Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

Do you love hot dogs? How about bacon? Now, how about garlic aioli? Let’s put those all together to make this Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog. Crack open a cold beer and dive into a different way to eat hot dogs.

Overhead shot of part of a bacon wrapped hot dog with toppings on it.

Warmer weather just calls for some good hamburger and hot dog recipes! This specific recipe has been one that I’ve wanted to recreate at home for a while. While we were at a picnic through our local energy co-op there was a gourmet hot dog truck there and this was the one that I chose.

I picked it because: 1) It had bacon on it! 2) There was a sauce on it that sounded amazing, garlic aioli. My interest was peaked and I am glad that I chose this one, amazing.

A closeup of a hot dog wrapped in bacon with jalapeno and a garlic aioli sauce on it.

Now that I’ve made this recipe at home, I will definently be adding it to my hot dog rotation for sure!

What beer pairs well with Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Garlic Aioli?

The beer: Woody Wheat Ale from Austin Brothers Beer Company.

A perfect wheat ale that doesn’t take away from the bacon and aioli.

What movie pairs well with hot dogs that have been wrapped in bacon:

For this Mitten Movie Night I’m finishing up Santa Clarita Diet. I am so sad to hear that this show that I LOVE has been cancelled. So long Sheila, so long Gary.

How to make a Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog:

Wrapping bacon on hot dogs is so simple! Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.

Wrap a baking sheet with tin foil. This will make clean up so much easier!

Start by taking a piece of bacon at the top of a hot dog. Wrap the bacon going down around the hot dog. Place on the baking sheet and continue until they are all wrapped.

Bake in the oven for 12-18 minutes. The quickness of these getting done depending on your oven temperature.

Hot dogs wrapped in bacon and on a sheet pan covered in tin foil.

Take the bacon and put under the broiler for 40-50 seconds.

Take them out and turn, put under the broiler again for another 40-50 seconds to crisp the other side.

Steam some buns and add the hot dogs to them. Now they are ready for topping!

Hot dog buns with bacon wrapped hot dogs tucked inside.

How to make Garlic Aioli:

In a small bowl mix together the mayo, garlic cloves, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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To top off the hot dog I slathered garlic aioli on top, sprinkled Monterey Jack cheese, green onions, and jalapenos.

Want more hot dog recipes?

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Hot dogs that are wrapped in bacon and with a craft beer off to the side.

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Garlic Aoili recipe from Baking Mischief

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Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog
A Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog is the best way to elevate your hot dog eating experience! Top with garlic aioli, cheese, jalapenos, and green onions.
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Air Fryer Rosemary Cashews

For parties or anytime it’s necessary to make sure you always have snacks on hand! Air Fryer Rosemary Cashews are full of flavor and crunch and simple to make.

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A handful of nuts is one of my very favorite snacks! Whether they are peanuts that I have to shell myself or mixed nuts, I find that they always do the trick when I’m looking for a treat.

A few years back my friend gave me a great recipe for Rosemary Cashews. The recipe was initially to be made in the oven but since I’m currently obsessed with my air fryer, I decided to give it a try in there.

A bowl of nuts and craft beers off to the sides.

Making these cashews in the air fryer meant that I could make a small batch for just me or a larger batch if we had guests or if I want to have extras for snacks.

How to make Air Fryer Rosemary Cashews:

I made these in a small batch for snacking so I used 1/4 of the recipe that I have below. I love that I can whip up a small amount for movie night, it works great in the air fryer.

In a microwave proof bowl melt the butter.

To the melted butter add Worcestershire Sauce, rosemary, chili powder, mustard powder, and brown sugar. Stir to combine.

Add the cashews to another bowl. Pour the butter mixture over the top.

Stir to coat the nuts with the butter mixture.

Ingredients and steps for making cashews in the air fryer.

Place the nuts in a layer in the air fryer tray.

Set the air fryer to 300 degrees and cook for 4 minutes. Remove the tray and stir the nuts. Put the tray back and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Repeat one final time.

Check the nuts to see if they are golden. Take the nuts and spread them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper to cool.

Serve with some great craft beer and a good movie. Have extras? Store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Tips for making cashews in the air fryer:

  • When making a larger batch, half the mixture and make in 2 separate batches.
  • Do not be alarmed when you see that they are ‘soft’ to touch.

