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!

Salmon Tacos with Avocado Ranch

These Salmon Tacos are not only easy to make, but they are also delicious! Top with a homemade avocado ranch dressing and pair with a craft beer for a great light dinner.

Salmon Tacos paired with craft beer and avocado ranch dressing

We are just getting back from a H-O-T end of school year vacation to Florida. Ugh. While it has been cooler here lately in Michigan, I will not complain about it after spending a week there.

When we got home it was finally feeling like summer so to celebrate I’m making salmon tacos with fresh tomatoes, creamy avocado ranch, and crispy tortillas. This meal was giving me ALL the warm weather feels.

Close up of a salmon fish tacos drizzled with homemade avocado ranch

What beer pairs well with Salmon Tacos?

The beer: Local’s Light from Short’s Brewing.

For this taco and craft beer pairing ‘light’ meets ‘light’. A subtle beer that’s perfect for a summer afternoon then transitions perfectly to enjoy with this seafood taco recipe.

What to watch while eating tacos?

Season 3 of Claws just started! If you aren’t watching this show, you are missing out. It also works well with this Mitten Movie Night because it’s set in Florida.

Three tacos on a plate with an avocado ranch dressing on the side

How to Make Salmon Tacos:

Start by preparing the salmon. Lay the salmon out and sprinkle with a mixture of chili pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika and cumin.

Salmon fillets on a cutting board sprinkled with seasoning

Next, cook the salmon in a frying pan with 2 tsp olive oil, skin side facing up. Fry for 3-5 minutes, then flip. Cook an addition 3-5 minutes.

Remove from pan and flake the salmon by using two forks.

How to make Avocado Ranch Dressing:

In a food processor add the skinned and pitted avocado, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, onion powder, white vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Pulse the ingredients adding a light stream of olive oil until you get the consistency that you like. I used about 2 tsp of olive oil as I like it to thicker.

We LOVE Tacos! How about you? Check out these other taco recipes!

Crisp the flour tortillas over an open flame if you wish. Serve with chopped tomatoes, red onions, and a side of re-fried beans and here you are….

Delicious Salmon Tacos with a side of refried beans and avocado ranch

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Salmon Tacos
Salmon Tacos with Avocado Ranch are so easy to make they will be on your dinner list all summer long. Pairs well with a light lager beer and warm weather.
Salmon Tacos paired with craft beer and avocado ranch dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Salmon Tacos
Avocado Ranch Dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Salmon Tacos
Avocado Ranch Dressing
Salmon Tacos paired with craft beer and avocado ranch dressing
Instructions
Salmon Tacos
  1. Start by preparing the salmon. Lay the salmon out and sprinkle with a mixture of chili pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, and cumin.
  2. Cook the salmon in a frying pan with 2 tsp olive oil. Fry for 3-5 minutes, then flip. Cook an addition 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from pan and flake the salmon by using two forks.
Avocado Ranch Dressing
  1. In a food processor add the skinned and pitted avocado, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, onion powder, white vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pulse the ingredients adding a light stream of olive oil until you get the consistency that you like.
  3. Crisp the flour tortillas over an open flame if you wish. Serve with chopped tomatoes, red onions, and a side of refried beans. Enjoy!

Smoked Sausage Nachos

Crispy tortilla chips, smoked sausage, a mix of peppers and onions drowned in beer cheese sauce. For the 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.

A NACHO RECIPE LOADED WITH MEAT THEN COVERED IN BEER CHEESE? Yeah, that sounds good. In my Smoked Sausage Nachos, 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 on these Smoke Sausage Nachos!

—-> 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……

Overhead shot of Smoked Sausage Nachos with Bells Larrys Fruit Fight off to the side.

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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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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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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.

Pesto Fries

Want an out of this world french fry recipe for when you’re craving something salty and crunchy?  Pesto Fries are drizzled with a buttery pesto sauce then sprinkled with cheese.  The perfect snack or side to any main dish.

Pesto Fries on a plate ready to eat!

Who doesn’t love a big pile of hot, crispy french fries?  They are like a really great little black dress, they go with everything and can be dressed up with a few accessories.  The ‘accessories’ for these fries happen to be a delicious pesto sauce that is drizzled on then baked in.  Sprinkle with some cheese and you’ve got a great dish for this Mitten Movie Night.

