Hawaiian Pizza

This Hawaiian Pizza is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Whip up a quick pizza crust and this Hawaiian pizza recipe comes together in a flash. The ultimate treat for pizza night!

Hawaiian Pizza sliced and ready to serve with a craft beer to the side

So long time, no see from me here in the bottom left of the mitten.  This is the first official Mitten Movie Night of fall because I haven’t celebrated one on the blog since the middle of July.  Like almost everyone the transition from summertime fun to school, sports, and general running around get you to here in October before you know it. So let’s get this movie night kicked off!

Tonight I am making a favorite, pizza.  HAWAIIAN PIZZA to be precise with lots of ham, red onion and THICK SLICES OF PINEAPPLE.  This combination of toppings are as intriguing as the type of beer I’m pairing it with.

What movie pairs well with pizza and beer?

I recommend I Think We’re Alone NowThis was a good movie (the end could have been a little more clear) but if you are a fan of apocalyptic genres then this one is for you.  Plus, Peter Dinklage is in it and I have a hard time passing on his movies. He’s is so good in everything from comedy to drama.

What beer pairs well with Hawaiian Pizza?

The beer: Spiteful Brewing, Working for the Weekend Double IPA.

I originally picked this up when we were visiting friends in Chicago.  The art on the can was amazing and my husband loves Double IPA’s, so I grabbed them up.

Closeup of Hawaiian Pizza that is sliced.

Are Double IPA’s hard to pair with food?

According to many of the websites that I frequent for food and beer pairings-yes.  The consensus is that it’s too heavy and ‘fights’ with the flavors in most foods.

While I am just starting to enjoy IPA’s my husband loves them.  After asking his opinion he disagreed and therefore I felt like I had a green light and he even gave me a suggestion of where to start, pizza.  Pizza goes with everything he said!  I am not disagreeing with that so off to the kitchen I went to make this simple Hawaiian Pizza that did indeed pair perfectly with this Double IPA from Spiteful Brewing.

How to make Hawaiian Pizza:

Forever with my trusty Jiffy pizza crust, I decided that a thick crust was my go-to.  For this pizza, I used 3 packages Jiffy pizza crust boxes plus 1-1/2 cup lukewarm water.  Add to a bowl and stir to combine until there are no chunks.

Steps on how to make a Hawaiian pizza.

Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Using floured hands take the dough out of the bowl and spread the crust onto a 9-inch pie pan. Place the crust into the oven for 8-10 minutes.  Since the crust is a great way to make sure the middle is not raw.

Take out of the oven and cover with the pizza sauce.  Add the cheese, chopped ham, sliced red onions and whole slices of pineapple.  Place back into the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

Slice into eight pieces.

Tips & Variations for Hawaiian Pizza:

  • Once the crust has risen make sure to have flour nearby.  Using flour on hands and on top of the crust ensures that the dough doesn’t get too sticky.
  • Don’t skip the pre-cooking of the crust. It’s important so that you don’t have a cooked top but a raw center.
  • Prefer smaller bites of pineapple? Use pineapple chunks instead of slices.

And here you are…….

A finished Hawaiian pizza with a craft beer and pizza cutter to the side of it.

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

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Hawaiian Pizza
Get pizza night going with this easy Hawaiian pizza recipe. It's a great combination of salty from the ham and sweet from the pineapple.
Hawaiian Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Hawaiian Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Add 3 boxes of Jiffy pizza crust to a bowl with 1-1/2 cups of lukewarm water. Stir to combine until there are no chunks.
  2. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Using floured hands take the dough out of the bowl and spread the crust onto a 9-inch pie pan. Place the crust into the oven for 8-10 minutes. Since the crust is a great way to make sure the middle is not raw.
  5. Take out of the oven and cover with the pizza sauce. Add the cheese, chopped ham, sliced red onions and whole slices of pineapple. Place back into the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Once the crust has risen to make sure to have flour nearby.  Using flour on hands and on top of the crust ensures that the dough doesn't get too sticky.
  • Don't skip the pre-cooking of the crust. It's important so that you don't have a cooked top but a raw center.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos

I’ve got something spicy on deck for this Mitten Movie Night!  These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are full of so much flavor. Soft tortillas filled with chicken, pico de gallo, cheese and finally topped with a buffalo ranch sauce that you will be putting on everything once you try it.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Can you believe that this Summer is half over?  Where did the time go?  What seems really odd is that we haven’t even been busy this summer.  So in order to celebrate the mid-summer slump let’s pair these fresh tacos with some Summer Love Ale from Victory Brewing Company.  A perfect fruity compliment to the bite of the buffalo sauce and the jalapeno in the pico de gallo.

