, red pepper and chili powder.  Done!

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Check the final temperature to make sure the duck is cooked all the way through.  It should be at an internal temp of 165 degrees.  And here you are….

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

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Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon
Delicious duck breast is wrapped in duck bacon then topped off with chili apricots. The perfect mix of spicy and sweet. Great on the grill or in the oven.
Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Make sure that the duck breasts are unthawed. Pat each one dry then place on a rack.
  2. Open 1 package of bacon then wrap atleast 3 pieces on each breast. You won't use the whole package so what I did was add the bacon to the sheet that I baked these.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and they should be done in around 1 hour.
  4. Remove the pit from the apricots and chop. Add the preserves, salt, red pepper and chili powder.
  5. Check the final temperature to make sure the duck is cooked all the way through. It should be at internal temp of 165 degrees. Top with the apricots and enjoy!

BBQ Baked Potatoes #CookoutWeek

I’m so excited to be participating in another #CookoutWeek! Time sure goes by fast when it feels like we just got done with Choctoberfest. Here we are though heading straight into summer and that means grilling out! Give these BBQ baked potatoes a try. Loaded with a beef and beans then topped with cheese and green onions this potato makes a wonderful summer meal.

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I feel like summer just started yet we are a week away from the 4th of July.  Michigan is odd though because due to the law we do not start school until after Labor Day.  Where we live in Michigan it’s very close to Indiana and they’ve already been out of school for what feels like weeks! I’m sure they feel the same when they go back to school close to the beginning of August and we’re still chilling through Labor Day though.

Well whenever your summer starts no matter where summer usually means cooking out.  So let’s get to my first contribution to #CookoutWeek, BBQ baked potatoes.

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Chef Shamy sent me two tubs of what I am referring to now as ‘the good stuff’.  From beginning to end Chef Shamy is what made these potatoes. The whole time we were eating them my 11-year-old kept saying, ‘The butter is what makes it.’ He is my best go to for honesty on recipes and he loved these BBQ baked potatoes.  So let’s get to the recipe!

After looking into a few different variations of making BBQ baked potatoes on the grill it seemed like the only logical choice would be to season the tin foil that we are wrapping our potato in.  So start by ripping off 6 large sheets of tin foil.  Wash the potatoes then set them aside.  In a microwaveable bowl melt the Chef Shamy Garlic butter.  With a basting brush spread the butter on one side of each piece of tin foil.  Sprinkle with sea salt.

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Poke each potato with a fork to make holes for steam to escape as they cook. Put the baked potato right in the center of the tin foil then fold at the top then the sides.  It is now ready for the grill.  Crank the heat on the grill to medium heat so these cook low and slow for 45 minutes-1 hour.

BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

In the last 15 minutes of the potato cooking make the toppings. I decided on beef, beans and a slightly sweet BBQ sauce would be perfect!  In a pan brown the beef, garlic and chopped onion until the meat is cooked all the way through.  Drain off the extra fat from the pan.  Now add the beef broth,  ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses, chili powder and paprika.  Stir to combine and heat through.

Take the potoatoes off the grill and let set for a few minutes.  Open the foil carefully since steam will escape.  Cut the potato in half.  Fluff the potato then add some more Chef Shamy Garlic Butter.  Top with the beef and beans.  Sprinkle the BBQ baked potatoes with cheese and green onion.   Return to the grill for 2-4 minutes to melt the cheese.  And here you are….

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BBQ Baked Potatoes
Potatoes are even better when made on the grill! Loaded with a BBQ beef and beans and topped with cheese and green onions this potato makes a meal.
BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Rip off 6 large sheets of tin foil. Wash the potatoes then set them aside.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl melt the Chef Shamy Garlic butter. With a basting brush spread the butter on one side of each piece of tin foil. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Poke each potato with a fork to make holes for steam to escape as they cook. Put the baked potato right in the center of the tin foil then fold at the top then the sides.
  4. Crank the heat on the grill to medium heat sthen place these on the grill and cook low and slow for 45 minutes-1 hour.
  5. In the last 15 minutes of the potato cooking make the toppings. In a pan brown the beef, garlic and chopped onion until the meat is cooked all the way through. Drain off the extra fat from the pan.
  6. Add the beef broth, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses, chili powder and paprika. Stir to combine and heat through.
  7. Take the potoatoes off the grill and let set for a few minutes. Open the foil carefully since steam will escape. Cut the potato in half.
  8. Fluff the potato then add some more Chef Shamy Garlic Butter. Top with the beef and beans. Sprinkle cheese and green onion. Return to the grill for 2-4 minutes to melt the cheese. Enjoy!

Double Deluxe Tacos

Crispy and crunchy these double deluxe tacos have everything that a taco lover is looking for. Double the taco goodness! A hard taco shell filled with spicy beef wrapped with a flour tortilla then spread with refried beans.  Finish it off by sprinkling with cheese and bake. Top with crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday to enjoy these.

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For the start of June, I’m living for these fruity, lemon, citrus and bright beers. Nothing heavy just delicious and makes me think of sitting on a beach, getting a tan then taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon.  Chicka Chicka Yeah from Odd Side Ales is the perfect beer for just that.  Similar to my favorite beer, Dirty Blonde, but different enough to feel like it’s not a repeat.