This recipe is inspired by a hot dog food truck that we had dinner from at our local energy cooperative customer appreciation day.  I was sad that I didn’t get the name of it because if I had, I probably would be following it like a Grateful Dead groupie.

While waiting in line to order the smell coming out of the food truck was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Once I was up to the window I ordered a bacon-wrapped hot dog and for the side, pesto fries.  They came out piping hot and loaded with pesto, cheese and tasted even better than I expected.

I locked the flavors away in my mind and knew that like most wonderful things I eat, I had to come home and recreate this Pesto Fries recipe and pair it with some great craft beer.

What movie or TV show pairs well with fries and beer?

I’m sure you have probably heard of a little show that is sweeping the horror scene called, The Haunting of Hill House.  While Halloween is over this show will keep you in the creeps for a long time.  My recommendation when you start watching is to plan for a binge session because you will NOT be able to turn away.

What beer pairs well with Pesto Fries?

The beer: Sunspot Hefeweizen Ale from Greenbush Brewing Company. 

This beer was in a mixed 6 pack of Michigan beers that my husband picked up at one of his favorite beer store in Southwest Michigan.

Pesto Fries on a pan ready to eat!

What makes a Hefeweizen a great beer to pair food with?

This German beer is a drinkable beer that pairs well with nearly everything.  It’s light and drinkable and you can enjoy it while you fill up on delicious food, not the beer.

Better yet, Hefeweizen has a fruity, lemony appeal so it may lend as a little breath refresher for all the garlic on these Pesto Fries.

How to make Pesto Fries:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees or to the temperature that is on the package of fries.

On a sheet place parchment paper.  Spread the whole bag of frozen french fries to the pan in a single layer.

Cook according to package directions, mine took about 30 minutes flipping halfway through.

Frozen fries ready to cook.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking, make the pesto sauce to go on top.

In a heatproof cup or glass measuring cup melt the butter.

To the melted butter add the minced garlic.

Ingredients and steps to make pesto sauce for pesto fries.

Add the prepared pesto sauce.

Finally, pour in the olive oil.  Stir to combine completely.

Take the french fries out the of the oven and pour the pesto sauce over the fries.  Put back into the oven for 5 minutes.

Take out and serve individually with parmesan-romano cheese sprinkled on it.

Looking for a dish to serve with Pesto Fries?

And here you are……

Pesto Fries on a plate ready to eat!

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

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Pesto Fries

Crispy fries smothered in a buttery pesto sauce, sprinkled with parmesan-romano cheese. Pesto Fries make a great snack or side for burgers and sandwiches.

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

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Pesto Fries | Bottom Left of the Mitten


Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees or to the temperature that is on the package of fries.

  2. On a sheet place parchment paper. Spread the whole bag of frozen french fries to the pan in a single layer.

  3. Cook according to package directions, mine took about 30 minutes flipping halfway through.

  4. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, make the pesto sauce to go on top.

  5. In a heatproof cup or glass measuring cup melt the butter.

  6. To the melted butter add the minced garlic.

  7. Add the prepared pesto sauce.

  8. Finally, pour in the olive oil. Stir to combine completely.

  9. Take the french fries out the of the oven and pour the pesto sauce over the fries. Put back into the oven for 5 minutes.

  10. Take out and serve individually with parmesan-romano cheese sprinkled on it. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Granola

This is the perfect breakfast for fall!  Pumpkin Spice Granola is packed full of pumpkin spice flavor, dried cranberries, and walnuts.  This granola is a happy medium between baked and crunchy Granola Recipes.

A tray of Pumpkin Spice Granola ready to eat!

I cannot believe how much I’ve truly dug into pumpkin spice this year.  I don’t know if it’s the colder weather we’ve had since early October or just really getting into the spirit of the season but I am Team Pumpkin Spice!

You know what else I love?  Granola!  One day I was craving some so I got out my usual ingredients of olive oil, honey, and oats. I had my coffee going and was thinking about some pumpkin recipes I could make for the blog and then immediately thought of the perfect substitute for my regular cinnamon that I add to the granola – pumpkin spice!

Then, what could be more ‘fall’ than dried cranberries Nothing!  Add my usual walnuts for that good brain health and voila! Breakfast is ready.

