Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich

This Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich is BIG on flavor! Crunchy bun, sliced turkey, creamy Swiss cheese, sweet dressing, and crunchy coleslaw. This will easily become your go-to sandwich!

Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich with coleslaw and catalina dressing drizzled over the top.

I call this the ‘deli counter’ sandwich since I get most of the ingredients from saying ‘Can I have a 1/4 pound of this..’ at the deli counter because like the beer being mine, I am just making this sandwich for myself.  Mine, mine, mine!  The fellas in my house don’t have the affinity I do for a good sandwich.  No worries, more for me.

Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich that was baked on a sheet pan with a craft beer off to the side.

What movie pairs well with a sandwich and craft beer?

For entertainment, we are watching a show called The Detour.  It is a HILARIOUS comedy about a family you will easily fall in love with. The perfect escape and very binge worthy.

What beer pairs well with a Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich?

The beer: Oberon from Bell’s Brewing.

It’s officially Oberon season!  So tonight for Mitten Movie Night we picked this up from a great store in St. Joseph, MI called The Liquor Cabinet.  When looking to get lost in rows and rows of craft beer I suggest you go and take a visit if you’re in the area.

Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich on a plate with potato chips on the side.

This amount made for a big sandwich with lots of flavors. If you’re making one sandwich (like me) get 1/4 sliced turkey then order the smallest bowl of coleslaw (around 1/4 pound).

The deli at my local store has homemade rolls that are amazing so I hope you do too, grab one!  I use them to make my Portobello Mushroom Burger.  Right by the counter, you can get slices of cheese, so I picked up some swiss cheese.

I was lucky enough to have the dressing so that was taken care of.

How to make a Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich:

Take a baking sheet then cut the bun in half, apply butter and place face down.  Put 1/4 turkey on the sheet pan with the bun then add the sliced cheese on top.

Buns, turkey and swiss cheese on a sheet pan ready to make a sandwich.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  As you can see below, baking the bun alongside the turkey and cheese make it the perfect base to build this turkey sandwich on. 

A sandwich bun thats been baked in the oven.

After all done assemble bun, turkey with the melted cheese, coleslaw and drizzle with dressing.

And here you are…..

Side shot of a Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich on a plate with coleslaw and catalina dressing.

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Deli Counter Turkey Sandwich
Crispy bun with warm turkey and melted Swiss cheese. Topped with crunchy coleslaw then drizzled with sweet Catalina dressing. The perfect 'one person' sandwich.
A turkey Sandwich drizzled with catalina dressing.
Course Main Dish
Keyword sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
sandwich
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword sandwich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
sandwich
Ingredients
A turkey Sandwich drizzled with catalina dressing.
Instructions
  1. Take a baking sheet then cut the bun in half, apply butter and place face down. Put 1/4 turkey on the sheet pan with the bun then add the sliced cheese on top.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  3. After all done assemble bun, turkey with the melted cheese, coleslaw and drizzle with dressing. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Egg Rolls

Air Fryer Egg Rolls have the same crispy, crunchy outside as fried egg rolls only made with less mess. They make a great appetizer or a meal for two.

Air fryer egg rolls on a plate with sweet and sour sauce and some craft beer in the background.

For this Mitten Movie Night, I decided to just make 8 eggs rolls to serve just my husband and me to eat while enjoying a few beers that we brought back with us from our trip down South. Air fryers are perfect for small-batch snacking recipes like this one!

What beer pairs well with small-batch snacks like egg rolls?

The beer: Cheetah from Rhinegeist Brewery.

One of my favorite parts of traveling is seeing what the area we visit has to offer as far as craft beer. Recently we traveled from Michigan to Charleston to Savannah to Atlanta to Indianapolis to Chicago. PHEW! we found some great beers along the way including this one from a Cincinnati area brewery.

Close up of egg rolls made in the air fryer for an easy snack.

American lagers are what many deem as mainstream beer. Most breweries and taprooms have a lager available year-round so it’s a great recommendation for those who are looking to dip their toes into something new.

Want more food and beer pairings with American Lagers?

A pork egg roll being dipped into a dish of sweet and sour sauce.

What movie goes great with small-batch snacks like egg rolls with sweet and sour dipping sauce?

BINGE WATCH ON! Gearing up for Season 3 of Ozark so we’re rewatching Season 2. I mean, who remembers everything that happened last season when it’s been a year? Snacks, drinks, Netflix-night made.

