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.

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.

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.

Once the spaghetti it 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……

Zesty Cheesy Chicken and Spaghetti

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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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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  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!

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
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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  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.

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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
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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  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 precooked 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 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 pinnacle 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.

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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
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BBQ Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
Quick Coleslaw
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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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.

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?

And here you are…..

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

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

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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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Cook Time 18 minutes
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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.

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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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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!

Double Deluxe Tacos

Crispy and crunchy these double deluxe tacos have everything that a taco lover is looking for. Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday to enjoy these Double Deluxe Tacos.

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These tacos have 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.

What beer pairs well with Double Deluxe Tacos?

The beer: Chicka Chicka Yeah from Odd Side Ales.

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 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.

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What TV show pairs well with tacos?

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.

How to make Double Deluxe Tacos:

Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger.  Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.  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.

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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.

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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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.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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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!

Hacienda Torta Cubana

This copycat recipe for Hacienda Torta Cubana sandwich is made with homemade salsa bread stacked high with pulled pork, salty ham, cheese, and pickles. Add some Apricot Sriracha Sauce for some sweet heat! 

Hacienda Torta Cubana on a plate with Apricot Sriracha Sauce off to the side ready to eat.

Did you know that this weekend kicks off not only Cinco De Mayo but also the Kentucky Derby?  Double celebrations for this Mitten Movie Night.  Who is ready to party?  I know I am.  For this very special day, I made this copycat recipe that I really love from a very popular restaurant, Hacienda.

Really going out for this recipe I made the bread from scratch then piled this Hacienda torta Cubana high with slow-cooked pork, ham, cheese and a special spicy sauce to top it off.

What beer pairs well with a Torta Cubana?

The beer: Latitude 42 Brewing Company, Nectar of the Goddess.

I really love this beer it is fruity and perfect for the warmer weather. Complimenting the sweet and spicy topping on this sandwich and cut the salty taste of the pork and ham.

Hacienda Torta Cubana and Apricot Sriracha Sauce cut in half.

As I said in the intro, I made the bread for this sandwich from scratch.  This Salsa Bread was so good and I was pleased with how well it took off on the blog.

In fact, just two days it is now my #1 post on the blog.  If you do not want to make the bread from scratch any sandwich bun will work.

Salsa Bread cut on a cutting board.

Need a use for leftover pulled pork?

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

How to make a Hacienda Torta Cubana:

Divide the pork and ham up and you will make each of these made-to-order in one pan.

To a pan add the pulled pork and ham.  Start to cook it over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Flip the meat.

Butter the bottoms of the bread with some butter then add to the pan butter side down.

Add cheese to the top of meat then cook for another 2-3 minutes until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted.

Remove and stack the sandwich on a plate and then prepare the Apricot Sriracha Sauce.

Ingredients and steps to make a Hacienda Torta Cubana.

While the description for the sauce on this is ‘Spicy Chipotle’ I decided to use one of my favorite condiments, sriracha.

Mix together some Apricot Jelly and sriracha according to taste but use the general recipe below to what I use and adjust from there.

Assemble the sandwich with warm and toasted salsa bread.

Pile high with the pork, ham, and cheese.  Add the pickles and the sauce.  Top off this deliciousness with the last piece of bread.

And here you are….

A Torta Cubana on a plate with a craft beer.

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

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Hacienda Torta Cubana
This Hacienda Torta Cubana sandwich copycat has spicy salsa bread stacked high with pulled pork, salty ham, cheese, and pickles. Add some Apricot Sriracha Sauce for a one of a kind sandwich.
Hacienda Torta Cubana | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Torta Cubana Sandwich
Apricot Srircha Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Torta Cubana Sandwich
Apricot Srircha Sauce
Hacienda Torta Cubana | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Divide the pork and ham up and you will make each of these made-to-order in one pan.
  2. To a pan add the pulled pork and ham. Start to cook it over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Flip the meat.
  3. Butter the bottoms of the bread with some butter then add to the pan butter side down.
  4. Add cheese to the top of meat then cook for another 2-3 minutes until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted.
  5. Remove and stack the sandwich on a plate and then prepare the Apricot Sriracha Sauce.

Tyler Florence’s Chicken & Sausage Etouffee

Chicken and Sausage Etouffee has spicy andouille sausage, chicken and a simple sauce that comes together to make one spectacular dish.

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This Mitten Movie Night is the first in July!  Did you have a good 4th?  Last week instead of Mitten Movie Night I posted my Best BBQ Sauce recipe for #CookoutWeek.  It was an honor to be a part of it.

Tonight I am making a chicken and sausage etouffee recipe that I watched Tyler Florence make on The Food Network years ago when I was just getting into cooking.  It sounded great so I made it and have been loving it ever since.

What beer pairs well with Etouffee?

The beer: Bell’s Oberon.

Fun Fact: Oberon’s release is celebrated with ‘Oberon Day’…what a World we live in!  Check out all their other release dates here.

What movie is great to pair with spicy food and craft beer?

We are watching What We Do In The Shadows.  It came on Netflix and we started watching a little of it then decided to save it for tonight.  What I did see was hilarious and I don’t think you can go wrong with a ‘documentary’ about Vampires living together.  That’s my kind of humor.

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

If I described this dish in one word it would be ‘simple’.  However, using that word would lead you to believe that the flavor is pretty basic too-nope. Wrong.  If you’re looking for an easy meal with lots of flavors this is it.