A tray of Pumpkin Spice Granola ready to eat!

Love Pumpkin recipes?  Check these out:

This Pumpkin Spice Granola recipe is so easy to make and ready in less than 25 minutes.  I do like it a little on the warm side so I eat a big bowl of it right after making it.  Such a great wholesome way to start the day.

How to make Pumpkin Spice Granola:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

In a bowl mix the olive oil, honey, salt, pumpkin spice, and turmeric.  Stir to combine.

To the liquid ingredients add the oats.  Stir to combine completely.

Step-by-step directions of how to make Pumpkin Spice Granola.

Add parchment paper to a 9×13 pan.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.  Take the pan out of the oven and stir the granola, level back out and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Take out of the oven and let cool.

Once the granola *has cooled completely* add the dried cranberries and walnuts.

Serve with milk or yogurt.

Tips & Variations for Pumpkin Spice Granola:

  • Do not add the dried cranberries and walnuts until the granola has cooled all the way.  You will end up with burnt nuts and hard as rocks cranberries if you add them any earlier. 
  • Do you like crunchy granola?  Follow the same recipe just use a 12×18 sheet pan instead and spread out thinly over the whole sheet.
  • How to store the granola:  Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

And here you are…..

A tray of Pumpkin Spice Granola ready to eat!

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

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Pumpkin Spice Granola
Add the flavors of fall to your morning breakfast routine with Pumpkin Spice Granola. Not too soft or crunchy this granola is a great way to start the day.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Pumpkin Spice Granola | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix the olive oil, honey, salt, pumpkin spice, and turmeric. Stir to combine.
  3. To the liquid ingredients add the oats. Stir to combine completely.
  4. Add parchment paper to a 9x13 pan.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven and stir the granola, level back out and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Take out of the oven and let cool.
  7. Once the granola *has cooled completely* add the dried cranberries and walnuts.
  8. Serve with milk or yogurt. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips & Variations for Pumpkin Spice Granola:

  • Do not add the dried cranberries and walnuts until the granola has cooled all the way.  You will end up with burnt nuts and hard as rocks cranberries if you add them any earlier. 
  • How to store the granola:  Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons

Coconut shrimp meets with a cream cheese wonton. Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons are the best of both worlds. All wrapped together in a crunchy shell then sprinkled with powdered sugar.  So sweet!

Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons on a plate with a side of sweet and sour sauce.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Let’s start this Mitten Movie Night with a classic appetizer mashup.  Do you love coconut shrimp?  How about sweet and creamy wontons?  Why don’t we just combine them?  Of course we can.  So now let’s sit back and start the holiday with a sweet beer and an even sweeter treat with these baked coconut shrimp wontons.

Have you ever went out to dinner and instead of ordering a meal you just order an appetizer….for yourself?  I do because I can’t resist a good artichoke dip with crispy bread.  A local restaurant here has the best potato skins with ranch that again I will order and just eat as my meal.  This recipe came to me after I made these Sweet Cream Cheese Wontons from The Cozy Cook.  They were so good so how could I make these appetizers into a meal?  Add shrimp?  Sure! I was just waiting for the right beer to pair them with…..and it all came together last weekend.

What beer pairs well with Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons?

The beer: Palisades Pineapple from Golden Road Brewing.

My husband, the kids and I went up to Flint, Michigan for our nephews graduation party.  With our in-laws we made a weekend out of it and got a hotel so the kids could swim and not worry about driving 6 hours round trip in one day.  It was a great get away and of course while away why not treat ourselves?  We stopped at the Kroger to pick up some beer. Wow!  What a wonderful selection they had.  After picking up then putting down a bunch of choices because it was hard to choose, I went with this Palisades Pineapple from Golden Road Brewing.

While it’s not a Michigan Craft Beer I have been on a fruit beer kick so, why not?  This beer ended up being one of my favorites this year.  Light, drinkable, fruity with pineapple and apricots but not overwhelming.

What movie pairs well with wontons and beer?

Finally, I have to perfect beer for Mitten Movie Night to pair with these wontons.  Now to pair a great beer with a great movie?  Since this beer was made in LA we’re watching Pulp Fiction.

Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons on a plate with a side of sweet and sour sauce and a craft beer off to the side.