How to make Air Fryer Egg Rolls:

For these egg rolls, I used some leftover pork that I used to make BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza. I cooked the pork once in the crockpot and got double duty meals out of it. Win-win! If you prefer chicken or beef feel free to swap them out in this recipe in a one-to-one ratio.

Start by chopping the cabbage and green onions. Shred the pork.

In a pan add 1 tsp oil and sautee the egg roll filling until the cabbage is softened and pork is slightly crispy around 10 minutes.

Pork and cabbage in a pan that's been cooked and used for egg roll filling.

Once the cabbage has softened add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ground ginger, sugar, and garlic powder. Turn off the heat and let the filling cool slightly.

Grab the egg rolls wrappers, a plate and a small dish of cool water. Don’t use warm water it will make the wrappers gummy).

On a plate or piece of wax paper lay down one egg roll wrapper with one corner facing you. Slightly below center add two spoonfuls of filling. Be careful not to overfill.

Using your finger, dab it into the dish of water then rub water on all four sides side.

Fold the bottom over the filling.

Steps for how to make egg rolls in the air fryer.

Bring each side into the center, folding over the filling. Finish by rolling the rest of the way.

Spray the bottom of the air fryer with oil. Lay the prepared egg rolls into the air fryer tray, 4 at a time, then spray the top with more oil. *Make sure to check your air fryer manufacturer’s directions to see if it’s safe to use oil in it before proceeding.

Set the temperature for 350 degrees and ‘fry’ for 5 minutes.

Flip the egg rolls after 5 minutes, spray with more oil then ”fry’ for another 3 minutes.

Remove from the air fryer tray, pour some sweet and sour sauce into a dish and here you are……

Egg Rolls on a plate with dipping sauce and craft beer.

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Air Fryer Egg Rolls
Air Fryer Egg Rolls have the same crispy, crunchy outside as fried egg rolls only made with less mess. They make a great appetizer or a meal for two.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Chop the cabbage and green onions. Shred the cooked pork.
  2. In a pan add 1 tsp oil and sautee the egg roll filling until the cabbage is softened and pork is slightly crispy around 10 minutes.
  3. When cabbage has softened add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ground ginger, sugar, and garlic powder. Turn off the heat and let the filling cool slightly.
  4. On a plate or piece of wax paper lay down one egg roll wrapper with one corner facing you. Slightly below center add two spoonfuls of filling. Be careful not to overfill.
  5. Using your finger, dab it into the dish of water then rub water on all four sides side.
  6. Fold the bottom over the filling.
  7. Bring each side into the center, folding over the filling. Finish by rolling the rest of the way.
  8. Spray the bottom of the air fryer with oil. Lay the prepared egg rolls into the air fryer tray, 4 at a time, then spray the top with more oil.
  9. Set the temperature for 350 degrees and 'fry' for 5 minutes.
  10. Flip the egg rolls after 5 minutes, spray with more oil then ''fry' for another 3 minutes.
  11. Remove from the air fryer tray and serve with sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy!

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

This Bacon Cheeseburger Soup will have you eating your burger with a spoon. Ground beef, bacon, a creamy tomato base, cheese and yes, even pickles! Add chunky pieces of potatoes to make it even heartier and top with homemade croutons.

Close up of a chunky soup recipe with potatoes, beef and bacon.

How has your winter been going? Surprisingly we have been having pretty mild weather. That doesn’t mean though that it hasn’t been cold. While the -20’s from last year haven’t hit yet, we have consistent 30-degree bundle up weather. So I try to keep warm, comforting soup recipes like this Bacon Cheeseburger Soup on the stovetop to keep warm.

Cheeseburger Soup with pickles, cheese, tomatoes and homemade croutons on the top.

What show do you recommend on Netflix during the Winter?

For this Mitten Movie Night, I am finishing up the 4th season of Schitt’s Creek. This is easily one of the funniest comedies I’ve seen in a long time. Right up there with my favorite show 30 Rock. It’s a binge-able show, perfect for when you’re stuck in the house.

Want more cold weather soup recipes? Check these out:

What beer goes well with a hearty soup recipe?

The beer: Amber Ale from Bell’s Brewery

While everyone is enjoying Hopslam, I am pairing this year-round Bell’s offering with everything from hearty soups to turkey sandwiches.

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup on a soup ready to eat.

How to make Bacon Cheeseburger Soup:

Start by cooking the ground beef and the bacon. Slice the bacon into small strips and add to a stockpot with the ground beef.