Want more air fryer recipes?

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Air Fryer Rosemary Cashews
Air Fryer Rosemary Cashews can be whipped up in no time at all in small or big batches. Crunchy, sweet and savory these make the perfect snack!
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Instructions
  1. In a microwave proof bowl melt the butter.
  2. To the melted butter add Worcestershire Sauce, rosemary, chili powder, mustard powder, and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the cashews to another bowl. Pour the butter mixture over the top.
  4. Stir to coat the nuts with the butter mixture.
  5. Place the nuts in a layer in the air fryer tray. When making a larger batch, half the mixture and make in 2 separate batches.
  6. Set the air fryer to 300 degrees and cook for 4 minutes. Remove the tray and stir the nuts. Put the tray back and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Repeat one final time.
  7. Check the nuts to see if they are golden. Do not be alarmed when you see that they are 'soft' to touch. Take the nuts and spread them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper to cool.
  8. Store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.
Recipe Notes

No Air Fryer, No Problem Mix the butter mixture and nuts then add to a sheet pan. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-20 minutes, mixing half way through.

Smoked Sausage Nachos

Crispy tortilla chips, smoked sausage, a mix of peppers and onions drowned in beer cheese sauce. For a main dish or easy appetizer, Smoked Sausage Nachos are not your ordinary finger food.

Overhead shot of Smoked Sausage Nachos with a craft beer off to the side.

I was looking around from some Midwest favorites to remake for Mitten Movie Night. That’s when I came across this article: 52 Comfort Foods All Midwesterners Know. Even as a Midwesterner, there were loads of recipes in here I had never even heard of. One that immediately jumped out to me on the list was Beer and Brat Nachos from Taste of Home.

NACHOS LOADED WITH MEAT THEN COVERED IN BEER CHEESE? Yeah, that sounds good. In mine, I swapped out the bratwurst and made it even simpler with cooked smoked sausage. Made a simple recipe for beer cheese sauce and we are on our way to tasty town.

A close up of nachos with toppings on it.

This week is a “celebration’ of sorts on the blog! It’s the first time that I get to show off what I’ve been up to besides the blog.

A few months back I was asked if I would be interested in writing recipe and craft beer pairings for an area magazine, Michiana Life. Having this honor really felt like Bottom Left of the Mitten is not only online but also reaching out to local readers too!

I had been struggling lately with the decision to rebrand the blog name for a larger audience, but this just made me realize that sticking with what I started with was the right move.

A copy of Michigan Life magazine and an open copy behind it.

This week is also 3 months at my new job! The new year had me doing some real soul searching. After the better part of 10 years working from home as a virtual assistant, I decided that I really needed an outside focus for myself.

Working from home can be lonely and frustrating. Long hours paired with long winters and work always beckoning from the sleeping laptop even when you want to focus on other things. It’s rough. Since Little A started school in the Fall I felt like this was a great time to look for a part-time job.

So with resume in hand, I jumped at the chance to apply for a job at our local library, and happily got it! I couldn’t have asked for a better position. It gets me out of the house while still affording me time to work on my virtual assistant business and blog. Bonus, I get to be around books all day.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King in On Writing (print from InkInTheOzarks)

I’ve always been an avid reader so I thought this would be a great time to add another entertainment aspect of the blog and start adding book recommendations along with movies and TV shows. So let’s get started!

—-> Let’s follow each other on GoodReads! <——-

What book pairs well with beer and nachos smothered in beer cheese?

The book: No Exit by Taylor Adams.

Holy smokes, this book is a thrill ride from beginning to end. I could not put it down and you won’t want to either.

The book No Exit by Taylor Adams

What craft beer pairs well with Smoke Sausage Nachos?

The beer: Larry’s Fruit Flight from Bell’s

The fruity notes and lime pair so well with not only the smoky sausage but the warm weather that is finally here!

How to make Smoked Sausage Nachos:

The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is! Let’s start with the beer cheese sauce.

For this I used a recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, The Chunky Chef. This Creamy Beer Cheese Sauce turned out great using Yuengling.

Steps and ingredients for making beer cheese sauce and nachos.

Start the rest of the nacho recipe by chopping the smoked sausage, peppers and onions.

