Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide

Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Have a Craft Beer Lover in your life?  Or maybe your one?
Here is a gift guide to make all those on your Holiday gift list ‘Hoppy’.

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Give the ultimate personalized gift for the Craft Beer lover. This wood beer carrier from Wallis Family Customs has all the bells and whistles-choose from 2 different colors, a custom engraving on BOTH sides and holds a 6 pack and comes with a bottle opener. Boom!

wood beer carrier from Wallis Family Customs | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
A great Michigan Beer maker paired with a great Michigan Soap Maker? Prepare to spoil the skin of any craft beer lover with Chief Hopper Soap from Wicked Soaps.

Chief Hopper Soap from Wicked Soaps | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Show your support for local breweries with this Drink Local Embroidered Tank Top from New Vintage Embroidery.  Comes in a variety of tank and thread colors so there are so many ways this can be made for the one of a kind craft beer lover.

Drink Local Embroidered Tank Top from New Vintage Embroidery | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Put your loved ones stamp on any craft beer packaging with this Craft Beer Stamp from Tailor Made Stamps.  A really great way to customize home brew ales.

Craft Beer Stamp from Tailor Made Stamps | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Need to get fancy for the holidays? The beer necktie from Cyberoptix is the must have accessory for craft beer lovers.  Have the man in your life heading out in style this holiday season.

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This handcrafted Pumpkin Spice IPA Candle from Tavern Wick Candle Co. is inspired by the seasonal craft beer we all know and love.  It will keep any home smelling amazing all Winter long.

Pumpkin Spice IPA Candle from Tavern Wick Candle Co. | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Looking for a gift to update a bar area or even a man cave?  This Craft Beer Tavern Personalized Plaque from Sand Cast Address Plaques comes in 5 different colors and customized with the brewer or bartenders name.

Quality Craft Beer Tavern Personalized Round Plaque from Sand Cast Address Plaques | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Know someone expecting a little bundle of joy this holiday season?  For the craft beer loving parents to be this cute Locally Brewed onsie from KayeDesign Studio makes a great gift.

Locally Brewed from KayeDesign Studio | Craft Beer Lovers Gift Guide | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Crack open a cold one. Celebrate.

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Street Corn Taquitos

A sweet chicken and corn filling is rolled up in and fried to crispy perfection.
Street Corn Taquitos make a great appetizer or dinner!

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Has this Summer been busy!  I have been doing so much around the house, we’ve been running around and I haven’t had much time to work on this little blog. Even sadder is it’s been weeks since I’ve celebrated Mitten Movie Night which is probably my favorite of all posts to do on the blog.  So let’s rectify that right now and enjoy some Michigan craft beer and these Street Corn Taquitos.

What beer pairs well with Street Corn Taquitos?

The beer:  Oval Beach Blonde from Saugatuck Brewing Company

Tonight I am pairing this dish with one of my favorite types of beer, a blonde.  This pairs perfectly with the crispy tortillas, the bursts of sweet corn in the filling and the creaminess of the mayo.

What movie pairs well with street corn themed appetizers?

In anticipation of the upcoming Eclipse I want to watch a classic from the 80’s that always freaked me out, Night of the Comet. I know it’s not an eclipse but it is space related phenomena so close enough.  Where are you planning on watching the eclipse?  The boys and I are going to our local library where they are having a watching party.  How exciting!

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For the chicken, I cooked mine in the crock pot with some salt & pepper.

How to make shredded chicken?

To shred it I wanted to try something that I saw on Pinterest and guess what, it WORKED! Use a KitchenAid mixer to shred the chicken. I cut the chicken in half, put it into the mixing bowl and turned it on high.  Less than 3 minutes later beautifully shredded chicken without the work.  Genius!

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How to make Street Corn Taquitos:

To the same bowl add the rest of the ingredients for the filling: mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, corn, cilantro, cheese, and spices.  Stir to combine.

Add enough oil to the bottom of the pan that it will fry these up around 1/2 cup.  While the oil heats upstart assembling the taquitos.  Place the filling along the longest end, not too much that it spills out.  Roll it up.

Once the oil is heated up place the tortilla in seam side down.  Fry for 2 minutes, then flip.

Fry for another 2 minutes then place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

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Work the taquitos in batches of 2-3 depending on the size of your frying pan.  Don’t overcrowd or they won’t fry properly. 

Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and lettuce.

And here you are….