How to make Chicken & Sausage Etouffee:

Start by chopping the chicken into pieces.  Sautee in a pan with a 2 teaspoons of the oil for about 5 minutes.

Chop the sausage then add to the pan.  Cook for another 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and sausage is crisp.

While the meat is cooking take the pepper, onion, garlic cloves and celery and add to a food processor.  Chop items until they are small and well combined.

Remove the cooked chicken and sausage from the pan.

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

To the same pan add chicken stock and the processed vegetables.  Start cooking over medium/high heat.

Add the chicken and sausage back to the pot.  Let the stock reduce by half until it makes a smooth sauce.

Want more Bell’s Brewery food and beer pairings?

Serve over rice and maybe a side of Hone-Jalapeno Cornbread.  And here you are……

Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee
Chicken and sausage Etouffee has spicy andouille sausage, chicken and a simple sauce that comes together to make one spectacular dish.
Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Tyler Florence's Chicken & Sausage Etouffee | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by chopping the chicken into pieces. Sautee in a pan with a 2 teaspoons of oil for about 5 minutes. Chop the sausage then add to the pan. Cook for another 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and sausage is crisp.
  2. Take the pepper, onion, garlic cloves and celery and add to a food processor. Chop items until they are small and well combined.
  3. Remove the cooked chicken and sausage from the pan.
  4. To the same pan add chicken stock and the processed vegetables. Start cooking over medium/high heat.
  5. Add the chicken and sausage back to the pot. Let the stock reduce by half until it make a smooth sauce. Serve over rice. Enjoy!

Smoked Sausage Sandwich

This Smoked Sausage Sandwich is easy to make and so delicious! Grilled sausage, sauteed peppers, tomato sauce on top of a soft bun makes this a hearty sandwich.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This week officially marked two months in our new home!  So we are celebrating this Mitten Movie Night feeling like we are finally settled in.  I made one of my favorite categories of food: the ‘sandwich‘.  Topped with saucy goodness and peppers this Smoked Sausage Sandwich is a well-deserved reward for a job well done.

What beer pairs well with Smoke Sausage Sandwiches?

The beer: 400 Divine Rabbits from a local favorite Greenbush Brewing Co.

Greenbush is a great stop if you hit the beach or the casino in New Buffalo.

What TV show pairs well with an easy recipe and cold craft beer?

Then finishing up Orange Is The New Black.  I have spent many nights since last Friday binge watching it. What shows are your favorites?  I will need a new one once this is over.

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How do I find an amazing realtor team in Southwestern Michigan?

I would love to take the opportunity to give a little shout out of people that helped us along the way.  Since my blog is called ‘Bottom Left of the Mitten’ I thought it was a good platform to showcase who made buying a home in this area such a treat.

Realtor:  ‘Power of 2’ Team from Cressy & Everett in Dowagiac.  We actually looked at homes a few years ago and she walked us through any and everyone we wanted to look at.  We just didn’t find ‘the one’ at the time.  Called her up when we found this house to show it to us.  Three weeks and one day later not only did we have this house but we also sold ours and 4 acres of land.

Inspector:  Gary from Lake Michigan Inspections. I cannot recommend this gentleman and his father enough.  They walked us through everything, I mean everything, for our new house.  Living in town we were new to sewer and well. Same for a gas fireplace and even fixed a cap on the wood burning fireplace.

New Air Conditioner: Rohdy’s—Awesome job!  Right before our recent heatwave, they worked us in for a quote and then installed the unit.  Thanks to them we have stayed comfortable and cool.

Thank you again to everyone! Now on to the food.

How to make Smoked Sausage Sandwiches:

Chop up the peppers, onions and mince the garlic.  To a bowl add the balsamic vinegar, sugar and olive oil then mix to combine.

Sautee over medium/high heat for 7-10 minutes. I love when the peppers are ‘burnt’ a little so I got a little closer to the 10-minute mark.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Our new appliances were purchased in the recent store closing for HH Gregg.  This Frigidaire stove has a center griddle that I’ve been using non-stop.  No worries if you don’t have a griddle you can use a regular frying pan.

Butter buns and place them split side down.  Cut the sausage in 4 parts then split down the middle placing that split side down as well.

Heat the sausage through for around 3 minutes.

Flip both the bun and the sausage then cook around 3 minutes again.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Heating up the spaghetti sauce and assembling the sandwich is all that’s left to do.  I heated it up in the microwave for 1 minute. 

Place bun on a plate, add split smoked sausage, layer on the veggies then top with sauce.

And here you are…..

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Smoked Sausage Sandwich
Smoked Sausage Sandwich makes a great base for crisp peppers bathed in sweet balsamic. Finish off with a thick layer of spaghetti sauce. Perfecto!
Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Chop up the peppers, onions and mince the garlic.
  2. To a bowl add the balsamic vinegar, sugar and olive oil then mix to combine.
  3. Sautee over medium/high heat for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Butter buns and place them split side down on a heated griddle or frying pan.
  5. Cut the sausage in 4 parts then split down the middle placing that split side down as well.
  6. Heat the sausage through for around 3 minutes. Flip both the bun and the sausage then cook around 3 minutes again.
  7. Heat up spaghetti sauce in a microwave for 1 minute.
  8. Place bun on plate, add split smoked sausage, layer on the veggies then top with sauce. Enjoy!

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