Then for this Mitten Movie Night, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back so we must binge!! Sadly this is the first half of the last season of this adorable show.  If your a fan of The Office, Parks & Recreation or 30 Rock I think you will love this show too.  Now on to these double deluxe tacos!

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Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger.  Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.  Then drain the grease from the pan.  To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin and chili powder.  Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8″x11″ pan the set up the assembly line.  With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells.  Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.  I found that 6 was the perfect amount for the beans and meat ratio.

What should I do with those extra taco shells then?

I always like to have tortillas on hand since my 4 yr old loves cheesy roll-ups.  Just add cheese and some chili powder then microwave for 20 seconds and lunch is served.  With a side of fruit, it’s perfect for busy days.

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Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.  Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like.  Open up some sour cream to top off these double deluxe tacos.  And here you are…..

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

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Double Deluxe Tacos
Double the taco goodness with these Double Deluxe Tacos! A hard shell filled with spicy beef is wrapped with a flour tortilla spread with refried beans.
Double Deluxe Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Double Deluxe Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger. Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.
  2. Then drain the grease from the pan. To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin and chili powder. Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8"x11" pan the set up the assembly line. With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells. Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.
  4. Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like. Open up some sour cream. Enjoy!

Easy Chicken Burritos

Does this time of year leave you running around like crazy?  Soccer, baseball practice, end of school trips?  Trying to be 10 places at once leaves little time for your family to actually sit down for dinner together let alone spend time in the kitchen making dinner.  Tonight try these easy chicken burritos that will get everyone and dinner to the table within 20 minutes.

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What does dinnertime look like in your family?

Growing up sitting down to dinner with my family was something that my mom made a priority.  Even though she was a single mom and worked different shifts as a local factory she always made it work. I’m thankful to her for that because I carried on the tradition with my family.  If we are at home, we are eating together no matter what.  No tablets or phones just eating and having conversations about our day.  Now let’s get started with this simple recipe for easy chicken burritos that isn’t simple on taste.

The beauty behind this dinner is using already cooked chicken.  I always keep shredded chicken on hand for shredded chicken recipes like this or my Chicken & Mushroom Subs.  The same holds true for pulled pork.  I will make a double batch so I can make BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza one night then save the other half to make Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese another night.  Double duty cooking is another way to make dinnertime doable on busy weeknights.

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Start these easy chicken burritos by preheating the oven to 375 degrees and greasing a 9×13 pan.  To the bottom of the pan add about 1/4 cup of the thick and chunky salsa to the bottom.  Shred the cooked chicken into a bowl then add the rest of the salsa to it and stir to combine.  Add the chicken mixture to a flour tortilla one at a time then roll up and place seam side down in the pan.  Reserve about a 1/2 cup of the chicken to add to the top.  Roll up and repeat with the remaining 5 tortillas.

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Once all the chicken burritos are made finish by adding the remaining chicken to the top then top with the cheese.  Bake uncovered in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is all melted on top.  Shred some lettuce, chop up tomatoes and any other toppings you like.  And here you are….

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

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Easy Chicken Burritos
Four simple ingredients are all it takes to get these easy chicken burritos to the table for a cheesy meal the whole family will love.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Easy Chicken Burritos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees and greasing a 9x13 pan. To the bottom of the pan add about 1/4 cup of the thick and chunky salsa to the bottom.
  2. Shred the cooked chicken into a bowl then add the rest of the salsa to it and stir to combine.
  3. Add the chicken mixture to a flour tortilla one at a time then roll up and place seam side down in the pan. Reserve about a 1/2 cup of the chicken to add to the top. Roll up and repeat with the remaining 5 tortillas.
  4. Once all the burritos are made finish by adding the remaining chicken to the top then top with the cheese. Bake uncovered in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is all melted on top.
  5. Shred some lettuce, chop up tomatoes and any other toppings you like. Enjoy!

Toad In The Hole

The classic English dish Toad In a Hole is made with sausage, a simple bread pudding, then topped with a mustard-onion gravy. This is a perfect meal when you are looking for something a little different.

A piece of sausage and bread pudding aka Toad In a Hole cut with gravy on it ready to eat!

Welcome to Mitten Movie Night the Royal Wedding Edition! I decided to make a classic English dish for this special occasion.

I hadn’t 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.

What beer pairs well with sausages?

The beer: Soft Parade from Short’s Brewing.

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!

A big bowl of mustard-onion gravy.

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.

How to make Toad In a Hole:

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.

Flour in a bowl with eggs and milk off to the side.

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 take 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……

 

Toad In a Hole in a pan with a craft beer and dish of mustard-onion gravy off to the side.

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

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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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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Toad In The Hole
Mustard-Onion Gravy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Toad In The Hole
Mustard-Onion Gravy
Toad In a 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.

Chicken & Mushroom Subs | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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……

Chicken & Mushroom Subs | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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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.
Chicken & Mushroom Subs | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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
Chicken & Mushroom Subs | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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.

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