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Sweet corn, shredded chicken and a creamy filling wrapped in a corn tortilla then fried to a crispy golden brown. Street Corn Taquitos make the perfect appetizer or even a main dish.
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  1. Cook the chicken breast then shred it to make small pieces. (Try the KitchenAid mixer!)
  2. To a bowl with the chicken in it add the rest of the ingredients for the filling: mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, corn, cilantro, cheese and spices. Stir to combine.
  3. Add enough oil to the bottom of the pan that it will fry these up around 1/2 cup. While the oil heats up start assembling the taquitos.
  4. Place the filling along the longest end, not too much that it spills out. Roll the it up.
  5. Once the oil is heated up place the tortilla in seam side down. Fry for 2 minutes, then flip. Fry for another 2 minutes then place on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  6. Work the taquitos in batches of 2-3 depending on the size of your frying pan.
  7. Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes and lettuce. Enjoy!

Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

This easy meatball recipe will surprise you with all of its flavor! A thick sauce is the star of these Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze.  Place them on top of creamy mashed potatoes and you are in comfort food nirvana.

Turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze on a pile of mashed potatoes and a cold beer off to the side ready to eat.

It’s the first Mitten Movie Night of 2017!  Woot, Woot.  How is yours going so far?  Tonight I’ve got a great meatball recipe for you to start the year off right.

What movie pairs well with turkey meatballs and beer?

The movie we’re watching is Bridget Jones’s Baby.  I love this series of movies and just recently re-watched the others because I knew this was coming.

What beer pairs well with Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze?

The beer: Melonfest Cantaloupe Wheat from Roak Brewing.

My husband picked this beer up and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure I would like it.  I love cantaloupe but wasn’t sure how it was going to work in a beer. I was pleasantly surprised!

Light and not overly fruity makes for a very drinkable beer that’s perfectly paired with the tang of the balsamic vinegar and soy sauce in the glaze on these meatballs.

Turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze on a pile of mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side ready to eat!

To say that I like meatballs is an understatement.  I LOVE them.  They are easy, very versatile and can come in many different combinations.  You can serve them on noodles, potatoes, as an appetizer.  In fact, one of the very first recipes I made for the blog was Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles, a recipe I’ve been making for a long time.  I even celebrated National Meatball Day last year!

How to make Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze:

First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg, and breadcrumbs to a bowl.  Mix all ingredients together and form into a ball.

Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat.

Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes.  Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.

Onions and garlic in a skillet being cooked with balsamic vinegar glaze off to the side ready to cook.

While the meatballs are cooking chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.

To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic.  Let soften for 2-3 minutes.

Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute.  Return the meatballs back to the pan.

What do you serve with turkey meatballs?

    • Red-skinned mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and carrots for the side
  • Cheesy Cauliflower if you are looking for a lower carb side.
  • Serve these with noodles by doubling the sauce recipe so it can cover everything evenly. 

And here you are….

Turkey meatballs with balsamic vinegar glaze on a pile of mashed potatoes and a cold beer off to the side ready to eat!

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

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Balsamic Vinegar Glaze adapted from Shugary Sweets

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These Turkey Meatballs with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze have a thick, sweet, and tangy balsamic vinegar sauce and are great served with mashed potatoes.
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Turkey Meatballs
  1. First for the meatballs add the turkey, egg and breadcrumbs to a bowl. Mix all ingredients together and form into ball.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of a pan then set to medium heat. Place the meatballs in the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip them and cook for 5-6 minutes more.
Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  1. Chop the onions, mince the garlic and mix the balsamic vinegar glaze ingredients in a bowl.
  2. To the same pan melt 2 Tbs. butter then add onions and garlic. Let soften for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the sauce to the pan and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Return the meatballs back to the pan.
  4. Serve on top of mashed potatoes or noodles. Enjoy!

Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Well, the Holiday Season is upon us.  Whether I have to drag you kicking and screaming and inject you with season cheer.  Or if you’ve had your finger on the Christmas tree lights while wearing your reindeer antlers. It’s here.  Alas!  Now me, I’m a holiday person.  Pumpkin pie, dress the turkey, trim the tree, hang the stockings. Yes to all of it! But once the holiday is over-I’m over it.  The next day: Tree-gone! Lights on the house-gone! Let’s not dwell and start thinking about the new year.  But while it is here, I really do enjoy every moment of it.  So this year one of the ways we’re going to enjoy it is by having some friends over for a Craft Beer Tasting Party!

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Santa likes craft beer as much as I do! Or I inadvertently placed that there.

Usually when we have a party it’s BYOB and a dish to pass.  Which is great as the host I only have to come up with one dish and also get to try all the great food that our friends make.  This year I’m making Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke Dip.  It’s a dish that I see on almost every brew pub menu so it’s a great appetizer for this party.  Let’s get cooking. Or stirring, because it’s that simple. Cook the spinach to package directions and make sure it’s strained.  Mix all other ingredients together up until the shredded cheese.  Split half into the mixture.  Put dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted. Like I said, party perfect!

