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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Shrimp and Corn Chowder

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

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

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

What movie pairs well with cold weather and warm soup?

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

What beer pairs well with Shrimp & Corn Chowder?

The beer: The Poet from New Holland Brewing.

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

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

Shrimp and Corn Chowder in a bowl.

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

How else can you use frozen precooked shrimp?

How to make Shrimp & Corn Chowder:

Start by thawing the shrimp in warm water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll Ups

Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll Ups are easy to make any night of the week. Chicken breasts are stuffed with savory cream cheese filling then baked with a crispy coating. Dinner is served!

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This recipe can easily be updated by switching up the cream cheese filling ingredients too. Try some of these alternatives:

  • Basil & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Cajun Seasoning & Green Onions
  • Chopped Mushrooms & Steak Seasoning (this sounds weird but so good!)
  • Pimento & Cheddar (yes, more cheese)

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Two main ingredients, 45 minutes and dinner is on the table.  What could be easier? Nothing I tell you.

How to make Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll Ups:

First off you need to flatten out your chicken breasts. Lay it down, cover in plastic wrap and then pound them until they are about 1/2″ thick. Thin enough so that you can fill and roll them up easily.

Take the block of cream cheese and put it in a bowl then add the herbs & spices.

Stir to combine all the ingredients.

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Now it’s time to fill, roll & bread the chicken. Shake out 1/2 a box of Oven Fry Extra Crispy onto a plate.

Spoon a dollop of cream cheese on each chicken breast-this recipe covers just enough for 6 chicken breasts.

Roll each chicken breast and coat in the Oven Fry.

Place each roll up into a baking dish. Bake uncovered at 375 for 45 minutes.

Need more easy chicken breast recipes for dinner?

And here you are…….

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Originally published May of 2016. Updated photos & recipe February of 2019.

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Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll Ups

I first had this recipe at a restaurant. It was so delicious that I knew I had to recreate these Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll Ups at home.

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

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Instructions
  1. Flatten out your chicken breasts. Lay the chicken down, cover in plastic wrap and then pound them until they are about 1/2" thick.

  2. Take 1/2 the block of cream cheese and put it in a bowl. Add the herbs & spices. Stir to combine all the ingredients.

  3. Spoon a dollop of cream cheese on each chicken breast.

  4. Shake out 1/2 a box of Oven Fry Extra Crispy onto a plate. Roll each chicken breast and coat in the Oven Fry.

  5. Place each roll up into a baking dish. Bake uncovered at 375 for 45 minutes.

Broccoli Puff

Take vegetables to the next level with this Broccoli Puff. This dish comes together quickly using steamed vegetable packs. Biscuit mix and cheddar cheese make it a kid-friendly side dish.

Broccoli Puff made and ready to serve.

This is another great recipe from my stash of vintage recipe books that were gifted to me. From a General Mills recipe card, this broccoli side dish is made with Bisquick baking mix.

Broccoli Puff made and ready to serve.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can change up the vegetables or meat to make is a full meal.

  • Use mixed vegetables like Winter vegetable medley (broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots)
  • Add cooked ham or turkey sausage

How to make Broccoli Puff:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Steam the broccoli according to package directions. This will take 2 bags of frozen vegetables.

In a bowl mix together the Bisquick baking mix, eggs, salt, pepper and cheddar cheese.

Ingredients for making Broccoli Puff.

Add the steamed broccoli to the batter.

Grease a 5-quart casserole dish. Place the batter into the casserole dish.

Bake for one hour or until a knife comes out clean when poked into the center.

Check out these other kid-friendly side dishes:

And here you are……

Broccoli Puff made and ready to serve.

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

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Steamed broccoli, baking mix, and cheese make this Broccoli Puff one-of-a-kind. Works great for an everyday side dish or fancy enough for dinner parties.
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Course Side Dish
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Steam the broccoli according to package directions.
  3. In a bowl mix together the Bisquick baking mix, eggs, salt, pepper, and cheddar cheese.
  4. Add the steamed broccoli to the batter.
  5. Grease a 5-quart casserole dish. Place the batter into the casserole dish.
  6. Bake for one hour or until a knife comes out clean when poked into the center. Enjoy!