Cook the beef and bacon over medium/high heat for about 10 minutes, until the beef is browned and bacon is cooked through and crispy.

While the meat is cooking chop the potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. Mince the garlic.

Remove the pot and drain 90% of the grease, leaving around 1 Tbs in the beef mixture. Then add flour. Stir to combine everything.

Steps for making soup made of ground beef and bacon.

Now add the tomato paste. I like this soup with a tomato base if you prefer it less so decrease the tomato paste by 3 ounces. It will not have anything to do with the thickness.

Over medium heat add the stock, herbs and spices, sugar, and vegetables.

Cover the pot and cook the soup for an additional 30 minutes.

How To Make Croutons in the Air Fryer:

Cut any bread you like into cubes. I used day-old butterfly rolls from my store bakery. This recipe made about 2 cups of croutons.

Add the cubes of bread to a bowl then drizzle with 2 Tbs. olive oil, 1 tsp parsley flakes, 1 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.

Cut up bread in an air fryer tray ready to cook for homemade croutons.

Add the bread to the tray of the air fryer. Set air fryer to 390 degrees and air fry for 10 minutes, flipping the croutons halfway through.

Homemade croutons made in the air fryer.

They come out so crunchy but not hard and full of flavor. Perfect on top of soups like this or salads.

Once the soup has cooked add the finishing touches to thicken it up. In a small bowl add 1 Tbs flour, 1/4 cup milk and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and pour to the soup pot.

Add the shredded cheese and pickles. The pickles are optional of course, you can always leave them out and let people add their own.

Serve by sprinkling with more cheese, diced tomatoes, more pickles, and croutons. And here you are……

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup with toppings and a pot of it off to the side. Served with a craft beer.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
This Bacon Cheeseburger Soup will have you eating your burger with a spoon. Ground beef, bacon, a creamy tomato base, cheese and yes, even pickles! Add chunky pieces of potatoes to make it even heartier and top with homemade croutons.
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the ground beef and the bacon. Slice the bacon into small strips and add to a stockpot with the ground beef.
  2. Cook the beef and bacon over medium/high heat for about 10 minutes, until the beef is browned and bacon is cooked through and crispy.
  3. Chop the potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. Mince the garlic.
  4. Remove the pot and drain 90% of the grease, leaving around 1 Tbs in the beef mixture. Then add flour. Stir to combine everything.
  5. Add the tomato paste.
  6. Over medium heat add the stock, herbs and spices, sugar, and vegetables.
  7. Cover the pot and cook the soup for an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Once the soup has cooked add the finishing touches to thicken it up. In a small bowl add 1 Tbs flour, 1/4 cup milk and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and pour to the soup pot.
  9. Add the shredded cheese and pickles. (pickle is optional)
  10. Serve by sprinkling with more cheese, diced tomatoes, more pickles, and croutons.

Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti

This Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti has just a few ingredients but when they come together, they make for a brilliant meal that features crispy cheese and chicken on a bed of spaghetti covered in a sauce with a kick.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti on a plate with a beer pairing.

Let’s talk about comfort food for a minute. The weather is getting colder and I’m sure your thinking soups, casseroles, and things covered in gravy BUT might I remind you how comforting cheese is?

I mean…ccccchhhhheeeesssseeee. The gooey, melty goodness that only gets better when it’s cooked in a cast iron pan. The bits that get just a little overcooked and then the bits that are melted perfectly.

Chicken cooked in a  cast iron skillet

I mean look at that crispy chicken with the melty cheese! I’m not ashamed to say that when I make this chicken recipe, I grab a big forkful of all the goodness and take a big bite before serving.

Then to top it all off, this recipe comes together after you place the chicken on top of spaghetti noodles and a zesty sauce. EASY COMFORT FOOD – that’s what this is all about.

Chicken cooked in a  cast iron skillet

What beer pairs well with a cheesy chicken and spaghetti dinner?

The beer: 312 from Goose Island.

Light wheat beer pairs well with nearly every dish. Plus, it’s a great way to chase down the spiciness in the sauce.

What movie should you watch while eating chicken on top of spaghetti?

We’re starting the first of MANY times we’ll watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s a family favorite for sure.

What is your family’s favorite Christmas movie?

How to make Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti:

First, cook the spaghetti according to package directions.

Next, cut the chicken breasts into strips.

On a plate add the flour then HALF the packet of Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix to the flour, combine it using a fork.

