Dry Rub Chicken Wings

Kicking off Father’s Day weekend with Mitten Movie Night! I thought I would make my husband a special dish just for him, dry rub chicken wings.  Coated with a sweet and smoky dry rub and baked to crispy perfection they are a great treat for Dad.

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.

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 (Fun Fact: I think my husbands goal in life is to visit every Costco in the United States) 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 them!

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 chicken wing dry rub and since I don’t have a grill how to bake chicken wings.

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.

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.  Spinkled 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.

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.

On a prepared cookie sheet I put down tinfoil and a baking rack.  Layeded the wings out then put into a preheated 400 deree oven for 45 minutes.  Be prepared because if you make these your house will smell downright amazing!

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.  Add the spice that was left over to it then tossing the baked wings with it.  So I did and believe it or not it made them smell EVEN BETTER!

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.

These sweet and smoky dry rub chicken wings pair great with my hubbies favorite style of beer, IPA.  Greenbush Brewing Starchicken Shotgun to be exact. Make a bowl of blue cheese dressing to dip them into.  And here you are……..

 

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.

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.
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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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.
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

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.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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 | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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 Mac & 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 | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Let’s start with the pulled pork.  For this 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’.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Now 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 with pickled red onions and jalapenos.

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 from Bell’s.  And here you are….

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese
Creamy homemade macaroni and cheese is topped with tender pulled pork and sweet BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your looking for cheesy decadence.
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pulled Pork
Mac and Cheese
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pork
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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

Looking to have a cozy Friday night in?  And 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 and Garlic is the perfect dinner for a great night in.

Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | 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.  This meal paired so well with the White Chocolate Blonde from Grand Armory Brewing that 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.

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 meal.

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

Do you have a cast iron skillet?  If not this 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.

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!

Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | 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…..

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

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Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic
Crispy chicken thighs bake in a light wine sauce with whole garlic cloves, onions and mushrooms. Break out the cast iron skillet and enjoy this one pan meal that is perfect for a great night in.
Skillet Chicken, Mushrooms & Garlic | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
servings
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

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.

Peanut Butter and Jelly 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.

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.

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!
PB&J Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
burgers
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!

Fried Jalapeno Burger

Can you believe it’s almost August?  Summer sure does seem to be not taking it slow.  We have been very busy though having fun visiting new places with the kids and spending tons of time in the pool.  So for the last Mitten Movie Night of July I’m making something extra spicy, a burger topped with Fried Jalapenos.

Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
This week has been a long one so I am ready to relax.  I am currently in the process of pulling wallpaper down in what is known as the ‘Man Cave’.  Dubbed as such the first time we came to look a the house with the boys. There is a fair amount of wallpaper in this house so I felt it was a good place to start.  After getting into it I quickly realize that only 1 area a year might be getting done because it is WORK!

I got some great tips over on my Facebook page so I started with a water/fabric softener and scraper combo that actually worked pretty good.  Then I mentioned to my mother-in-law that a lot of people recommended a steamer.  Guess what?  She actually had a brand new one!  It has been working like a charm. Probably half the time it would have taken with the water/softener concoction. I’m so thankful too because I wanted to have this all done by the middle of August.  Looks like I am on track and I will post the before and afters soon for all to see.

After dinner I am kicking back and relaxing with  Wedding Crashers.  An oldie but goody and I love digging through our old DVD’s.  With dinner we’re drinking some Michigantuan from Short’s Brewing.  I can not resist a cherry beer especially one using Michigan cherries.  So now on to the food.

Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The fried jalapenos are simple enough.  Take the jarred jalapenos and put them onto a paper towel, fold over and press down to dry them off as much as possible. Mix together the egg, milk, flour, salt and pepper for the batter. Heat up 1/4 cup of oil in a pan (drop a little bit of the batter to see if it starts to fry to check if oil is ready)  and fry 2-3 minutes, on each side until golden brown. Remove from pan and put on another clean plate and paper towel to drain.

Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the burger I actually finally used a hamburger press that I got from my son’s school fundraiser probably 3 years ago.  They really turned out great as you can see from the end result below.  I mix my burger some Worcestershire Sauce and that’s it.  Press half the meat into one side and then the other putting a piece of cheese into the middle and pressing it so the two halves connect.  If you don’t have a press just make a 1/2 pound patty and add cheese later.

As I’ve said before I don’t have a grill so I used my Foreman grill.  It took about 12 minutes total but check to make sure fully cooked for whatever method you are using.  Thinking I might have to remedy this whole no grill quick….maybe for my birthday coming up here in August?

Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the aioli mix mayo, minced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon of jalapeno juice.  Toast the buns, always.  Top with the spicy aioli.  And here you are….

Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Fried Jalapeno Burger
All beef hamburger stuffed with cheddar cheese then topped with crunchy fried jalapenos. Pile on creamy jalapeno aioli to finish off with even more heat.
Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Servings
burger
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Servings
burger
Ingredients
Fried Jalapeno Burger | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take the jarred jalapenos and put them onto a paper towel, fold over and press down to dry them off as much as possible.
  2. Mix together the egg, milk, flour, salt and pepper for the batter.
  3. Heat up 1/4 cup of oil in a pan (drop a little bit of the batter to see if it starts to fry to check if oil is ready) and fry 2-3 minutes, on each side until golden brown.
  4. Remove from pan and put on another clean plate and paper towel to drain.
  5. Mix burger with Worcestershire Sauce.
  6. Press half the meat into one side and then the other putting a piece of cheese into the middle and pressing it so the two halves connect. **If you don't have a press just make a 1/2 pound patty and add cheese later.
  7. Cook on each side around 6 minutes for a total of 12 minutes. **Check to make sure fully cooked for whatever method you are using.
  8. For the aioli mix mayo, minced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon of jalapeno juice.
  9. Toast the buns. Top with the spicy aioli. Enjoy!

Smoked Sausage Sandwich

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.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Tonight we are drinking 400 Divine Rabbits from a local favorite Greenbush Brewing Co.  A great stop if you hit the beach or the casino in New Buffalo.  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.

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 every one 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.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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 go a little closer to the 10 minute mark.

 

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Our new appliances were purchased in the recent store closing for HH Gregg.  This Frigidaire stove has a center griddle that I’ve been using non-stop.  No worries if you don’t have a griddle you can use a regular frying pan.  Butter buns and place them split side down.  Cut the sausage in 4 parts then split down the middle placing that split side down as well.  Heat the sausage through for around 3 minutes.  Flip both the bun and the sausage then cook around 3 minutes again.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Heating up the spaghetti sauce and assembling the sandwich is all that’s left to do.  I heated it up in the microwave for 1 minute.  Place bun on plate, add split smoked sausage, layer on the veggies then top with sauce.  And here you are…..

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

Cheesy Cauliflower #SundaySupper

Looking for a simple side dish that your kids will love?  Have a picky eater that thinks veggies are evil?  Try my Cheesy Cauliflower that is a proven winner with my kids and I’m sure yours will love this side dish too.

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

My two boys couldn’t be more different nutrition wise.  If you set a bowl of fruit and a cookie in from of my 10 year old he would always choose the fruit.  He likes to generally eat healthy and only complains when I serve green beans or Brussels sprouts.

My 3 year old on the other hand could sniff out a sugar laden treat from 10 miles away.  Most days it’s a struggle to get a banana down him for breakfast, unless I make my Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas, but even then it’s a struggle.  So I make small concessions and try my very best to make good things as appealing as possible.  And this dish is a hit with both my boys.

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Start by chopping the core off the cauliflower and chop into similar sizes.  Add to a pot of water and set to boil for 15 minutes.  The base for the sauce is just a basic white one.  Remove the cooked cauliflower from the pot and drain the water.  To that pot add the butter and cook over medium heat to melt.  Once melted whisk the flour 1 Tablespoon at a time and stir to combine.  Now add the milk and continue to whisk until it starts thickening.  It’s time to add the spices.