My Dad’s Chicken & Rice

My Dad’s Chicken & Rice is a chicken and rice recipe that you will want to have in your back pocket for busy nights.  Fancy mixed vegetables, crispy chicken, mushrooms and crunchy water chestnuts make this a delicious dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes!

My Dads Chicken and Rice in a bowl with a craft beer off to the side.

I’m serious when I say that I have been eating this meal most of my life. It’s a recipe that my dad invented, thus the name ‘My Dad’s Chicken & Rice’. He cooked it for us growing up and when I was old enough he gave the recipe to me and I’ve been making it myself for about 20 years now.

My dad is a great cook! He makes the most unbelievable grilled chicken. My mouth is watering a little right now as I’m thinking about it. I want to think that he got his skills from my grandmother. On Sunday’s growing up, we would have big dinners of lamb, creamed spinach, and croissants.

Dessert was almost always chocolate pudding with whipped cream. I loved those Sunday’s and I try and keep the tradition alive in our house.  Sunday’s here usually start with Swedish Pancakes and end with a big comforting meal like Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast.

My Dads Chicken and Rice in a bowl with a craft beer off to the side.

For quick weeknight dinners though, I look to this chicken and rice recipe.  It’s full of chicken, meaty mushrooms, and crunchy water chestnuts.  Perfect when you want a one-dish meal that goes from stove to table with little cleanup.

How to make My Dad’s Chicken & Rice:

First, take the chicken and cut into cubes.  On a plate, put the flour, garlic powder, and pepper.  Dredge the chicken in the mixture coating all pieces.

Chicken covered with flour on a plate.

In the bottom of a large pan, I use a covered stockpot, heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of a pan.

Add the chicken to the pan and cook until all the chicken is nice and crispy around 10 minutes.  Stirring occasionally to make sure all parts are browned.  *Look at that! Again, this is what makes this dish amazing.*

Cooked chicken on a plate.
Once the chicken has cooked take it out of the pan and set aside.  In the same pan add butter and let it melt.  Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onion.  Cook until the mushrooms start to shrink and the onions are browned.

To the pan add the chicken back in.  Now add the wet ingredients: chicken broth, fancy mixed vegetables (do not drain liquid), water chestnuts (do not drain liquid), and soy sauce.

Finally to the pot add the rice and stir it all together.  Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes check to see if you need to add any additional chicken stock so that the rice doesn’t dry out and stir so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan.

If there’s still plenty of liquid allow to cook another 5-8 minutes covered.

Taste to make sure that the rice has cooked thoroughly and then add salt, pepper, and more soy sauce to your taste. I always end up adding more but please add at your discretion.  Top with some crunchy noodles.

Tips for making My Dad’s Chicken & Rice:

  • The key to really good chicken and rice is making sure the chicken in really crispy.  In order to do that it means cooking the chicken separate from the mushrooms and onions.

And here you are……

My Dads Chicken and Rice in a bowl with a craft beer and a pot of Chicken and Rice off to the side.

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

Originally published March of 2016. Updated photos & recipe July of 2018.

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My Dad's Chicken & Rice

This is 'my Dad's' Chicken & Rice recipe. A hearty meal of chicken, fancy mixed vegetables, and instant rice that cooks up in under 30 minutes.

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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. Take the chicken and cut into cubes. On a plate, put the flour, garlic powder, and pepper. Dredge the chicken in the mixture coating all pieces.

  2. In the bottom of a large pan, I use a covered stock pot, heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of a pan. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until all the chicken is nice and crispy, around 10 minutes. Stiring occasially to make sure all parts are browned. Once the chicken has cooked take it out of the pan and set aside.

  3. In the same pan add butter and let it melt. Add the sliced mushrooms and chopped onion. Cook until the mushrooms start to shrink and the onions are browned.

  4. To the pan add the chicken back in. Now add the wet ingredients: chicken broth, fancy mixed vegetables (do not drain liquid), water chestnuts (do not dain liquid), and soy sauce. Finally to the pot add the rice and stir it all together.

  5. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes check to see if you need to add any additional chicken stock so that the rice doesn't dry out. If there's still plenty of liquid allow to cook another 5-8 minutes covered.