In a pan heat up 1 tsp olive oil then sautee the sausage, peppers, and onions until the peppers and onions are cooked, around 6-8 minutes.

On a sheet pan spread out the tortilla chips. Add the sausage and peppers over the top.

Finally, pour the beer cheese sauce over the top. Add more chopped peppers and cilantro if you wish. Serve immediately.

Looking for more Sausage & Beer pairings?

And here you are……

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Smoke Sausage Nachos
Layers of tortilla chips, smoked sausage, peppers, and onions are smothered in beer cheese sauce. Smoked Sausage Nachos make a great appetizer or main dish.
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Instructions
  1. For the beer cheese sauce: I used a recipe from, The Chunky Chef. I used Yuengling for the beer.
  2. Chop the smoked sausage, peppers and onions.
  3. In a pan heat up 1 tsp olive oil then sautee the sausage, peppers, and onions until the peppers and onions are cooked, around 6-8 minutes.
  4. On a sheet pan spread out the tortilla chips. Add the sausage and peppers over the top.
  5. Finally, pour the beer cheese sauce over the top. Add more chopped peppers and cilantro if you wish. Serve immediately.

Bubble & Squeak

 Boiled potatoes and fried cabbage come together to form a great side dish or main ingredient in this Bubble & Squeak.  Round out the meal with ham steaks, fried eggs and Hollandaise Sauce on the top. 

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Binge watching cooking shows on the weekend paid off big time.  I mean look how good this recipe that was made on Food Paradise!  The Chef made a classic dish, Bubble and Squeak, then added ham, eggs and one of my favorites…Hollandaise Sauce.

What beer pairs well with Bubble & Squeak?

The beer: Guinness, of course.

Would you like an alternative, local Irish beer? Short’s Brewing Uncle Steve’s Traditional Irish Style Stout.

Try my Irish Stout Cake made with Uncle Steve’s for a St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

What movie pairs well with a St. Patrick’s Day themed dinner?

For  Mitten Movie Night why not just sit back and relax?  Play some music, talk with each other and enjoy the fact that Spring is just about here.

But if you must watch something check out this article for some great recommendations—> 15 Best Movies to Watch for St. Patrick’s Day

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For this classic dish, it’s a basic combination of cabbage and potatoes.  I made this in two pots-a larger pot then a deep skillet.

How to make Bubble & Squeak:

Clean, peel and chop potatoes then add to water.  Boil for 20 minutes until tender then drain.

Tips for making Bubble & Squeak:

  • Previously, I chopped the cabbage for this recipe but felt like it was too chunky to form good patties.  I updated the recipe and shredded the cabbage in the food processor. 
  • When forming the patties I let them chill in the freezer to firm them up, a step I didn’t do last time – even if you put them in the freezer for 10 minutes they will work much better for frying.

You will only need half of this, I made some coleslaw with the remaining half, yum!

To a food processor add the cabbage, onion and garlic and pulse until they are in small pieces.

Soften 1 Tbs butter in the pan the potatoes were cooked in.  To the pot that the potatoes were cooked in sautee the cabbage mixture for 4-5 minutes.

Add the potatoes back into the pan plus the milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste, and parsley flakes.  Using a potato masher smash everything together.

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Take a cookie sheet and add parchment paper.  Scoop out 8 patties then put them into the freezer for up to an hour.  This step makes it SO MUCH EASIER to fry the patties. 

Once they have cooled set up the staging area.  In 3 separate containers crack 2 eggs, 1/2 cup flour with salt and pepper to taste then 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.

Bring 1/2 cup oil to frying to med/high heat for frying.  Take the patties, flip on both sides into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.

Add to oil in the pan frying on each side for 4-5 minutes.  Crispy!!  Remove and add to a plate with a paper towel.
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The Chef on the show served the patties with poached eggs, ham steaks and Hollandaise Sauce, the sauce is what sold me on making this for sure.  Eggs Benedict is what I order whenever I go out if it’s on the menu.  While I’ve tried to make the sauce many, many times at home with a 100% fail rate I quickly realized there was a better alternative.  The best part is it isn’t too buttery, cook the eggs I add or have a bitter lemon taste. Win!  That alternative is this—>

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Prepare the sauce as recommended on the package.  Then all that’s left to do is to cook the eggs which can be fried or poached.  Heat the ham steaks.