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Four simple ingredients: salt, pepper, garlic powder then Parmesan.  I love the powder kind and use it constantly.  Now the fifth spice is really what makes this dish a stand out~nutmeg.  A few years back I was watching The Rachel Ray Show and she recommended adding nutmeg to cheese sauces.  Ever since then that is what I’ve done.  Who am I to question Rachel Ray!

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once you’ve added the spices and Parmesan whisk to combine then add 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir until melted and combined completely.  Add the cauliflower back into the pot and stir the sauce and cauliflower so that it covers every piece.  Cheesy……so good!  Put the cauliflower into a greased oven proof bowl then sprinkle with the reminding 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.  Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes.  This is the perfect kid friendly recipe to add to any dish.  And here you are……

Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

As always thank you to our Sunday Supper host this week, Anne from Simple and Savory.  If you want more vegetable recipes to make kids happy check out all these other recipes from Sunday Supper bloggers.

Sunday Supper Kid Friendly Vegetable Recipes

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For even more kid friendly vegetables check out these Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters by The Sunday Supper Movement

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Cheesy Cauliflower
Tender cauliflower is combined with a light cheese sauce. A veggie side dish that is kid approved.
Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Side Dish
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Side Dish
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Cheesy Cauliflower | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start by chopping the core off the cauliflower and chop into similar sizes. Add to a pot of water and set to boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the cooked cauliflower from the pot and drain the water. To that pot add the butter and cook over medium heat to melt. Once melted whisk the flour 1 Tablespoon at a time and stir to combine. Now add the milk and continue to whisk until it starts thickening.
  3. Now add salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg then Parmesan.
  4. Once you've added the spices and Parmesan whisk to combine then add 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir until melted and combined completely.
  5. Add the cauliflower back into the pot and stir the sauce and cauliflower so that it covers every piece.
  6. Put the cauliflower into a greased oven proof bowl then sprinkle with the reminding 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
  7. Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Wing Sauce Sliders

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. Flash back 2003….my husband had just won Virginia’s Strongest Man. We actually had friends in the area so we went out and celebrated afterwards 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’**.

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So, there’s that. 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!

First you will prepare your 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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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. First off let’s start with the Garlic Parmesan 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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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!

Wing Sauce Sliders | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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……

Wing Sauce Sliders | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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
Crunchy chicken on soft slider buns slathered in Wing Sauce then topped with Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce.
Wing Sauce Sliders | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sliders
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Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Sliders
Servings
sliders
Ingredients
Chicken for Wing Sauce Sliders
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Blue Cheese & Celery Sauce
Wing Sauce Sliders | Bottom Left of the Mitten
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.

Sheet Pan Salmon #SundaySupper

While I’ve never been one to cook seafood at home I decided to give it a spin since I’ve been wanting to add some fish to our diets.  The one that I have been making lately has been a huge hit at dinnertime and that’s what I like to call ‘Sheet Pan Salmon’.

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To say that this dinner is family friendly would be an understatement.  My 10 year old LOVES seafood.  I was a little worried what the 3 year old would think since he can tend to be a picky eater but he gobbled up a few pieces I cut then asked for more.  Even my husband who isn’t a big seafood eater liked it.  For me I’ve always enjoyed seafood and salmon especially.  Growing up my family was full of adventurous eaters and I’m hoping my boys will be too as I expand my home cooking skills.

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The fish that I used was on sale and already came seasoned with a spicy peppercorn marinade.  You can choose one already seasoned, it really added to the flavor of the dish and wasn’t overpowered by the topping I added.  This will take one average sized sheet pan.  Cover with tin foil then oil it so the fish doesn’t stick.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash and chop the asparagus (my favorite-check out my other Sunday Supper recipe Asparagus Soup), chop the onions then put them both in a bowl.  Drizzle with 1 Tbs oil, salt and pepper.  Stir to coat all the veggies.  Now combine the ingredients for the creamy topping: mayo, Parmesan cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts and lemon juice.