Party Perfect Spinach & Artichoke DipFor the ultimate craft beer party a tasting set is key.  It gives guests a unique way to experience craft beer.  Each glass contains a tasting marker for what beer goes best with what glass.  These also make spectacular Christmas gifts for the Craft Beer Lover in your life.

Since we are having a craft beer party I thought I would throw out the usual BYOB for this party and call it the ‘Sixer Mixer’. Bring a six pack of beer for all to share.  Some like IPA’s, some like Hefeweizen.  Some like Pilsners, some like Stouts.  Beer has a unique talent of finding just the right one for you.  Plus this beer sharing goes perfectly with the fun game that we’re playing, Brew Haha!  Can you get creative enough to beat your friends?

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And finally what is a party without music?  Hook up the Friday Afternoon Speaker and crank up the jams.  Crack your beer open, tip it over then put the phone in the now available ‘holder’.  I highly suggest queuing up some Yelawolf.  He is backed up by a Michigan native, maybe you’ve heard of him, Eminem!  If you have someone on your gift list that loves music and beer, this would make a great gift.

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Creamy party dip loaded with spinach, zesty artichoke hearts and crunchy water chestnuts. Baked to bubbly perfection. Serve at your next party!
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  1. Combine all ingredients through the shredded Italian cheese. Please 1/2 into the dip.
  2. Place dip into an oven proof dish. Top with remaining cheese.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve with crackers, bread, or pita crisps. Just don't double dip! Enjoy.

Pepper Steak Pizza

Who’s ready for Mitten Movie Night?  I know I am, it’s been a long week.  So let’s kick it off on a positive note and I’ll say a 4 letter word that makes probably 95% of people just feel better: P-I-Z-Z-A.  Pepper Steak Pizza to be exact. Tonight we’re watching Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates.  I love Adam Devine. Then enjoying some Stone Brewing Ruination Double IPA 2.0.  Lots of hoppy goodness!

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Whenever I think of pizza I think of the movie Can’t Buy Me Love.  Patrick Dempsey on the first day as the ‘popular kid’ spent the day probably not as he had imagined. When he finally gets out of school he and the girl of his dreams go to a pizza joint.  Pizza arrives and he picks it up, looks at it and exclaims that it’s hot but it looks good and he is so hungry.  About to take that first bite someone comes from behind and takes his piece and then the whole pan.  I guess the point of this is this poor guy had a terrible day and all he wanted was to take some comfort in a piece of pizza.  My thoughts are that pizza is ‘comforting’ food rather than ‘comfort’ food.  Had a long hard week?  Order a pizza and watch a movie~relax.  Have a great day with big accomplishments?  Stay home and make a pizza together and celebrate.  Haven’t seen your friends in awhile?  Meet at a great pizza place (I highly recommend Silver Beach Pizza in Saint Joseph, MI) and catch up.  Ok, enough already with the pizza nostalgia!  Let’s actually make it!

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The crust for this is so easy and you do not need to let it rise.  Add water, yeast and honey to a bowl.  Set aside and let bubbles form on the top-usually takes around 10 minutes. This means the yeast is working. Stir in four and salt to combine into a ball.  Place ball on a well floured surface then roll with rolling pin to desired size.  I did not let this rise since I wanted a thinner style crust.  Place on pizza pan.

On the steak I used a trick that my brother taught me.  Take about 2 Tbs of softened butter and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and smash it together.  Slather over both sides of the steak then let it sit for about 20 minutes.  While it’s sitting heat an oven proof pan in the oven at 400 degrees.  Cut the steak into strips then remove the pan from the oven.  The pan will be so hot that it will start browning the steak even though the stove top heat is not on.  Brown on all sides then put back into over for about 5 minutes to get done cooking.  So good! One of the best cooking tips I’ve ever gotten.

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Now all that needs to be done is put all the sauce ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil and let thicken.  Usually within 3-5 minutes it will be ready.  Sautee peppers and onion in 1/2 tsp butter.  Assemble pizza: Sauce, steak (make sure the liquid has been drained if there is any to avoid soggy crust), peppers & onions, cheese and chopped tomatoes.

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Place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes.  Cut it up into 8 pieces.  Like my Pizza Cutter?  I was honored when Checkered Chef asked if I would give this and their Pizza Peel a test drive.  Love them!  Check them out at CheckeredChef.com to get your own.  And here you are…..

