Portobello Mushroom Burger

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

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:

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!

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.

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.

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…..

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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Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes of this burger perfectly. ~Bottom Left of the Mitten
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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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Portobello Mushrooms & Marinade
Basil Mayonnaise
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!

Toad In The Hole

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

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

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

I hadn’t had Toad In The Hole before I knew that it was going to be something that I would love.  Meat, onions, carbs….GRAVY!!!  Of course, I had to add some Michigan appeal to this dish by using Beer Brats made with Founder’s Dirty Bastard Craft Beer.  We eat these a lot during the Summer and they worked great in this recipe.

What beer pairs well with sausages?

The beer: Soft Parade from Short’s Brewing.

While I did do some research about favorite beers of England I felt like I would rather share a Michigan beer that I felt was fitting not only with the meal but also the name, Soft Parade from Short’s Brewing.  This beer is full of fruit flavor: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

Fruit beers pair so well with dishes that aren’t exactly complex in flavor and that’s why a simple sausage dish like this is perfectly contrasted with this beer. Plus the name gets you in the mood for the ‘procession’ that the Royal Wedding will have.

See how I did that?  Wink, wink….I know it was a weak analogy but like most things, I’m going with it!

A big bowl of mustard-onion gravy.

So after going through about a million recipes, I settled on this one from Cooking Channel TV for Toad in the Hole with Mustard-Onion Gravy.

How to make Toad In a Hole:

For the base, it’s just flour, salt, eggs, and milk.  To one bowl add the flour and salt.  In another bowl add the milk and eggs then whisk to combine.  Slowly add the milk and egg mixture to the flour whisking it together to make a batter.

Simple enough but then the trick seemed to be what you do with it once the ingredients are mixed together.  Half the recipes said to just keep it out on the counter for 10-30 minutes.  The other half said that you had to keep it in the refrigerator overnight or at least a few hours to set.  What I did was make the batter in the morning and put in the refrigerator until I was ready to make this about 6 hours later.

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

The other part of this recipe that was in all of them was heating up the pan you are cooking the pudding and sausages in.  About an hour before you are ready to put this on the table take the batter out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

Now put the pan you plan on baking this in into the oven.  I used a metal pan because I was worried about adding the cold batter to a hot pan would break it. 

Next, brown the sausages in a pan on the stove with 1 Tbs oil.  Brown all sides which take about 8 minutes but don’t worry about cooking all the way through.  Reserve any oil in the pan for the gravy.

Carefully take the pan out of the oven then add a small bit of oil to that pan.  You can spray or add the oil then spread with a paper towel but please use caution since the pan is extremely hot. Now add the batter and top with the sausages.

Return it to the oven and cook for 45 minutes.

For the gravy use the reserved oil you left from cooking the brats and add the thinly sliced onions.  Using very low heat cook them down slowly for about 10 minutes.  To the onions add the flour and stir to coat.  Now add the beef broth, mustard.  Continue cooking down until it thickens to a gravy consistency.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Take out the Toad In The Hole from the oven.  Slice and serve topped with gravy.

And here you are……

 

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

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

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Toad In a Hole
I tried my hand at a classic English dish, Toad In The Hole. Savory sausage is baked on top of a simple bread 'pudding'. Top with an onion gravy and you have a meal fit for a King.
Toad In a Hole | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Toad In The Hole
Mustard-Onion Gravy
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Toad In The Hole
Mustard-Onion Gravy
Toad In a Hole | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Toad In The Hole
  1. To one bowl add the flour and salt. In another bowl add the milk and eggs then whisk to combine. Slowly add the milk and egg mixture to the flour whisking it together to make a batter.
  2. Keep batter on the counter for 10-30 minutes or keep in the refrigerator up to overnight if you like.
  3. Take the batter out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put just the pan you plan on baking this in into the oven.
  4. Next brown the sausages in a pan on the stove with 1 Tbs oil. Brown all sides which takes about 8 minutes but don't worry about cooking all the way through. Reserve any oil in the pan for the gravy.
  5. Carefully take the pan out of the oven then add a small bit of oil to that pan. You can spray or add the oil then spread with a paper towel but please use caution since the pan is extremely hot. Now add the batter and top with the sausages. Return it to the oven and cook for 45 minutes.
Mustard-Onion Gravy
  1. For the gravy use the reserved oil you left from cooking the brats and add the thinly sliced onions. Using very low heat cook them down slowly for about 10 minutes.
  2. To the onions add the flour and stir to coat. Now add the beef broth, mustard. Continue cooking down until it thickens to a gravy consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Take out the Toad In The Hole from the oven. Slice and serve topped with gravy. Enjoy!