While the ingredients for this recipe are pretty basic the assembly can make them a little tedious to make.  Worth it but just a little *warning*.

How to make Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons:

For the shrimp, I use already cooked salad shrimp.  I always have a bag in the freezer and you can easily take out how much you need and thaw in some hot water and it’s ready.  For this you need 2 cups.

On the stove top in a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add the thawed shrimp and sautee until brown around 2 minutes.  Add 1 minced garlic cloves and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Once cooked through the meat needs to be minced.  You can either do this by chopping it into small pieces with a knife or you can do like I did for this Shrimp Cannelloni and bring out the small food processor.

Next, set the shrimp aside to cool then preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

To another bowl add softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and the coconut.  In a smaller dish crack one egg and whisk it to combine.  Once the shrimp has cooled add it to the cream cheese and coconut mixture.

To this I added a ‘splash’ of sesame oil.  While I love the taste it can be overwhelming so proceed with caution or leave this off the recipe if you think you or your guests might not like it.

Lastly, is filling these baked coconut shrimp wontons.  This is the step I warned you about taking some time.  Place a small dollop in the middle of a wonton wrapper.  Take your finger and dip it into the egg then rub all the edges with it.

To create the little pillows of goodness pinch the 4 corners with your index and middle finger on top then thumbs on the bottom and pull together making an ‘X’.  A wobbly ‘X’ at best but sometimes flavor makes up for the presentation.

Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons on a pan about to be covered with egg wash.

You won’t use all the egg for this so to the bowl add a splash of water then brush the egg wash onto the top of each wonton.

Pop these baked coconut shrimp wontons into the preheated oven for 12 minutes.

Sprinkle on some additional powdered sugar and serve with a side of sweet and sour sauce.

And here you are….

Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons on a plate with a side of sweet and sour sauce and a craft beer off to the side.

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

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Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons
These Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons have a creamy filling of shrimp and coconut is wrapped and then baked to crispy perfection in the oven.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Baked Coconut Shrimp Wontons | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Thaw 2 cups of frozen, cooked shrimp. On the stove top in a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add the thawed shrimp and sautee until brown around 2 minutes. Add 1 minced garlic cloves and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  2. Mince the shrimp by hand or food processor. Set the shrimp aside to cool
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  4. To another bowl add softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and the coconut. In a smaller dish crack one egg and whisk it to combine. Once the shrimp has cooled add it to the cream cheese and coconut mixture. To this I added a 'splash' of sesame oil.
  5. Place a small dollop in the middle of a wonton wrapper. Take your finger and dip it into the egg then rub all the edges with it. To create the little pillows of goodness pinch the 4 corners with your index and middle finger on top then thumbs on the bottom and pull together making an 'X'.
  6. To the egg bowl add a splash of water then brush the egg wash onto the top of each wonton. Pop these into the preheated oven for 12 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle on some additional powdered sugar and serve with a side of sweet and sour sauce. Enjoy!

Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic

How would you like to make up a chicken dinner that can be made all in one pan and bake while you lounge on the couch reading or watching movies? Am I speaking your language yet? This Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic is the perfect dinner for a great night in.

Break out the cast iron skillet and enjoy this Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic. This one-pan meal that is perfect for a great night in. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

So tonight for Mitten Movie Night I made one of my favorites, a simple chicken dinner.  I love nothing more than chicken with a light gravy and mashed potatoes.

What beer pairs well with Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic?

The beer: White Chocolate Blonde from Grand Armory Brewing

We picked up when we were out hunting for Hopslam.  With only a hint of chocolate, it went great with the meaty mushrooms, tender chicken, and light sauce perfectly.

What movie pairs well with a one-pan chicken dinner?

Recommended to watch: The Secret of Marrowbone.  This movie had me thinking about it long after it was over.  A little bit of horror with a surprise twist at the end.  So cuddle up because the weather is still cold and let’s get to the recipe for skillet chicken, mushrooms & garlic.

Break out the cast iron skillet and enjoy this Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic. This one-pan meal that is perfect for a great night in. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Do you have a cast iron skillet?  If not this skillet chicken dish works well in a dutch oven too.  I’ve been using my cast iron like crazy since I got it this summer.  Before having one I always thought that it would be too intimidating but I was simply wrong about it. Easy to clean and you can make everything from burgers to dessert in it.