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

Thin Crust adapted from How Sweet It Is

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Tender steak and sauteed peppers & onions on top of a thin crust. Perfectly paired with a soy based sauce and melted cheese. A unique way to enjoy a takeout favorite.
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Thin Crust
  1. Add water, yeast and honey to a bowl. Set aside and let bubbles form on the top-usually takes around 10 minutes. This means the yeast is working.
  2. Stir in four and salt to combine into a ball. Please ball on a well floured surface then roll with rolling pin to desired size and place on pizza pan. Do not allow to rise.
Pepper Steak
  1. Take about 2 Tbs of softened butter and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and smash it together. Slather over both sides of the steak then let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  2. While it's sitting heat an oven proof pan in the over at 400 degrees. Cut the steak into strips then remove the pan from the oven. The pan will be so hot that it will start browning the steak even though the stove top heat is not on. Brown on all sides then put back into oven for about 5 minutes to complete cooking.
Pepper Steak Sauce
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients into a small pot. Cook on medium heat until thickened completely.
  2. Assemble pizza: Sauce, steak (make sure the liquid has been drained if there is any to avoid soggy crust), peppers & onions, cheese and chopped tomatoes.
  3. Place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes. Cut it up into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce

Tender sweet potatoes are loaded up with tangy pulled pork.  Loads of flavor and easy to make, you will find yourself making this Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce again and again.

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TGIF!   Friday means Mitten Movie Night.  I have prepared something really special.  It was a few step process but really required more waiting than working.  First I put the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker.  Then I braised the pork and put it in the oven.  Whisked the Asian BBQ sauce.  Chilled the beer.

I recommend this Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce on a cool Fall day when your lounging on the couch binge watching Netflix wanting to put much effort into a great meal.

What beer pairs well with Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce?

The beer: Fifth Voyage Coconut Porter from Cranker’s Brewery.

This beer was part of an ‘I Love Michigan’ Craft Beer pack that we picked up at Meijer.  I really enjoyed this pack since it let us try a few different beers from all over the state.

What movie pairs well with craft beer and pulled pork?

For entertainment, we’re watching The Boss.  I have been binging on funny stuff all week after the premier of The Walking Dead Sunday.  Done. Over. I cannot handle anything remotely scary or stomach turning…..until this Sunday when I watch it again.

Sorry, I’ve invested too much time to quit now.  Alright! So onto the meal (unless you’re having TWD flashbacks then come back later).

How to make Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce:

As I mentioned I made this meal in stages.  For the sweet potatoes, I wash them and then put them in a crock pot for 6 hours.  Done! See didn’t I say that was easy?

For the pork in an oven-proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.  Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven.  Cook for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven then add 1 cup water.  Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.   When the pork comes out so tender it shreds easily.

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How to make Asian BBQ Sauce:

Whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil.  Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork.  Save the remainder for topping.

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Split top of sweet potato with a knife.  Stuff with pulled pork then before serving to add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes.

Garnish with chopped parsley.

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Originally published in October of 2016. Updated post March of 2019. 

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Sweet potatoes topped with tender pork and a tangy sauce. Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato with Asian BBQ Sauce is the perfect slow-cooked comfort food.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Sweet Potatoes
  1. Add washed potatoes to slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Asian BBQ Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together except for the sesame oil. Add 2/3 of the sauce to shredded pork. Save the remainder for topping.
  2. Split top of sweet potato with a knife. Stuff with pulled pork.
  3. Right before serving add the sesame oil to the BBQ Sauce that is left and pour over stuffed potatoes. Garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Pork
  1. For the pork in an oven proof stockpot add chopped onion and garlic then brown in 2 Tbs oil once softened add the pork to brown on all sides. Then add salt & pepper to your liking and one bottle of beer.
  2. Take off heat and put in a 350 degree oven. Cook for 1 hour. Take out of oven then add 1 cup water. Put back into the oven to finish cooking for another 1-1 1/4 hours.

‘Celebrate with 8’ for National Drink Beer Day

Sit back and relax.  Grab a cold one.
It’s time to ‘Celebrate with 8’ for National Drink Beer Day!

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Try these Beer Infused Bavarian Soft Pretzels with Jalapeno Cheddar Dip from Baking Sense.  Warm soft pretzels are a perfect partner with a nice cold beer.

Beer Infused Bavarian Soft Pretzels with Jalapeno Cheddar Dip from Baking Sense
Shake up your upcoming Octoberfest with this German Brat Salad with Beer-Horseradish Vinaigrette from A Day in the Life on the Farm.  Spicy beer infused dressing over a delicious salad, yum!