Loaded Cheese Fries

It has been a long week for a Michigander!  We’ve had 3, yes I said 3, snow days this week.   So to reminisce on the days of Summer for this Mitten Movie Night we fired up the smoker, a thing we do often when it’s warmer, to slow cook a bottom round roast.  It was the perfect addition to put on top of some Loaded Cheese Fries!

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten
For the beer we’re enjoying some Devil Dancer from Founders.  The movie, Lights Out.  I had wanted to see this in the theaters so bad because I LOVE scary movies but alas we just didn’t have time to go.  This is precisely why I love Mitten Movie Night because it gives me a chance to make great meals like a Pepper Steak Pizza or even special treats for the kids like these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms and catch up on a movie we’ve been waiting to see. Thank you Netflix! So now on to the recipe.

Loaded Cheese Fries | Bottom Left of the Mitten

A key that I’ve found to smoking meat is ‘prior preparation’.  The night before take the meat and put it into a great brine and make sure to give it at least 8 hours in the refrigerator.  We use a brine of Coca-Cola, garlic & onion powders, kosher salt, molasses and apple cider vinegar.  Before putting the meat into the smoker pat it dry then generously cover with a dry rub like this Bayou Black from Legion of Spice.  I also used their Jerk seasoning to make these amazing Jerk Chicken Sandwiches which has been my most popular recipe on the blog to date.  Follow your smokers user directions for cooking time but it generally is 1 Hour per 1 Pound of meat.  This roast took an 2-1/2 hours.  Turn off heat.  Take out the roast and cover with tinfoil and return to smoker to rest for 20 minutes.

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

About a half hour before the meat is done prepare the bagged fries according to package directions.  I grabbed a bag of Alexia Organics Fries from the grocery store.  Now let me tell you-I’ve used other types of frozen fries before and never liked the way they came out.  Usually soggy and never crispy.  These however were phenomenal and not to mention easier than making my own.  For the toppings chop up some tomatoes and jalapenos. Sautee an onion in some butter.  Get some parsley for added flair.  Whip up a quick cheese sauce by creating a roux with butter and milk then add cheese.

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The smoked roast came out perfect.  Juicy and moist with a slight crust on it from the rub.  It came out medium/rare with the cooking method I mentioned above but as always with meat cook to your preference and follow food safety guidelines.  Now time to assemble!

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start with a french fry base, add sweet onions, tomatoes and jalapenos, the meat that has been cut into strips then finally smother in cheese sauce.  Garnish with parsley and here you are…..

Loaded Cheese Fries with Smoked Bottom Round Roast | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Loaded Cheese Fries
Crisp french fries loaded with all the goodies like tomatoes, jalapenos, smoked beef and a smooth and creamy cheese sauce. Perfect for sharing...if you want!
Loaded Cheese Fries| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Brine/Rub
Cheese Sauce
French Fries & Topping
Loaded Cheese Fries| Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Brine/Rub
  1. On the stove top heat up all the ingredients in a small pan. Let come to a boil then remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Once cooled put in a baking dish with the meat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  3. Before putting the meat into the smoker pat it dry then generously cover with a dry rub. Follow your smokers user directions for cooking time but it generally is 1 Hour per 1 Pound of meat. This roast took an 2-1/2 hours. Turn off the smoker. Take out and cover with tinfoil and return to smoker to rest another 20 minutes.
Cheese Sauce
  1. Melt butter in a small pan. Gradually add flour. Then gradually add milk. Once it's all combined add cheese to mixture. Stir until melted. Use to top the french fries.
French Fries & Topping
  1. Prepare bagged fries to package directions.
  2. For the toppings chop up some tomatoes and jalapenos. Sautee an onion in some butter.
  3. Assemble by starting with a french fry base, add sweet onions, tomatoes and jalapenos, the meat that has been cut into strips then finally smother in cheese sauce. Garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