Zesty Italian spice mix for Zesty Cheesy Chicken dinner.

Dredge the chicken into the flour mixture. Add to a heated cast iron pan that has 2 Tbs olive oil over medium/high heat.

Fry the chicken on each side for 5-6 minutes. Check the chicken to make sure that it has cooked through, turn off the heat and cover with the cheese.

Flour for dredging chicken in.

Once the spaghetti is cooked, remove and drain the water. Add the noodles back into the pan.

Spaghetti noodles being mixed with Zesty Italian Dressing Mix

Add the rest of the Italian Mix to the pan. Then finally add the spaghetti sauce and stir to combine.

Cook up some garlic bread, plate up the spaghetti and chicken and here you are……

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Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti
Crispy chicken covered in cheese then served on top of spaghetti, Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti is a dinner that everyone will love.
Course Main Dish
Keyword chicken, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword chicken, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into strips.
  3. On a plate add the flour then HALF the packet of Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix to the flour, combine it using a fork.
  4. Dredge the chicken into the flour mixture. Add to a heated cast iron pan that has 2 Tbs olive oil over medium/high heat.
  5. Fry the chicken on each side for 5-6 minutes. Check the chicken to make sure that it has cooked through, turn off the heat and cover with the cheese.
  6. Once the spaghetti is cooked, remove and drain the water. Add the noodles back into the pan.
  7. Add the rest of the Italian Mix to the pan. Then finally add the spaghetti sauce and stir to combine.
  8. Plate up the spaghetti and chicken. Enjoy!

Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili

Chunks of tender beef, tomatoes, spices, and jalapeno come together beautifully in this Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili. Hearty and full of flavor you will not miss the beans in this chili at all.

No Bean Beef Chili in a bowl ready for toppings.

We have been busy around here lately. School, sports, work, etc. and everything in between so why not add even more to our plate? Enter a new addition to the family.

So for this Mitten Movie Night instead of recommending a movie, I want to introduce you to Titan.

Titan, AmStaff Puppy

We have been in discussions about getting a puppy for some time now but once we saw his little face, we knew we didn’t want to wait any longer.

Titan was one of a litter that my husband found through Paws Of Hope in Stevensville, MI. They were so great to work with and I would highly recommend them if you are in the area and interested in adding a new member of your family.

What beer goes well with Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili?

The beer: Spaten Oktoberfest.

Yes, I know it’s no longer October but this beer is something I purchased extra of in October because it’s great to use in recipes and a light drinkable beer to have on hand for guests who don’t particularly like IPA’s.

I chose to make a beanless chili recipe because I wanted a chili recipe that would also double as a great way to use up a bag of tortilla chips that had been hanging around my cupboard.

Tortilla chips dipped into beanless chili.

Let’s start by talking about the ideal meat to use in the Instant Pot. I picked up this 2-pound eye of round roast from the store. With the marbling on it, I just knew it would be great. Just like when we smoke meat I’ve noticed that the more fat content meat has in it, the more tender it gets.

A piece of marbled eye of round roast, the best beef for the instant pot.

How to make Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili:

Prepare the ingredients that will go into the Instant Pot. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.

Cubed roast, chopped onion and a jalapeno for chili.

Should you add jalapeno to your chili?

Yes! I really like jalapenos and find that they just heighten the taste of everything from pasta to burgers.

Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the cubed roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.

Steps and instructions for making Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili

Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.

Finally, add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.

Oktoberfest beer being poured into an instant pot for a beanless beef beer chili

Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the ‘good to go’ dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at ‘sealing’. Set the Instant Pot to the ‘Meat/Stew’ setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.

Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.

The Instant Pot spends around 10 minutes building up the pressure and then another 10 minutes to bring the pressure down before taking the lid off. Make sure to factor this additional time for serving this instant pot chili.

Tortilla chips, cheese, onions and sour cream for toppings on chili.

I served this beanless chili with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. These toppings helped to cool down the jalapeno and add even more flavor.

And here you are…..

Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili ready to eat.

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Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili
Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili is so full of flavor, you will not miss the beans. The perfect cold-weather comfort food that will spice things up.
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, instant pot, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, instant pot, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the cubed roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.
  4. Add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the 'good to go' dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at 'sealing'. Set the Instant Pot to the 'Meat/Stew' setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.
  6. Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. Enjoy!

Portobello Mushroom Burger

Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this Portobello Mushroom Burger perfectly.

A veggie burger on a bun with mayonnaise ready to eat.