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Place the fish onto the greased sheet pan.  Take the asparagus mixture and layer around the salmon.  Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top the salmon.   For the crunchy topping you can easily use breadcrumbs to top this off why not crush up some homemade croutons?  Place it all into the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes.

I served this meal with some mashed sweet potatoes.  So sweet and creamy they were a perfect balance with the fish.  And here you…..

Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

I would like to thank this weeks Sunday Supper host Claire McEwen of Sprinkles & Spouts.  For more sensational seafood recipes check these out……

25+ Best Sunday Supper Seafood Recipes

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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Sheet Pan Salmon
Salmon is coated in a creamy sauce and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. Baked in 30 minutes until flaky. A sheet pan supper for the whole family.
Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood
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Sheet Pan Salmon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. On an average sized sheet pan. Cover with tin foil then oil it so the fish doesn't stick.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Wash and chop the asparagus, chop the onions then put them both in a bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tbs oil, salt and pepper. Stir to coat all the veggies.
  4. Combine the ingredients for the creamy topping: mayo, Parmesan cheese, garlic, artichoke hearts and lemon juice.
  5. Place the fish onto the greased sheet pan.
  6. Take the asparagus mixture and spread around the salmon.
  7. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on top the salmon.
  8. Cover the top with breadcrumbs or crushed croutons.
  9. Place it all into the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes

Can you believe it’s already been 2 months since Super Bowl?  Geesh!  This recipe is an inspiration from a dip that I made for it.  Quick Tomato Jalapeno Popper Dip from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen. Earlier that day I was browsing through Pinterest and found this recipe then made a special trip to the store just so I could make it.  Worth it! It was just the special treat I was looking for.

While I ate and ate…..and ate on it (I couldn’t stop myself!) I thought about how great this would taste if I used it for the filling in my Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Roll Ups.  Touchdown! I had a winner.  Pair it with some potatoes sprinkled with my favorite Cajun seasoning and we have a dinner, Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes.

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For this Mitten Movie Night we are drinking some Rapunzel from Arcadia Ales and watching Office Christmas Party.  I know we are way off on seasons here but we don’t judge!  I really love Arcadia Ales and recently paired my Under The Troll Bridge Pasties with their Hopmouth.  That was a great meal and so is this one.  The fruit and hop combo cannot be beat with the spiciness of this dish.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The chicken and potatoes can be made in two dishes but cooked together to save the guess work.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Starting with chopping the potatoes and onions into bite sized cubes.  Drizzle with oil and Cajun seasoning then stir to combine and add to a small greased baking dish.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Thank you again to the Checkered Chef for letting me try out their awesome products!

For the chicken stuffing combine the jalapenos, chilies, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cheese, softened cream cheese and sour cream then stir to combine.  Slice each chicken breast horizontally to make 2 equally sized pieces-will make 8 in total.  Take a tenderizer with the flat side and pound out the chicken until it’s about 1/2 inch thick.  Spread filing on the middle of the chicken then roll.  Roll into the chicken coating then place in greased baking dish.

Put both dishes into the preheated over and cook for 45 minutes.  Plate, crack open a beer and here you are….

Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes
Chicken is filled with creamy and spicy jalapeno, green chilies and cream cheese then baked. Comes out of the oven crispy and full of popper perfection.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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Cajun Potatoes
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cajun Potatoes
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Cajun Potatoes
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. First cut each breast through the center creating two separate but equal pieces. Starting with chopping the potatoes and onions into bite sized cubes.
  3. Drizzle with oil and Cajun seasoning then stir to combine and add to a small greased baking dish.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken
  1. Combine the jalapenos, chilies, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cheese, softened cream cheese and sour cream then stir to combine.
  2. Slice each chicken breast horizontally to make 2 equally sized pieces-will make 8 in total.
  3. Take a tenderizer with the flat side and pound out the chicken until it's about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Spread filing on the middle of the chicken then roll. Roll into the chicken coating then place in greased baking dish.
  5. Put both dishes into the preheated over and cook for 45 minutes. Enjoy!

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