  6. Taste to make sure that the rice has cooked thoroughly and then add salt, pepper and more soy sauce to your taste. Enjoy!


Recipe Notes

Tips for making My Dad's Chicken & Rice:

  • The key to really good chicken and rice is making sure the chicken in really crispy.  In order to do that it means cooking the chicken separate from the mushrooms and onions.

Sausage Hash Brown Casserole

Do you love making big breakfasts during the weekend?  Or like to make a breakfast casserole on Sundays so there are plenty of leftovers for weekday mornings?  If you say ‘yes’ to either of those then this Sausage Hash Brown Casserole is for you!

A slice of Sausage Hash Brown Casserole with a bisuit and jam next to it ready to eat!

This casserole is loaded with potatoes, sausage, cheese, eggs and a special ‘secret ingredient’. This stick to your ribs recipe is made for a crowd or even better as leftovers.

I first had this dish while staying the weekend with my family up in Muskegon.  It was such a great weekend visiting with family and lots of great food.  On Sunday morning, we woke up and my stepmom made a big breakfast and the main dish was this sausage hash brown casserole.  It was so good!

Sausage Hash Brown Casserole in a pan with a bisuit and jelly next to it on a plate.

While I was gobbling it down I asked her what was all in it so that I could make it once we got home.  She said the first few ingredients which were a given: hash browns, sausage, cheese….but then she said ‘french onion dip’.  What?  You mean like chip dip?  Yes!  Even though it’s not something that I would have thought of, I now can’t imagine a savory breakfast casserole that isn’t a combination of creamy sour cream and french onion dip.  Now on to the breakfast casserole recipe!

How to make Sausage Hash Brown Casserole:

Start by defrosting the hash browns according to the package directions.

While the hash browns are thawing, in a pan on the stovetop cook the breakfast sausage and onions until cooked all the way through.  Should take around 8-10 minutes.

Remove the sausage from the pan and place on a plate with a few paper towels.  Depending on how fatty your sausage is there may be grease that needs to drain off.

Ingredients and steps for making Sausage Hash Brown Casserole.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 dish.

Next in a bowl whisk the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and Spanish paprika. In a large bowl add the container of sour cream and french onion dip. Stir to combine.

Now add the thawed hash browns to the bowl followed by the egg mixture.

Finally, add all but 1/2 a cup of the cheese to the bowl.

Ingredients for Sausage Hash Brown Casserole in a bowl being stirred.

Stir it all together so that everything is all combined well.  Add it to the prepared pan and spread it evenly.  Sprinkle with the remaining cheese on the top.

Cover the pan with tin foil then cook for 50 minutes.

Cut into 12 pieces and serve with a big bowl of fruit, biscuits, and jelly.

Tips for making Sausage Hash Brown Casserole:

  • Do not skip defrosting the frozen hash browns. If you try to cook them frozen your casserole will take about…5 hours to cook.  Now if you are having a really lazy Sunday then fine but you would probably have all your coffee drank by then and what fun is that?
  • Need this recipe for an even bigger crowd?  Double the batch and bake in a large foil 20×12 baking pan.  Add 20 additional minutes to baking time.

And here you are……

Sausage Hash Brown Casserole in a pan ready to eat!

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Sausage Hash Brown Casserole
This sausage hash brown breakfast casserole is made with a special ingredient - french onion dip! Perfect for weekend breakfast or brunch. Fill up a big glass of orange juice and dig in.
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Defrost the hash browns according to the package directions.
  2. In a pan on the stovetop cook the breakfast sausage and onions until cooked all the way through. Should take around 8-10 minutes.
  3. Remove the sausage from the pan and place on a plate with a few paper towels. Depending on how fatty your sausage is there may be grease that needs to drain off.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 dish.
  5. In a bowl whisk the eggs, milk, salt, pepper and Spanish paprika.
  6. In a large bowl add the container of sour cream and french onion dip. Stir to combine. Now add the thawed hash browns to the bowl followed by the egg mixture. Finally add all but 1/2 a cup of the cheese to the bowl.
  7. Stir it all together so the everything is all combines well. Add it all into the preprared pan and spread it all evenly. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese on the top.
  8. Cover the pan with tin foil then cook for 50 minutes.
  9. Cut into 12 pieces and serve. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for Sausage Hash Brown Casserole:

  • Do not skip defrosting the frozen hash browns. If you try to cook them frozen your casserole will take about...5 hours to cook.  Now if you are having a really lazy Sunday then fine but you would probably have all your coffee drank by then and what fun is that?
  • Need this recipe for an even bigger crowd?  Double the batch and bake in a large foil 20x12 baking pan.  Add 20 additional minutes to baking time.