How to make Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic:

Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.  On the stove heat the pan and add the 1/4 cup olive oil. On a plate add the flour, salt, pepper, and thyme.

Combine the spices and flour together then dredge each chicken piece into it then add them skin side down to the pan.  Cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes on the other side.

While the chicken is cooking chop the onion, clean the mushrooms and get the garlic peeled.

Once the chicken is cooked remove and put on a separate plate.  The chicken does not have to be cooked you just wanted to crisp up the skin.

To the same pan add 1 Tbs of butter.  With a spatula bring up the little bits on the bottom of the pan and add the onions.  Brown them until translucent for 2-3 minutes.  By now the kitchen should be smelling amazing!

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Now that the onions are cooked add the liquids: wine and chicken stock.  Add the chicken back to the pan.

Then finally add the mushrooms and garlic on top of that.  Turn off the heat to the skillet on the stove top then put the whole pan into the oven.

Cook the chicken for 60 minutes but to keep it moist every 15 minutes take a spoon and pour the juices from the pan over the chicken.

While it’s cooking make up some mashed potatoes and a vegetable side.

Plate it up and here you are…..

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Originally published in March of 2018. Updated post in April of 2019.

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Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic
Break out the cast iron skillet and enjoy this Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic. This one-pan meal that is perfect for a great night in.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. On the stove heat the pan and add the 1/4 cup olive oil.
  2. On a plate add the flour, salt, pepper and thyme. Combine the spices and flour together then dredge each chicken piece into it then add them skin side down to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, flip over and cook another 5 minutes on the other side.
  3. While the chicken is cooking chop the onion, clean the mushrooms and get the garlic peeled.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked remove and put on a separate plate. The chicken does not have to be cooked you just wanted to crisp up the skin. To the same pan add 1 Tbs of butter.
  5. With a spatula bring up the little bits on the bottom of the pan and add the onions. Brown them until translucent for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Now that the onions are cooked add the liquids: wine and chicken stock. Add the chicken back to the pan. Then finally add the mushrooms and garlic on top of that. Turn off the heat to the skillet on the stove top then put the whole pan into the oven.
  7. Cook the chicken for 60 minutes but to keep it moist every 15 minutes take a spoon and pour the juices from the pan over the chicken. Plate it up. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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…..

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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!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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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!

Wing Sauce Sliders

Crispy chicken is slathered in two different kinds of wing sauce then put on top of soft slider buns and topped with a crunchy Blue Cheese sauce.  Wing Sauce Sliders have all the things you love about wings on a slider!

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I’ll be upfront right now. And this may make me unpopular but for a long time, I couldn’t even smell Buffalo Wing Sauce. In fact, it’s been over a decade that even looking at the sauce would give me chills. Flashback 2003….my husband had just won Virginia’s Strongest Man. We actually had friends in the area so we went out and celebrated afterward at a local wing place. Well, let’s just say that I ‘Celebrated’ a little too much **insert you shaking your head here because most of us have ‘been there’**.

But I can FINALLY say that after my pregnancy with my youngest my taste buds must have been awakened because I craved spicy stuff constantly and have been on the Wing Sauce bandwagon ever since. I’m like ‘Let’s put it on everything!’ Just like I do with these Wing Sauce Sliders.

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Not only have my tastes changed over the years but my entertainment habits have too.  Now instead of going out and getting crazy I much prefer staying at home and spending Mitten Movie Nights making a great meal and pairing it with some great beer while watching some great entertainment.  Ok, now on to the food!

How to make Wing Sauce Sliders:

First, prepare the chicken. Cut the pieces down to size for as many sliders as you are expecting to prepare. After cutting them into as many pieces as you have buns (I had 12) pound them out with a mallet to thin them out. This helps to tenderize them and you don’t have to cook them as long so they turn out a little juicer.

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How to make Wing Sauce Sliders:

Add vegetable oil to the pan. I usually use about 1/2 cup. Bring oil to a temperature that will ‘fry’ the chicken breasts. You can test by adding a little of the dredging mixture and see if it sizzles.