When I first got on IG I started something I hashtagged #MittenMovieNight.  Usually, Friday nights hubby & I enjoy a few craft beers and watch a movie.  I snapped what we are drinking and watching and tag it with this hashtag.  I look forward to this fun little night and I also look forward to sharing it.  So I thought, hey why not add a recipe to go along with it.  YEAH!  Dinner, Movie, Craft Beer!  So that is how #MittenMovieNight was born.

Here is just a taste of some of my FAVORITE recipe & beer pairings:

Side shot of a Portobello Mushroom Burger

What to watch while eating a juicy mushroom burger?

For this Mitten Movie Night we’re watching, The Bronze.  I love dark comedies!

What should I drink with a Marinated Portobello Mushroom Burger?

The beer: Boom Boom Betty from Three Blondes Brewing

Blondes are my favorite type of beer. Subtle with a nice fruity flavor and everyone I try is different from the other. But what I do know is that I will never go wrong. It’s delicious.

How to make Portobello Mushroom Burgers in the oven:

Start with the Basil Mayonnaise.  In a food processor combine basil, garlic, and salt.  While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.

Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.  Cover and refrigerate.  This will keep for around 3 days.  *Pro-tip: Basil mayo is also great on sandwiches!

Basil mayonnaise in a dish ready to go on a Portobello Burger.

Next, mix the marinade ingredients together for mushrooms.  Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice.  Set aside.

Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out. Don’t miss this step since leaving the gills in the mushroom can make them release more water, therefore, making them soggy.

Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them.  Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 10 minutes.

How to prepare a Portobello Mushroom to make it into a burger.

While the mushrooms marinate, chop peppers and onion.

Add 2 Tbs. of butter in a pan, let it melt over medium/high heat then add the peppers and onions to the pan.  Sautee for 5 minutes.

Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan.  With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers.  Top with mozzarella cheese.

Stuffed Portobello mushrooms on a cooking sheet with cheese on top.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking the mushrooms, I put butter on my split rolls and put them in the oven as well to crisp up the buns.

Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo.  Add mushroom burger.  And here you are…..

A Portobello Burger that is ready to eat.

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

Originally published in August of 2016. Updated photos in October 2019.

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Portobello Mushroom Burger

Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this Portobello Mushroom Burger perfectly.

Course Main Dish
Keyword burger

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise

Course Main Dish
Keyword burger

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes

Servings
burgers


Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade

Basil Mayonnaise


Instructions
Basil Mayonnaise
  1. In a food processor combine basil, garlic and salt. While running add oil through the top and blend until smooth.

  2. Take the ingredients from the processor and move to another bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.

  3. Cover and refrigerate. This will keep for around 3 days.

Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients together. Oil, vinegar, salt and lemon juice. Set aside.

  2. Prepare the mushrooms by removing the stems and scraping the gills out.

  3. Place mushrooms in a dish and pour the marinade over them. Let it sit in the marinade at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  4. Add 2 Tbs. of butter in a pan, let it melt over medium/high heat then add the peppers and onions to the pan.  Sautee for 5 minutes.  

  5. Assemble the marinated mushrooms on a greased baking pan. With mushroom cup side up add onions and peppers. Top with mushrooms.

  6. Cook at 425 degrees for 20-22 minutes.

  7. Smear the rolls of your choosing with pesto mayo. Add mushroom burger. Enjoy!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

This Cajun Chicken Pasta is a perfect mix of spicy and creamy. Blackened chicken makes this pasta recipe really stand out and will become one of your go-to comfort foods!

Chicken Pasta on a fork with a craft beer in the background

Oh, hello spicy. Nice to see you. There was a time that I didn’t hold such an affinity for you, and that makes me sad. Thankfully I am back to your side. Especially after enjoying a big plate of pasta, creamy sauce, crunchy peppers, and so much spicy goodness. This recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta is ready to put the spice back into life.

What beer pairs well with Cajun Pasta with Chicken?

The beer: Amber from Abita.

With spicy you don’t want overwhelming. Spicy chicken plus spicy sauce PLUS carbs…you want something that isn’t trying to fight with all the goodness of this dish so a pale ale like an amber is the perfect compliment.

A closeup of Cajun Chicken Pasta on a plate

What TV series pairs well with a spicy pasta dish?

Since in our house anything featuring Danny McBride cannot be missed, Righteous Gemstones is where it’s at this Mitten Movie Night. What a wild ride this show it. Funny but still with LOTS of WTF moments.