Dry Rub Chicken Wings

This chicken wing recipe will make sure you don’t miss saucy wings at all.  Dry Rub Chicken Wings are rubbed with a smoky and sweet coating then baked to a crispy perfection. 

Dry Rub Chicken Wings in a basket with blue cheese dressing and a craft beer to the side.

Kicking off Father’s Day weekend with Mitten Movie Night! I thought I would make my husband a special dish just for him.

When I was thinking about what to make my husband this weekend I remembered some really great wings that we had in Florida.  While there we stayed in a condo so we hit the local Costco and grabbed some already made up dishes from the deli area.  That is where we got the chicken wings and they were fabulous.  We heated them up in the oven and paired with a giant salad.

When we got home sadly our local Costco did not have them.  So light bulb moment, I will make my own dry rub chicken wings at home!

Dry Rub Chicken Wings in a basket with blue cheese dressing on the side.

Full disclosure, I have never made wings before.  If you read my post about Wing Sauce Sliders you would know why and how I just finally came around to buffalo sauce.  I was willing to give it a try though you know since I kind of like the guy who has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years.

So off to the internet I went to check out how some of my favorite bloggers make dry rub chicken wings.  Then since I don’t have a grill, how to bake chicken wings.

How to make Dry Rub Chicken Wings:

For the rub, I visited Bewitchin’ Kitchen and followed the recipe for Sweet n’ Smoky Rib Rub.

It had all the spices I thought were in the rub I was basing these on. It turned out great and I didn’t need to go out and buy any fancy ingredients. I had all of them in my spice cabinet.

Next, I headed over to The Chunky Chef’s site and followed the directions for baked chicken wings from her Epic Dry-Rubbed Chicken Wings recipe.

To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil.

Sprinkle them with 3/4 of the rub but saved some for after the chicken bakes to add some extra flavor.

Then rubbed all the wings with that good flavor.

Ingredients and steps of how to make Dry Rub Chicken Wings.

On a prepared cookie sheet I put down tinfoil and a baking rack.

Layer the wings out then put into a preheated 400-degree oven for 45 minutes.  Be prepared because if you make these the house will smell downright amazing!

Cooked dry rub chicken wings with butter and dry rub seasoning to the side.

Once the chicken was done I decided to use a part of The Suburban Soapbox’s Grilled Old Bay Chicken Wings recipe.

At the end of the recipe, it called for melting 4 Tbs of butter.  Pour it over the chicken.

Add the spice that was left over to it the bowl.  Toss to coat the chicken with the butter and spices.

Make a bowl of blue cheese dressing to dip them into and a side of crunchy carrots.

What beer pairs well with Dry Rub Chicken Wings?

The beer: Greenbush Brewing, Star Chicken Shotgun.

These sweet and smoky dry rub chicken wings pair great with my hubbies favorite style of beer, an IPA.

Poultry and IPA’s work well together but add the spice of the rub and crispy skin and you have a perfect combination.

And here you are……..

Dry Rub Chicken Wings in a basket with blue cheese dressing and a craft beer to the side.

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

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Dry Rub Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub then baked to crispy perfection. Serve with a side of blue cheese for a great appetizer or meal.
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Cook Time 45 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Mix together the paprika, brown sugar, garlic powder, peppers, coarse kosher salt, dry mustard, chili powder, cayenne powder and cumin in a small bowl.
  2. To a large bowl, I added the wings then drizzled them with 2 Tbs oil. Sprinkled them with 3/4 of the rub but saved some for after the chicken bakes to add some extra flavor. Then rubbed all the wings with that good flavor.
  3. On a prepared cookie sheet I put down tinfoil and a baking rack. Lay the wings out then put into a preheated 400 deree oven for 45 minutes.
  4. When chicken is done melt 4 Tbs of butter and add the remining rub to it.
  5. Toss chicken in butter mixture. Serve with blue cheese dressing on the side. Enjoy!