Prepare on a plate and drizzle with the sauce.

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And here you are…..
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Originally published in February of 2017. Updated photos & recipe March of 2019. 

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Bubble & Squeak

This Bubble and Squeak has crispy potato and cabbage patties served alongside poached eggs and ham. The final touch, Hollandaise Sauce. The perfect breakfast or 'brinner'.

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

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Instructions
  1. Clean, peel and chop potatoes then add to water. Boil for 20 minutes until tender then drain.

  2. To a food processor add the cabbage, onion and garlic and pulse until they are in small pieces.

  3. Soften 1 Tbs butter in the pan the potatoes were cooked in. To the pot that the potatoes were cooked in sautee the cabbage mixture for 4-5 minutes.

  4. Add the potatoes back into the pan plus the milk, butter, salt and pepper to taste, and parsley flakes. Using a potato masher smash everything together.

  5. Take a cookie sheet and add parchment paper. Scoop out 8 patties then put them into the freezer for up to an hour. This step makes it SO MUCH EASIER to fry the patties.

  6. Once they have cooled set up the staging area. In 3 separate containers crack 2 eggs, 1/2 cup flour with salt and pepper to taste then 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.

  7. Bring 1/2 cup oil to frying to med/high heat for frying. Take the patties, flip on both sides into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs.

  8. Add to oil in the pan frying on each side for 4-5 minutes. Remove and add to a plate with a paper towel.

  9. Prepare the sauce as recommended on the package. Then all that's left to do is to cook the eggs which can be fried or poached. Heat the ham steaks.

  10. Prepare on a plate and drizzle with the sauce. Enjoy!

Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Dig into the comforting bowl of Shrimp & Corn Chowder. Thick and full of shrimp, crunchy corn, potatoes, and a creamy broth. The perfect comfort food soup.

Shrimp and Corn Chowder in a bowl with a craft beer and buttered crackers off to the side.

Well, it’s still REALLY cold here. The beginning of the week was brutal and now it’s about to start a weekend of storms and high winds. This though I can easily get over because Spring is going to come eventually. Until then, I have this beautiful soup and tonight’s Mitten Movie Night to keep me warm.

What movie pairs well with cold weather and warm soup?

If you have Hulu you have to watch Down.  This movie was a real nail biter! Suspense fans will love it.

What beer pairs well with Shrimp & Corn Chowder?

The beer: The Poet from New Holland Brewing.

Creamy and light this is the perfect pairing with the flavors in this chowder.

This whole meal will leave you satisfied but not weighed down and napping on the couch before the movie even starts.

Shrimp and Corn Chowder in a bowl.

The best part of this soup is that it’s easy to make. As always, I use frozen already cooked shrimp. This may not be popular but it’s one of my top convenience items.

How else can you use frozen precooked shrimp?

How to make Shrimp & Corn Chowder:

Start by thawing the shrimp in warm water.

Next, wash and cube the potatoes, red peppers, onions and mince the garlic.

Ingredients to make Shrimp & Corn Chowder laid out on a counter ready to make it.

Once the vegetables have been chopped and the shrimp thawed add 2 Tbs to a large stockpot.

Now add the chopped vegetables, garlic, and thawed shrimp. Sautee the vegetables for 2 minutes.

Add the flour then stir it all together. Now add the corn, vegetable broth, and seasoning. Let simmer for 25 minutes.

Items for Shrimp and Corn Chowder chopped up and in a pot.

During the last 10 minutes take a small bowl and mix together the milk and flour. This will thicken up the chowder. Now add the Parmesan cheese. Pour into the soup and let finish cooking.

Sprinkle with more Parmesan and shrimp if you like. Serve with crackers. And here you are……

Shrimp and Corn Chowder in a bowl with a craft beer and buttered crackers off to the side.