For tonight’s movie, I recommend ‘How It Ends’.  I am a big fan of post-apocalyptic movies and this one was right up my alley.  Check out Netflix to find this title.  So now on to these buffalo ranch chicken tacos!

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Start by cutting each chicken breast in half to thin these out a bit.  I then cover with plastic wrap and use a mallet to beat the chicken down to about 1/2″ thick.  Heat the oil in a pan then sprinkle the creole seasoning over each side of the chicken.  Place the chicken into the pan and cook each side 4-6 minutes.  Placing the seasoning on the chicken make it look almost ‘blackened‘.

While the chicken cooks make the pico de gallo.  You can hand chop all the vegetables and then mix them with the lime, cilantro, and cumin or you can save so much time by using a food processor.  It does make it a little watery from the tomatoes so what I do it strain in a mesh strainer over a bowl.  Saves so much time and tastes just as delicious.

Once the chicken has cooked all the way through remove from the pan and cube.  In a bowl combine the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.  This sauce is the key to making this chicken taco recipe the BEST!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the flour tortillas, I love to cook them over the open flame on my stove.  You can, of course, skip this step if you like and just cover 8 tortillas with a warm, wet paper towel and microwave for 25 seconds.  Now fill the shells with chicken, cheese, pico de gallo then drizzle with buffalo ranch sauce.  Serve with Double Batch Smashed Beans and here you are…..

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos
These Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos are full of so much flavor. Soft tortillas filled with chicken, Pico de Gallo, cheese and finally topped with a buffalo ranch sauce that you will be putting on everything once you try it.
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Pico de gallo
Buffalo Ranch
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
tacos
Ingredients
Pico de gallo
Buffalo Ranch
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tacos | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Chicken for tacos
  1. Start by cutting each chicken breast in half to thin these out a bit. Then cover with plastic wrap and use a mallet to beat the chicken down to about 1/2" thick.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan then sprinkle the creole seasoning over each side of the chicken. Place the chicken into the pan and cook each side 4-6 minutes. Placing the seasoning on the chicken make it look almost 'blackened'.
  3. Once the chicken has cooked all the way through remove from the pan and cube.
Pico de gallo
  1. You can hand chop all the vegetables and then mix them with the lime, cilantro, and cumin or you can save so much time by using a food processor. *If you make this in the food processor: Strain in a mesh strainer over a bowl.
Buffalo Ranch
  1. In a bowl combine the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing.
  2. Fill the tortilla shells with chicken, cheese, pico de gallo then drizzle with buffalo ranch sauce. Enjoy!

Salsa Bread

Need a break from ordinary bread? Don’t have all day to spend making a loaf of bread from scratch? Enter Salsa Bread.  A quick bread recipe full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches or even as a side to spice up taco night.

Salsa Bread on a board ready to cut and eat.

As I’ve stated many times before I really haven’t had the easiest time learning how to bake. I like to stick to hearty meals that can be paired with beer. The closest I get is jazzing up boxed cake mix for sweet or pizza crust for savory.  However, I was willing to give baking a try so I could make this bread for a specific sandwich I am trying to recreate.

A load of Salsa Bread ready to eat.

After a little searching I found and baked this recipe for Dill Pickle Bread from Delish. It turned out fabulous and the recipe was so simple that I figured it was a perfect one to adapt for this.  Guess what?  It turned out exactly how I wanted.  Yeah! So now on to the recipe for this spicy Salsa Bread.

How to make Salsa Bread:

First let’s start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and make the salsa.

In a food processor combine the drained tomato with green chilies, jalapenos, garlic cloves, cumin and red onion.  Pulse until there are no longer chunks and it has a slightly soupy consistency.

In another bowl or mixer, start to make the bread base.  Add sour cream, vegetable oil, egg and salsa mixture.

Stir to mix all the wet ingredients together.

Now start adding dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

Homemade salsa and a mixer.

Prepare a bread loaf pan with spray or oil then add dough to the pan.

Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle.

Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then slice and eat.

And here you are…..

A load of Salsa Bread ready to eat.

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

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Salsa Bread
This quick recipe for Salsa Bread is full of spicy jalapenos, green chilies and juicy tomato goodness of the salsa you love. Perfect for sandwiches!
Salsa Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine Appetizer, Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine Appetizer, Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Salsa Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a food processor combine the drained tomato with green chilies, jalapenos, garlic cloves, cumin and red onion. Pulse until there are no longer chunks and it has a slightly soupy consistency.
  3. In another bowl or mixer start to make the bread base. Add sour cream, vegetable oil, egg and salsa mixture. Stir to mix all the wet ingredients together. Now start adding dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  4. Prepare a bread loaf pan with spray or oil then add dough to the pan. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean in the middle.
  5. Let the bread cool for 10 minutes then slice and eat. 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

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

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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!

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