While that is heating up put 1/2 cup flour onto a plate. Dredge the chicken so it is coated on all sides of the chicken. Test to see if oil is hot enough. If it is, add chicken to pan.  Cook first side around 6-8 minutes–DO NOT TOUCH IT once it’s in the oil. I’m telling you, you want the crunchy part of this chicken to stay intact because it’s delicious and you will ruin it if you mess with it. Ok, rant over :’)

Flip over (again, only 1 time) and cook another 6-8 minutes. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towel.

While your chicken is cooking make up the sauces to go with these.

How to make Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce:

Mix all the ingredients together in a covered bowl. Once the chicken is cooked take the amount of you want to have the Garlic Parmesan sauce on it and add to bowl with the combined sauce.

Cover & shake. Go ahead and get your arm workout for the day.

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For the Buffalo Wing sliders just take some Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce and add it to a covered bowl.

Just like with the Garlic Parmesan sauce shake the daylights out of it until the sauce covers all parts of the chicken.

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How to make Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce:

The topper for these sliders is a Blue Cheese Sauce that is a perfect combination with the bite of the cheese, creaminess and then the crunch of the celery.  The perfect topping!

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Put chicken onto your slider buns. Viola!

Take your sauce & slather it all over the top of your sliders.

Add tomato and lettuce so you get your veggies.

And here you are……

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

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Originally published May, 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

Garlic Parmesan Sauce adapted from Raining Hot Coupons

Blue Cheese Dressing adapted from Domestic Superhero

 

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Wing Sauce Sliders
Wing Sauce Sliders have crunchy chicken, soft slider buns, two kinds of wing sauce slathered in Wing then topped with Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Ingredients
Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
sliders
Ingredients
Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
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Instructions
Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
  1. Add vegetable oil to the pan. Bring oil to a temperature that will 'fry' the chicken breasts.
  2. Dredge the chicken in flour so it is coated on all sides of the chicken. Test to see if oil is hot enough. If it is add chicken to pan.
  3. Cook 6-8 minutes each side. Only turning once.
  4. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towel.
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a covered bowl.
  2. Add cooked chicken to covered bowl. Cover & shake.
Buffalo Wing Sauce
  1. Add sauce and cooked chicken to covered bowl. Cover & shake.
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
  1. Chop your celery and mix with all other ingredients together.

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

Tender turkey meatballs filled with rice then added on top of a bed of zucchini noodles. Serve with chunky vegetables, spaghetti sauce, and Parmesan. Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles is the perfect dinner for when you are craving a different kind of Italian dish.

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You know….I love carbs.  I L-O-V-E them.  Bread! Pasta! YUM! But I honestly don’t love them as much as I love zucchini.  Oh, zucchini!  Such a diverse veggie whether I fry it, put it in some muffins or making zoodles like these there are so many ways to make it delicious.  How about adding one of my families favorites to it? Yes! So now we have a new recipe to add to our dinner routine, Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles.

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It’s funny to think that this was one of the very first recipes that I put on my blog.  Looking back almost 8 months in I have realized how far I’ve come with my photos so I’m going through and giving them a fresher look.  And this one needed it….badly!  While the pictures were bad, I will give myself a little credit in the fact that I had basically 0.2% experience in photography.  So on to the recipe that got this all started only with better pictures.

How to make Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

First, let’s start off with the meatballs. You can use any beef flavor rice you like or even shake it up with different flavors but I always stick to the beef flavored as I find it gives the best taste.

Cook the rice according to package directions.

Once the rice has cooled add it to your turkey and egg.  Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto a greased baking sheet.

At this time preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Prepare your ‘zoodles’ using a spiralizer.

Chop onions, garlic, green peppers.  Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil.

Put onto another baking sheet then put both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce.

Assemble this beautiful ‘pasta’ by taking all the vegetables and zoodles, top with meatballs then finally pour sauce over the top of your meatballs.

Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Tips for making Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

  • Let the rice completely cool before adding to the meatball mixture. Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs.

And here you are….

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

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Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles
Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles is a delicious dish when you are craving something other than pasta. Serve this dish for dinner tonight!
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs
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Instructions
Porcupine Meatballs
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions then…...and this is *Important*…let it cool!
  2. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg. Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
Zoodles
  1. Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spirilizer. Chop onions, garlic, green peppers. Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil. Put onto another baking sheet.
  2. Both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.
  3. In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for making Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles:

  • Let the rice completely cool before adding to the meatball mixture. Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs.

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