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Shrimp and Corn Chowder
This Shrimp and Corn Chowder is just the thing the end of Winter has been looking for. It has shrimp, potatoes, red pepper, corn, and a creamy broth.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Start by thawing the shrimp in warm water.
  2. Next, wash and cube the potatoes, red peppers, onions and mince the garlic.
  3. Once the vegetables have been chopped and the shrimp thawed add 2 Tbs to a large stockpot.
  4. Now add the chopped vegetables, garlic and thawed shrimp. Sautee the vegetables for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the flour then stir it all together. Now add the corn, vegetable broth, and seasoning. Let simmer for 25 minutes.
  6. During the last 10 minutes take a small bowl and mix together the milk and flour. This will thicken up the chowder. Now add the Parmesan cheese. Pour into the soup and let finish cooking.
  7. Sprinkle with more Parmesan and shrimp if you like. Serve with crackers. Enjoy!

Roasted Pepper Turkey Sandwich

This Roasted Pepper Turkey Sandwich is made with turkey, lots of cheese, sweet red peppers and crunchy ciabatta bread. Making sandwiches in the air fryer is going to become your new FAVORITE thing!

A roasted pepper turkey sandwich cut in half ready to eat with a craft beer in the background.

When I’m asked what my favorite food is I instantly say, ‘Sandwiches.’ I definitely live by my personal heroine’s wisdom on what makes the sandwich so great.

“Can I share with you my worldview? All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.” – Liz Lemon

So many combinations of flavors from the meat and bread, to what vegetables and types of cheese to add and what sauce to slather on it.

My favorite though has to be one that is warm and has a nice and crunchy bread. So guess what I do to get that nice and toasty bread? Tip: I use my air fryer to make sandwiches!

A roasted pepper turkey sandwich cut in half ready to eat with a craft beer in the background.

What movie pairs well with a turkey sandwich and craft beer pairing?

For tonight’s Mitten Movie Night we are watching Bohemian Rhapsody. I know I’m a little late to the party but honestly I was having a hard time wrapping my head around Sacha Baron Cohen NOT being in it. Did you know he was originally slated to play the lead?

What beer pairs well with a Roasted Pepper Turkey Sandwich?

The beer: Blonde Ale from Green Flash Brewing

Blonde’s are by far my favorite beer. Slight citrus and the sweetness of honey this is a beer that pairs well with pretty much any sandwich craving I’m having.

How to make Roasted Pepper Turkey Sandwich in the air fryer:

Butter one side of two slices of ciabatta bread. Lay one piece butter side down in the bottom of the air fryer basket.

To the bread add half the cheese, half the red peppers.

All the stuff for a roasted pepper turkey sandwich set on a counter with half the sandwich in the bottom of an air fryer.

Layer the turkey on top.

Repeat the cheese, red peppers and the final piece of bread with the butter side up.

To the top of the bread sprinkle with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.

Place the basket back into the air fryer and set at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes in the air fryer. Open the drawer and flip the sandwich. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

Get inspired with these other sandwich & beer pairings:

And here you are……

A roasted pepper turkey sandwich cut in half ready to eat with a craft beer next to it.

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Roasted Pepper Turkey Sandwich
This Roasted Pepper Turkey Sandwich is so easy and delicious! Turkey, red peppers, lots of cheese and a crunchy bread made right in the air fryer.
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Cook Time 8 minutes
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Cook Time 8 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Butter one side of two slices of ciabatta bread. Lay one piece butter side down in the bottom of the air fryer basket.
  2. To the bread add half the cheese, half the red peppers.
  3. Layer the turkey on top.
  4. Repeat the cheese, red peppers and the final piece of bread with the butter side up.
  5. To the top of the bread sprinkle with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Place the basket back into the air fryer and set at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
  7. After 5 minutes in the air fryer. Open the drawer and flip the sandwich. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  8. Cut the sandwich in half and serve. Enjoy!

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!

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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.

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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!

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.
Fiesta Fries | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Fiesta Fries | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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.
Shrimp Spaghetti | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Shrimp Spaghetti | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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.

Fried Cheese Curds

Fried cheese curds are a Midwest pub staple that can easily be made right at home. Little balls of cheese fried until crunchy. Dip them into marinara sauce or ranch and you have an appetizer or snack that fills that cheese void you’ve been looking for.  

Fried Cheese Curds on a pan ready to eat!

We are on to the first Mitten Movie Night of the holiday season.  The tree is up, stockings are hung and I have to admit that I am getting pretty jazzed about it. Along with the holidays, Christmas movie watching and football playoffs you should always have a great snack on hand for that extra binge-worthy, lazy on the couch kinds of days.  That’s where these Fried Cheese Curds come into play.