Pork & Bean Nachos

I love dishes that are versatile and can be mixed up. Nachos are a perfect example of taking a blank canvas, the chip, and making it into something spectacular. Add beef, pork or chicken. No meat at all. Loaded to the brim with toppings or simple with cheese and covered in some homemade salsa & sour cream. I’ve even had dessert nachos! Chips dashed with cinnamon & sugar and dipped into a vibrant fruit salsa. Well let me introduce you to a new power house nacho recipe, Pork & Beans Nachos.

Pork & Bean Nachos.

For years I made regular, plain ground beef nachos. Boring!! Sure they’re good but not ‘Next Level Nacho’ good that was until I came across Smothered Beef Barbacoa Chimichangas from The Chunky Chef. I made this for dinner one night and fell in love with the meat that was used for this recipe. It instantly became my husband’s #1 favorite meal.

The next time I made the recipe I did not have any beef but I did have a bone-in pork roast that was in the freezer. I love pork and figured it would be different but just as good. I was right! With plenty of left overs a few days later I used this pork to make nachos and they were a hit! On top of that, I added some other ingredients that I normally wouldn’t which took it to what I was looking for ‘Next Level Nachos’.

So gather your ingredients…..

Pork & Bean Nachos Ingredients

The pork for this is made in the slow cooker so place it into your slow cooker. Combine all your pork marinade ingredients and pour over the roast. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours.  I posted this on Instagram because seriously it made the house smell amazing!

Mittenmommy Instagram of Crockpot Pork

Once pork has cooked pull it out of the cooker and shred.

Pork & Bean Nachos Shredded Pork

Place nacho chips on a greased baking pan making a thin layers. I use a whole bag for the large baking sheet.   Next you will add you beans.  Spread out onto the chips right from the can. No need to preheat or drain. The juice soaks everything up, yummy.

Prok & Beans Chili Beans

Add your shredded pork and your toppings like black olives, tomatoes, jalapenos and onions. Anything you like. Plus LOADS of cheese. I use a whole 8 oz. package of Mexican Blend.  Now this is the additional ‘extra’ ingredients that I add to my nachos. Blue Cheese & Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce.   The tang of Blue Cheese & the Buffalo Sauce just make this….let me say…. Perfect!

Franks Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce & Blue Cheese

Now put in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Pork & Bean Nachos out of the oven

While it’s cooking grab you sour cream, avocado or lime-cilantro dressing. Cut up some crunchy lettuce. And here you are….

Pork & Bean Nachos, enjoy!

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

Pork marinade adapted from The Chunky Chef

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Pork & Bean Nachos
Pork & Bean Nachos. Perfect for a crowd!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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people
Ingredients
Pork & Marinade
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pork & Marinade
Instructions
Pork & Marinade
  1. The pork for this is made in the slow cooker so place it into your slow cooker. Combine all your pork marinade ingredients and pour over the roast. Let cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Shred pork when it has cooked thoroughly. Remove and discard any bones.
Pork & Bean Nachos
  1. Add chips to greased baking sheet.
  2. Add beans on top of chips.
  3. Add shredded pork on top of that.
  4. Add any toppings you prefer.
  5. Add cheese.
  6. Add Blue Cheese & Buffalo Sauce.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  8. Top with avocado & lettuce if desired.

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