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

A creamy homemade cheese sauce coats noodles and makes the perfect bed for pulled pork.  Drizzle this Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese with BBQ sauce then top with spicy jalapenos and pickled red onions. 

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese on a plate with some BBQ sauce off to the side.

Welcome to the first Mitten Movie Night of Spring! We are ready to settle in and start enjoying the warmer weather.  Today I am sharing a recipe that is inspired by a wonderful meal that we had while on our Spring Break trip to Florida, pulled pork mac and cheese.

A little more on the backstory of where this recipe originated from.  This year was the first year that we actually ventured out of Michigan for Spring Break. The Winter has been long and we were all in need of some serious Sunshine.  So we headed down to a place that I grew up going to as a kid – Venice, Florida. Right on the Gulf of Mexico we couldn’t have asked for a better place to get away from it all….well expect for the traffic with everyone else having the same idea…but I digress and do not want to complain because this was easily one of my favorite vacations we’ve ever had.  I mean look at this picture of the boys heading down to the beach.  A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

Spring Break 2018 Venice Florida.

While we were in Florida we visited my friend and her family who hosted us for Easter.  Visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter & Hope.  Then enjoyed lots of time at the pool, the beach and eating really good food.  On the suggestion of one of the residents at the condo we headed over to Darrell’s BBQ. It was a treat because anyone with kids and driving 24 hours to get to a location knows it means lots of fast food and we were ready for a sit down meal.  The husband had the pulled pork platter, Big A had a burger and Little A and I shared a big bowl of pulled pork mac and cheese with piles of pork and sweet BBQ sauce.  It was so good and one that I kept note of so I could make it as soon as we got home.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese on a plate ready to eat.

What beer pairs well with Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese?

The beer: Hopsoulution Double IPA from Bell’s.

Even though most of this post talks about Florida, I am a Michigan girl and happy to be home because we do have some of the best craft beer in the country.  Wouldn’t you know we came back just in time for the release of Hopsoulution Double IPA.

How to make Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese:

Let’s start with the pulled pork.  For this pulled pork mac and cheese recipe, I made the pork in the slow cooker.  You can easily smoke the meat if you like but I ran short on time and really didn’t feel like pulling out the smoker so the slow cooker worked just as good.

Mix the beef broth and seasonings in the bottom of the crock pot and add the pork. Set for 6-8 hours on low and the pork is ready to be taken out and pulled.

About 20 minutes before the pork is ready to come out start the macaroni and cheese. Boil the pasta according to package directions.  Once it is done remove from the pan, drain and set aside in another bowl.

To the pot you cooked the pasta add the butter and over medium heat melt the butter.  Once it has melted stir the flour into the butter until it is slightly smooth (you may see some lumps) then add the milk.  Stir until combines and you have a nice sauce appearance.

Now add the nutmeg, pepper, garlic powder then finally add the 3 different cheeses.  Make sure you stir the whole time.  See how awesome this sauce comes out. The ‘pull’ of the cheese.  Thick enough to coat all the noodles.  Another word for it is ‘cheesetastic’.

Cheese sauce in a pan.

Add the noodles to the pot and stir to get all the sauce all over the noodles.  Now set out a plate and add the mac and cheese.

Heap some pulled pork on there.  Drizzle with BBQ sauce (I recommend my Best BBQ Sauce).  Finish off this pulled pork mac and cheese with pickled red onions and jalapenos.

And here you are….