How to make Cajun Chicken Pasta:

I REALLY think that the key to this easy pasta recipe is the blackened chicken. Sprinkle the chicken with lots of Cajun seasoning then cooking it until crispy on the outside but juicy on the outside. That is what makes it meld so perfectly with this creamy pasta.

To achieve blackened chicken perfection it’s all about coating, frying, then taking it off at just the right moment. See the below example: I hate to brag, but yeah, that’s how you do it.

Blackened chicken that has been cooked on a cutting board

First, cut the chicken breasts in half. I try to cut mine to about 2-3 inches in the middle, no more. I want these to cook quick and stay juicy. The thicker they are, the longer they take to cook.

Sprinkle each side with 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning.

To a shallow rimmed pan add oil. Let the pan heat up then place the chicken in the pan. Cook 4-5 minutes then flip. Cook 4-5 additional minutes depending on the thickness of the cut. *Make a cut in the thickest part of the chicken breast to make sure that it has cooked through. If not, return to the pan and cook 1-2 minutes per side.

While the chicken is cooking, add the fettucini to a pot and boil according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.

Next, chop the red and green peppers, onions and mince the garlic.

Once the chicken has cooked, remove and place on a cutting board. Slice the chicken.

Sliced blackened chicken

In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, leaving the heat on medium, add 1 Tbs butter and let melt. Once the butter is melted add the sliced peppers, onions, and garlic and sautee. Cook for 5 minutes to soften but allowing them to still stay crunchy.

Add the flour, stirring the ingredients together, then slowly add 1/4 cup reserved water* from the fettucini. *I have found that using the pasta water when making a cream sauce stretches the sauce out without making it clumpy.

Next, add the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbs Cajun seasoning.

Parmesan cheese being added to a pan on the stove

Finally to the pan, add the drained cooked pasta. Top with the reserved green onions and jalapenos.

Like adding jalapenos to food? Try these recipes that are better with the spicy stuff on top:

I like to use tongs to combine everything together and then to serve. And here you are……

An overhead shot of Cajun Chicken Pasta in a pan ready to serve

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

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Cajun Chicken Pasta
Cajun Chicken Pasta has crispy blackened chicken, spicy and creamy sauce, crunchy peppers then topped off with jalapenos and green onions. One-pan comfort food with a kick!
Course Main Dish
Keyword chicken, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword chicken, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breasts in half.
  2. Sprinkle each side with 1 Tbs Cajun Seasoning.
  3. To a shallow rimmed pan add oil. Let the pan heat up then place the chicken in the pan. Cook 4-5 minutes then flip. Cook 4-5 additional minutes depending on the thickness of the cut.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, add the fettucini to a pot and boil according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.
  5. Next, chop the red and green peppers, onions and mince the garlic.
  6. Once the chicken has cooked, remove and place on a cutting board. Slice the chicken.
  7. In the same pan that you cooked the chicken, leaving the heat on medium, add 1 Tbs butter and let melt. Once the butter is melted add the sliced peppers, onions, and garlic and sautee. Cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the flour, stirring the ingredients together, then slowly add 1/4 cup reserved water from the fettucini.
  9. Next, add the heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbs Cajun seasoning.
  10. Finally to the pan, add the drained cooked pasta.
  11. Top with the reserved green onions and jalapenos. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries

Layers of crispy waffle fries, crunchy bacon, creamy ranch then topped with melted cheese. All made in the air fryer and minimal cleanup. Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries are just what snacking should be, easy and delicious!

Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries in an air fryer basket with lots of cheese on top.

I think it’s an official thing by now. We are going on 8 solid months of me being in love with my air fryer. If an inanimate object can be your BFF, my air fryer and I would be attached at the hip. This thing is THE BOMB! What can’t you make in this thing?

Can you make sandwiches in it? Yes! Check out this Roasted Pepper Turkey Sandwich.

Snacks for munching? Yes! Air Fryer Rosemary Cashews is one of my most popular recipes.

What about making an air fryer recipe that is loaded with bacon, ranch and LOTS of cheese? Um, yeah. That’s literally what I’m doing right now.

Overhead of waffle fries made in an air fryer with bacon and ranch with a craft beer off to the side.

So we’ve got dinner squared away for Mitten Movie Night so let’s talk about the beer and what we’re watching.

What beer pairs well with air fryer waffle fries loaded with ranch and bacon?

