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! 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.

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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!

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!

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

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.

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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.

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Stir it all together so the everything is all combined well.  Add it all into the prepared pan and spread it all 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.  And here you are……

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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 Casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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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!

Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon #CookoutWeek

For my last #CookoutWeek recipe I made something that I’ve never cooked at home before, duck.  I was so excited to receive from one of our sponsors, Maple Leaf Farms, a whole bunch of duck goodies.  Duck breasts, duck bacon, and half roasted ducks.  So it was time to get creative and I think I created a winner for sure in this duck breast wrapped in duck bacon.

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While I’ve had duck many times at restaurants and really enjoy it for me it’s like fish entrees, I prefer to eat them out instead of worry about how to make them at home. But I am up for a challenge and what better place to take a shot than Cookout Week?!

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For this recipe, I decided to keep it simple. As simple as it gets to WRAPPING IT IN BACON!  Make sure that the duck breasts are unthawed.  Pat each one dry then place on a rack.  Open 1 package of bacon then wrap at least 3 pieces on each breast.  You won’t use the whole package so what I did was add the bacon to the sheet that I baked these on and my family enjoyed them as an addition to the breasts. The duck bacon was amazing!  The boys raved and raved about it.

I ended up baking the breasts in the oven since Michigan weather has been kind of a pain (rain, rain, and more rain).  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and they should be done in around 1 hour.  Next time I plan on cooking these on the grill!  But I was very happy with how these turned out without going to grill route and it gives me a way to make these all year round.

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One of my favorite combinations of flavors is chicken blackberries.  Since duck has a similar flavor profile I thought a sweet sauce would be great with this.  And then it’s summer so why not heat things up a little with chili powder?  Yes!  It’s so simple.  Remove the pit from the apricots and chop.  Add the preserves, salt, red pepper and chili powder.  Done!

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Check the final temperature to make sure the duck is cooked all the way through.  It should be at an internal temp of 165 degrees.  And here you are….

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Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon
Delicious duck breast is wrapped in duck bacon then topped off with chili apricots. The perfect mix of spicy and sweet. Great on the grill or in the oven.
Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Duck Breast Wrapped In Bacon | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Make sure that the duck breasts are unthawed. Pat each one dry then place on a rack.
  2. Open 1 package of bacon then wrap atleast 3 pieces on each breast. You won't use the whole package so what I did was add the bacon to the sheet that I baked these.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and they should be done in around 1 hour.
  4. Remove the pit from the apricots and chop. Add the preserves, salt, red pepper and chili powder.
  5. Check the final temperature to make sure the duck is cooked all the way through. It should be at internal temp of 165 degrees. Top with the apricots and 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.

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! | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

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.

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! | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

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! | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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…..

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! | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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 or even as a side to spice up taco night.
Salsa Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine Bread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine 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!

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 has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | 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.

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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 has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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’.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | 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 this pulled pork mac and cheese 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 has a creamy homemade sauce topped with tender pulled pork and BBQ sauce. The perfect meal for when your craving cheesy goodness. | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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
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 & 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.  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 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.

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

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

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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
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!

Irish Stout Cake

Who says you can’t have your cake and enjoy a beer too? Pour a cup into this cake batter then enjoy the rest while the cake bakes.  This Irish Stout Cake is the perfect dessert for upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.  Did I mention that I made it with Michigan Craft Beer?  Celebrate the Holiday and Michigan in one sweet dessert that is so easy to make.

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I’m so excited this year to participate in #FoodBloggerLove recipe swap.  This event is all about showing the ‘love’ to other Food Bloggers and recreating their best recipes.  I am pairing up with Amy Bartlett over at Savory Moments.  There were so many wonderful recipes on her site that by the time I finally settled on one I had a bunch more on my list to make but once I landed on her Guinness Chocolate Cake I knew this was the perfect recipe.  Check out Amy on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and of course on her blog where she’s cooking it up in the kitchen – can you believe she does it all with twins running around?

Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

If you follow Bottom Left of the Mitten at all you know that I do a lot of food and beer pairing but I haven’t ever cooked ‘with’ beer let alone bake with it.  I’m glad that I went outside my comfort zone for #FoodBloggerLove.  Not only was Amy’s recipe really easy it gave me an opportunity to swap out the original Guinness that she used for a Michigan Craft Beer which I’m always 100% here for. So if you want you can use 1 cup of Guinness or do I like I did and reach for Short’s Brewing Uncle Steve’s Traditional Irish Style Stout.  Now on to the cake!!

To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 8-inch springform pan.  On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer.  Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar.  Set aside to cool.  In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine.  Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.

Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients.  Then add the sour cream & eggs to that.  Make sure the springform pan is liberally greased or you can even add parchment paper to it.  Place the pan on a cookie sheet just in case the bottom leaks a little bit then add the batter.  Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.  Mine went for a full 55 minutes.  The top of my cake did crack and you know of course I just watched a baking hack video where it showed how not to have that happen but of course I forgot and you know what, oh well.  It turned out perfect!

Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan.  Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.  Time to make the frosting!  Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined.  Spread over the top of the cake.  Cut into 8 slices and here you are….

Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Irish Stout Cake
Moist and fluffy chocolate cake that is so rich and delicious. Topped off with sweet mascarpone frosting. The perfect recipe for St. Patrick's Day and beyond.
Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
Irish Stout Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Irish Stout Chocolate Cake
  1. To start preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8-inch springform pan.
  2. On the stove top over medium heat in a small pan heat the butter until melted then add 1 cup of beer. Turn off the heat then add the cocoa powder, sugar and brown sugar. Set aside to cool.
  3. In another smaller bowl add the eggs sour cream, vanilla then stir to combine. Now in a larger bowl add the dry ingredients: flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Once the butter & beer has cooled down add to the dry ingredients. Then add the sour cream & eggs to that. Add to the pan.
  5. Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.
  6. Take out of the oven and then use a knife to scrape the sides of the pan to release the cake from the sides then flip open the springform pan. Put the cake on a cooling rack or plate and let the cake cool fully.
Frosting
  1. Use one tub of mascarpone cheese and add sugar and vanilla until completely combined. Spread over the top of the cake.
  2. Cut into 8 slices. Enjoy!

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Happy November!  Time to dust off Halloween and enjoy a few short weeks before we officially kick off the holidays.  If you’re anything like me even though I have to wait for Thanksgiving feasts I start planning out the menu now.  With any luck you will want to save this Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe for yours.

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This actually is a pie that I have been wanting to make forever.  I was talking to my Step-Mom about a drink recipe that I wanted to make for the holidays.  ‘You know this and your sister’s pie are always what I think about when I remember the holidays.’  A crisp, crunchy top with pecans made way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust.  This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.  Luckily for me, she knew the recipe and gave it to me right then and there.

Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

According to her I could find the recipe on Baker’s German Chocolate baking squares.  Her sister then just omitted the coconut because her family didn’t care for it.  So off to the store I went and picked up the ingredients.  Unfortunately the Baker’s Chocolate did not have this pie recipe in it but no worries I found this German Chocolate Pie Recipe from Betty Crocker and guess what?  It was spot on.

For this I used a pre-made pie crust.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate.  Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.

To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Mix with a whisk until combined.  In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla.  Break the chocolate bar into pieces.  In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate.  Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely.  Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk.  Let cool for a few minutes.

To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step.  Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.  Pour filling into the pie crust.  Finally pour the pecans over the top.  Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.

Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours.  Slice it up and serve with whipped cream.  And here you are….

Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Chocolate Pecan Pie
A crisp, crunchy top with pecans make way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust. This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.
Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Chocolate Pecan Pie | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate. Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.
  2. To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix with a whisk until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla. Break the chocolate bar into pieces. In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate. Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely. Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk. Let cool for a few minutes.
  4. To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step. Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.
  5. Pour filling into the pie crust. Finally pour the pecans over the top. Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.
  6. Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours. Slice it up and serve with whipped cream. 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!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Choctoberfest is the perfect reason to dust off old cookie recipes and give them a fresh update.  I was excited to partner this week with Barlean’s and use a different version of one of my favorite items to cook with-coconut oil.  For these I used Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil.  Peanut butter and chocolate are made for each other in these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Trading out normal butter on a 1:1 ratio for Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil had these cookies coming out of the oven crispy, which is perfect because that is just how I like them. Now on to the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg.  Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients.  Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt.  Finally add chocolate chips.  Once everything is all combined take off and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.  The dough will be almost like crumbles when all combined.  Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand.  Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet.  Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.  Like traditional peanut butter cookies press down with a fork horizontal then vertical.  Be careful because the dough is very delicate so press gently.  Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.  Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes.  Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper. Until they are fully cooled they will be a easy to crumble so give just a bit before diving in.  Now do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.

After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days but they probably won’t last that long!  And here you….

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
Creamy peanut butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips combine with butter flavored coconut oil to make a crisp and crunchy cookie.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies
Servings
cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies
Servings
cookies
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients. Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt. Finally add chocolate chips.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.
  4. Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand. Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet. Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.
  5. Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.
  6. Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper.
  8. Do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.
  9. After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This week for Choctoberfest I thought I would make a rich, chocolate dessert that takes me back to my childhood.  Sunday’s were spent at my Grandma & Grandpa’s house and dessert was usually a big bowl of homemade chocolate pudding.  Rodelle’s Dutch-processed cocoa gives this chocolate pudding a rich flavor and easy enough to make to make your sweet tooth happy.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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I was very excited to partner with Rodelle in making this recipe for Choctoberfest.  Not only is their baking cocoa versatile for recipes it is also full of good things for you and your family: antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamins.  It’s also naturally cholesterol free Kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.  So now on to the recipe!

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined.  Move the pot to the stove top.  Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients.  Turn on the stove to medium heat.  Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.

With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going.  The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient.  Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken–this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn’t burn.  When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

We love to eat our pudding warm.  Give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little if eating warm.  Now I LOVE the skin on my pudding.  However if you are a family that doesn’t you can cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.  If you want cold put it into the fridge for about half an hour.

Serve warm or chilled.  With or without whipped cream.  And here you are…..

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Only a few minutes and a few ingredients to make the perfect comfort homemade chocolate pudding. Get ready to be transported to your childhood.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Homemade Chocolate Pudding | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined. Move the pot to the stove top.
  2. Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients. Turn on the stove to medium heat. Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.
  3. With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going. The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient. Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken--this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn't burn.
  4. When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.
  5. If eating warm give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little.
  6. For no skin: cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.
  7. If you want cold: put it into the fridge for about half an hour.
  8. Serve warm or chilled. With or without whipped cream. Enjoy!

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