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese on a plate with some BBQ 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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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has creamy homemade sauce and is topped with tender pulled pork and sweet BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when you're looking for cheesy decadence.
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
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Pulled Pork
Mac and Cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
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Pulled Pork
Mac and Cheese
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Pulled Pork
  1. To a slow cooker add beef broth, onion powder, minced garlic and seasonings then set for 6-8 hours on low and the pork is ready to be taken out and pulled.
Mac and Cheese
  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions. Once it is done remove from the pan, drain and set aside in another bowl.
  2. To the pot you cooked the pasta add the butter and over medium heat melt the butter. Once it has melted stir the flour into the butter until it is slightly smooth (you may see some lumps) then add the milk. Stir until combines and you have a nice sauce appearance.
  3. Add the nutmeg, pepper, garlic powder then finally add the 3 different cheese. Make sure you stir the whole time.
  4. Add the noodles to the pot and stir to get all the sauce all over the noodles.
  5. To plate: Add the mac and cheese. Heap some pulled pork on there. Drizzle with BBQ sauce. Finish off with pickled red onions and jalapenos. 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!

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

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…..

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

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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.
Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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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Ingredients
Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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!

PB&J Burger

Are unique burger combinations your thing?  If so, this PB & J Burger is just what you’ve been looking for.  A toasted bun slathered with peanut butter, homemade bacon jam then a juicy burger with lots of cheese and jalapenos loaded on top.  The perfect boring burger escape.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Burger

What TV show pairs well with burgers and beer?

For this Mitten Movie Night we are watching Stranger Things.  In honor of it, I decided to go all out and try to make something special to coincide with a night of binge watching this awesome show.  If you follow my blog you know that I love recreating regional favorites.  Whether it’s Michigan or Memphis Hot Dogs or recreating a sandwich I had in Ohio, I’m in for taking a culinary trip with my taste buds.  So, why not make something from Indiana which is were the show takes place?  The Peanut Butter Burger.

Even though I live very close to Indiana I’ll be honest I’m not totally immersed in what foods are big there.  So off to the little ‘tell me what I don’t know’ box called the internet I went.  With some research I found 9 Strange Food Combinations Only People In Indiana Will Love from Only In Your State. Right at the Top #1-Peanut Butter and Hamburgers. Hmm…..this might just be interesting enough to try.  Never had it, but I’ll try it. The article said that it usually comes with jalapenos so of course this was going to be delicious with the sweet, salty and spicy flavors all working together.

What beer pairs well with Peanut Butter and Jelly Burgers?

The beer: I thought a Halloween themed beer would be good so Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale from New Belgium it is.

While a more locally sourced craft beer would probably have been better this beer was purchased in Mishawaka at Costco so close enough!  Now on to this peanut butter burger that really was a delicious surprise.

Peanut Butter Burger

For the burgers we’re keeping it simple so mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.  I always cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet with some oil.  After a recent episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives there was a restaurant that covered the burgers with a dish so they stayed moist.  I tried this trick and it worked great.

How to make PB&J Burgers:

Place burgers in skillet and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes.  Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.  Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot! 

Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes.

Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.

Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time.

Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.

Cap over cooking burgers in skillet

So the ‘PB’ is of course for peanut butter but the ‘J’ is for jam.  Bacon jam to be exact.  I thought this would be a good addition.

I recently had a burger on it at a local brewery and now I’m obsessed.  In an effort to keep some in my house at all times now I made some using this Easy Skillet Bacon Jam recipe.

Bacon Jam going on hamburger bun

Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger.  Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam.

Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish.

And here you are…..

Peanut Butter and Jelly Burger

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PB&J Burger
This is not the peanut butter and jelly you grew up with. It's not your average burger. PB & J=Peanut Butter and Bacon Jam make this burger an all-out hit!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Mix the ground beef, pepper, salt and garlic powder and shape into 4 patties.
  2. To use the bowl method: Place burgers in skillet with a small amount of oil and cook without the bowl over it for 3 minutes. Cover with a bowl as shown below and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Using a spatula flip up the side of the bowl then use tongs to take it off completely. Do not touch the bowl, it is hot! Flip burgers and let cook for 3 minutes. Using the tongs place the bowl back over and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Using the same technique as before flip the bowl off, add the shredded cheese equally over the burgers and return the bowl one last time. Cook finally for another 2-3 minutes to melt cheese then remove them from the pan.
  5. Toast the bun with a little butter then assemble the burger. Spread the peanut butter on the bottom, burger, jalapenos and bacon jam. Add lettuce and tomatoes if you wish. Enjoy!

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