The beer: Oberon from Bell’s Brewery.

We are sadly getting to the end of Oberon season. It feels like yesterday that I was making Smoked Sausage Nachos and pairing them with Larry’s Flamingo Fruit Fight at the beginning of Spring and now here we are, almost to September.

What TV Show pairs well with waffle fries and great Michigan Craft Beer?

Hubby and I have been binging The Boys. Great show and can I add that Elisabeth Shue looks amazing. As someone who is about to slide into the last part of the first part of her 40’s, hats off to you lady.

A side shot of Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries. Lots of cheese, bacon, ranch and green onions on top.

How to make Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries:

Start off by setting the air fryer to 400 degrees. *My air fryer has a ‘french fry’ setting so I set it to that which is 400 degrees. Check your manual for cooking times.

Fry the waffles fries for 15-20 minutes shaking the basket in 5-minute intervals so they don’t stick to the bottom.

Once the waffle fries have cooked in the air fryer to the desired goldenness take the basket of the fryer out.

Layer with the cooked bacon and ranch. See isn’t this a perfect ‘one pan’ snack attack?

Steps of how to make crispy waffle fries in the air fryer then loading them with bacon, ranch, cheese and green onions.

Add cheese, then finally the green onions.

Cook in the air fryer for 2-4 minutes.

Serves with an ice-cold beer and here you are…..

Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries with Oberon

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Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries
Air Fryer Loaded Waffle Fries are loaded with bacon, ranch dressing, green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. These waffle fries are easy to make and delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Fry the waffles fries for 15-20 minutes shaking the basket in 5-minute intervals so they don't stick to the bottom.
  3. Once the waffle fries have cooked take the basket of the fryer out.
  4. Layer with the cooked bacon and ranch.
  5. Add cheese, then finally the green onions.
  6. Cook in the air fryer for 2-4 minutes.

Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes

Want crispy potatoes but you don’t want to deal with lots of oil and a messy stovetop? Making these Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes in the air fryer leaves little mess but that doesn’t mean they aren’t big on flavor.

Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes on a serving board with a craft beer off to the side.

Is there anything that the air fryer can’t do? I use it to make everything from sandwiches to snacks, so this appliance gets a workout here in my kitchen. So for this Mitten Movie Night I am going to show how you can make these crispy potatoes that you can eat on their own with a cold beer or how to add them to other delicious recipes.

What beer pairs well with fried potatoes?

The beer: Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery.

These potatoes pair perfectly with the citrus notes in this summer ale. This is such an easy-drinking beer so it’s perfect for long summer afternoons.

Close-up of potatoes made in the air fryer.

What should I read while eating air fryer potatoes and drinking a summer ale?

I have been reading like crazy this summer. On Twitter, Stephen King recommended this book and said he could not put it down. Guess what? Neither could I! I read Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak in ONE DAY.

Want more book recommendations follow my Book Reviews stories on IG.

An Instagram photo of Necessary People.

Look how crispy these are! So why wouldn’t I call these Crispy Air Fryer Potato Chips? They sure look like chips. I didn’t call them ‘potato chips’ because I want to keep this recipe open for interpretation.

A crispy potato made in the air fryer.

Can you snack on them like chips? Yes. But they can be so much more. Make these potatoes and add them to make a Cajun Steak & Potato Salad. Skip the tortilla chips for Smoke Sausage Nachos and make a ‘tachos’ meal with them. Use the sauce on these Pesto Fries for a salty and cheesy side dish.

Now that we have down a few ideas of how to use these fried potaotes, let’s make them!

How to make Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes:

First, clean the potatoes. Slice them thinly using a knife or vegetable slicer.

The next step is very important. In a bowl add cool water and place the sliced potatoes into it. Let them sit in the water for 30 minutes.

Why do you want to soak potato slices in water before frying them?

This gets the potato starch from the potatoes and keeps them from getting soggy and sticking together. You want maximum crispiness so make sure to do this step.

After the potatoes have been soaked drain the water then using a paper towel dry off the potatoes.

Step-by-step of soaking potatoes to make them in the air fryer.

To the uncooked potatoes add the olive oil and seasonings. Stir to coat the potaotes evenly.

Place the potatoes into the basket of the air fryer. Set the air fryer to 380 degrees and set for 25 minutes. Push ‘start.

Check the potatoes after 10 minutes and using a small spatula, flip the potatoes around. Slide the basket back in then perform the same action every 5 minutes for another 15 minutes.