What movie pairs well with fried cheese and beer?

In the mood for a new Christmas movie?  Check out The Christmas Chronicles on Netflix.  Kurt Russell as St. Nick is pretty genius casting.  Super cute and perfect to watch with the family.

What beer pairs well with Fried Cheese Curds?

The beer: Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co., Sconnie Smash

We just spent a wonderful few days for our youngest’s birthday in Wisconsin Dells.  Yes, Wisconsin Dells can still be fun in the winter.

While the town was pretty dead and not many businesses were open, we stayed at Mt. Olympus which had an indoor waterpark.  After a day of play, we hit Moosejaw Pizza & Brewing Co. for some great food (I even remade my favorite there, Portobello Mushroom Burger), homemade pop for the kids and a cold glass of beer for the adults.

I went with the Sconnie Smash.  This beer was part of the Sconnie Beer line. It was so tart and flavorful, almost tasted like cherry pop.  Before heading home we picked up a few 6 packs at the local liquor store.

Fried Cheese Curds on a pan and one with a bite taken out of it. A craft beer and sauce off to the side.

For these cheese curds, I made them in the way of Culver’s.  Some recipes call for using a batter but I like the breading on Culver’s curds so it was an easy decision of what method I would use.

Here is a pro-tip for making cheese curds:  It takes time!  Don’t plan on having these hot and ready in 20 minutes.  You are looking more like 3 hours.

How to make Fried Cheese Curds:

Open the package of cheese curds and place them on a plate.  Let them ‘sweat’ for about half an hour.

Set up an assembly line of 1 plate flour, 1 bowl of whisked eggs, 1 plate of breadcrumbs mixed with salt and Italian seasoning.

First, roll a cheese curd into the flour.

Steps and ingredients for making Fried Cheese Curds.

Next, dip the cheese curd into the egg.

Roll the cheese curd into the breadcrumb mixture.

Place on a large cookie sheet with a wire rack.  Continue with the rest of the curds.

Put the cookie sheet with the cheese curds into the freezer and let sit for 30-60 minutes.

Cheese curds on a cookie sheet going into the freezer.

Set up a frying assembly line.

In a cast iron pan add the oil.  Bring to frying level.  On another cookie sheet add paper towels.

Add about 10 curds to the pan and fry for about 40 seconds, then flip.  Fry another 10 seconds.

Remove and add to the paper towel sheet to drain.

Cheese curds on a pan and a pan on the stove with oil in it ready to fry the cheese curds.

Work these fried cheese curds in batches.

Once they are all cooked serve immediately with rach or my favorite, marinara sauce.

Make fried cheese curds and these burger & hot dog recipes:

And here you are…..

Fried Cheese Curds on a pan with a craft beer and sauces off to the side.

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

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Recipe adapted from CopyKat.com

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Fried Cheese Curds

These fried cheese curds are the perfect crunchy, cheesy treat you've been looking for! Breaded with a hint of Italian Seasoning then fried to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of sauce for dipping.

Fried Cheese Curds | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 90 minutes

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servings


Ingredients

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 90 minutes

Servings
servings


Ingredients

Fried Cheese Curds | Bottom Left of the Mitten


Instructions
  1. Open the package of cheese curds and place them on a plate. Let them 'sweat' for about half an hour.

  2. Set up an assembly line of 1 plate flour, 1 bowl of whisked eggs, 1 plate of breadcrumbs mixed with salt and Italian seasoning.

  3. First, roll a cheese curd into the flour.

  4. Next, dip the cheese curd into the egg.

  5. Roll the cheese curd into the breadcrumb mixture.

  6. Place on a large cookie sheet with a wire rack. Continue with the rest of the curds.

  7. Put the cookie sheet with the cheese curds into the freezer and let sit for 30-60 minutes.

  8. Set up a frying assembly line. In a cast iron pan add the oil. Bring to frying level. On another cookie sheet add paper towels.

  9. Add about 10 curds to the pan and fry for about 40 seconds, then flip. Fry another 10 seconds.

  10. Remove and add to the paper towel sheet to drain.

  11. Work these fried cheese curds in batches.

  12. Once they are all cooked serve immediately with rach or my favorite, marinara sauce. Enjoy!

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