Remove from the air fryer and serve as desired. And here you are……

Crispy air fryer potatoes ready to be served.

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

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Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes
Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes are savory, crunchy and the perfect side to burgers and hot dogs. Next time you want fried potatoes skip the traditional oil and pan and make these.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Clean the potatoes. Slice them thinly using a knife or vegetable slicer.
  2. In a bowl add cool water and place the sliced potatoes into it. Let them sit in the water for 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the water then using a paper towel dry off the potatoes.
  4. To the uncooked potatoes add the olive oil and seasonings. Stir to coat the potatoes evenly.
  5. Place the potatoes into the basket of the air fryer. Set the air fryer to 380 degrees and set for 25 minutes. Push 'start.
  6. Check the potatoes after 10 minutes and using a small spatula, flip the potatoes around. Slide the basket back in then perform the same action every 5 minutes for another 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the air fryer and serve as desired. Enjoy!

BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich

This BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich recipe has all my favorite things in it!
Sliced chicken piled high with bacon and crunchy homemade coleslaw then drizzled with BBQ sauce.
Full of flavor and so easy to make!

BBQ Chicken and Bacon Sandwich on a plate.

I often profess my love for sandwiches. There are so many sandwich combinations you can make that it would really be hard to tire of them. Summer is also a great time to have sandwich fixings on hand for quick lunches or dinners in between trips to the lake or pool.

“Too few people understand a really good sandwich.”

— James Beard
A hand holding a sandwich and a craft beer off to the side.

What craft beer pairs well with BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwiches:

The beer: Floridian Hefeweizen from Funky Buddha.

I fell in LOVE with this one while we were down in Florida on vacation. It’s a light drinkable beer that’s full of citrus notes and is similar to the blonde styles that I love so much.

A chicken sandwich piled high with bacon and coleslaw.

What should I watch on TV while eating a sandwich?

Of course, this Mitten Movie Night HAS to be all about binging Stranger Things. While I didn’t make an Indiana Themed menu as I did for Season One, this chicken sandwich is tasty no matter where you live.

How to make BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwiches:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

This recipe uses already cooked chicken breasts. Cooking up a few in the crock-pot then shredding is a quick meal must!

On a sheet pan split 6 brioche hamburger buns in half. Butter the tops and place face down on one half of the pan. Place the bottom half on the plan and spread the shredded cheese evenly between the 6 bottom sides.

How to prepare chicken sandwiches for baking.

Top with the pre-cooked shredded chicken, splitting the chicken evenly over the bottoms.

Place in the oven and bake 12 minutes.

Cook the bacon to the desired doneness then remove and drain on a paper towel covered plate.

Quick Coleslaw Recipe:

In a small bowl combine the coleslaw mixture, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, and sugar.

Making it up to a half-hour early and placing it in the refrigerator makes sure all the flavors meld together beautifully.

Coleslaw makes for a great BBQ chicken sandwich topping. It’s creamy and crunchy and best of all, easy to make. Placing homemade coleslaw on top of a sandwich takes you to the pinnacle of sandwich Nirvana.

How to assemble BBQ chicken sandwiches

Now it’s time to assemble these BBQ Chicken Sandwich with coleslaw.

Top the baked bottom half of the sandwich with BBQ sauce of your choice. Add the coleslaw. Now the bacon. Finally, more BBQ Sauce.

Need more sandwich inspiration?

And here you are……

BBQ Chicken and Bacon Sandwiches and a craft beer.

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

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BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
With layers of sliced chicken, crispy bacon, creamy coleslaw, and tangy BBQ sauce, this BBQ Chicken and Bacon Sandwich recipe prove that sandwiches can be anything but boring.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Quick Coleslaw
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Quick Coleslaw
Instructions
BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. On a sheet pan split 6 brioche hamburger buns in half. Butter the tops and place face down on one half of the pan.
  3. Place the bottom half on the plan and spread the shredded cheese evenly between the 6 bottom sides.
  4. Top with the pre-cooked shredded chicken, splitting the chicken evenly over the bottoms.
  5. Place in the oven and bake 12 minutes.
  6. Cook the bacon to the desired doneness then remove and drain on a paper towel covered plate.
  7. Top the baked bottom half of the sandwich with BBQ sauce of your choice. Add the coleslaw. Now the bacon. Finally, more BBQ Sauce. Enjoy!
Quick Coleslaw
  1. In a small bowl combine the coleslaw mixture, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, and sugar.

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