German Brat Salad with Beer-Horseradish Vinaigrette from A Day in the Life on the Farm You can drink beer with me every Friday Night for Mitten Movie Night!  Check out my recipes & pairings that I offer up every Friday on the blog.

Bacon Shells & Cheese paired with Lagunitas~A delicious meal loaded with bacon, vegetables and shell pasta. Italian & Parmesan cheese add a creamy finish. Perfect quick meal for a cozy night in.

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Portobello Mushroom Burger paired with Lost Dune from New Holland Brewing~Juicy marinated mushrooms meld together with peppers, onions & mozzarella cheese. Basil mayonnaise finishes off this burger perfectly.

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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce paired with Bell’s Oberon~A sweet & savory combination on a homemade pizza crust. While this has a long and fancy name trust me it comes together quickly with the use of rotisserie chicken.

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Four B’s Tostadas paired with Sam Adam’s Octoberfest~Crunchy tostadas get the 4 B’s treatment: beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce then cooling it down a little with some creamy ranch dressing. A bold combination packed with tons of flavor.

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Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles paired with Dirty Blonde from Atwater Brewery~Loaded Green Hatch Chiles with a cream cheese and chicken stuffing baked to perfection.

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I’ve said it before and I will say this again…..

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Invite some friends over.  Get a 6 pack to share.  Celebrate.

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Four B’s Tostadas

Four B’s Tostadas has crunchy tortillas getting the 4 B’s treatment: beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce then cooling it down a little with some creamy ranch dressing.  A bold combination packed with tons of flavor.

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Tonight for Mitten Movie Night we’re getting spicy.

What beer pairs well with spicy tostadas?

The beer: Sam Adam’s Octoberfest.

When researching what pairs well with Octoberfest I came across a great article from Serious Eats Beer Pairings: What to Eat with Oktoberfest BeersIt says that going ‘South of the Border’ is totally acceptable.

What movie pairs well with Four B’s Tostadas and Octoberfest?

For the movie, we are watching The Nice Guys. Ryan Gosling?  Yes please!

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How to make Four B’s Tostadas:

On the stove add ground beef, garlic powder, chili powder, seasoning salt and cumin.  Cook beef all the way through.

Add your refried beans to a microwave safe dish and heat for 3 minutes to warm them up.  Once your beef and beans are cooked it’s time to make the tostadas.

In a small pan add oil for frying.  Heat the oil up for 2-3 minutes.  When oil is heated use tongs to add tortillas into the pan.

Fry one tortilla at a time for 2 minutes each side. Set up a plate with paper towels next to the pan to put the tostadas on once they are cooked.

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When the tortillas are all cooked it’s as simple as setting up an assembly line.  Take the crispy (oh so good!) tostadas top with beans, seasoned beef, blue cheese and then drizzle with buffalo sauce and ranch to cool it off just a touch.

You could always take this fiesta up a few notches and use my Double Batch Smashed Beans or homemade rice for this meal.

Serve with tomatoes, green olives, lettuce, sour cream and a rice dish on the side.

And here you are…..

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Originally published in September of 2016. Updated post in March of 2019. 

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Four B's Tostadas-beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Four B's Tostadas
Beef, beans, blue cheese & buffalo sauce on top of crunchy tortillas make this Four B's Tostadas a bold combination packed with tons of flavor.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. On the stove add ground beef, garlic powder, chili powder, seasoning salt and cumin. Cook beef all the way through.
  2. Add your refried beans to a microwave safe dish and heat for 3 minutes to warm them up.
  3. In a small pan add oil for frying. Heat the oil up for 2-3 minutes. When oil is heated use tongs to add tortillas into the pan. Fry one tortilla at a time for 2 minutes each side. Set up a plate with paper towels next to the pan to put the tostadas on once they are cook.
  4. Assemble the tostadas with beans, seasoned beef, blue cheese and then drizzle with buffalo sauce and ranch.
  5. Serve with tomatoes, green olives, lettuce, sour cream and a rice dish on the side

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce

This easy White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce is a great combination of sweet and savory.  Perfect for when you’re looking for something different on pizza night!

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

It’s time for Mitten Movie Night!  I’m serving up a creamy, cheesy white chicken pizza with an added sweet twist on top and enjoying one of my favorite Michigan Craft Beers.  This pizza makes perfect use of summer grown basil, I know my plant is bursting.

It’s a sweet & savory combination on a homemade pizza crust.  While this has a long and fancy name trust me it didn’t take long at all.  Best of all it is delicious!

What movie pairs well with craft beer and a white pizza?

We are watching Joy.  Jennifer Lawrence kind of rocks, right?

What beer pairs well with White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce?

The beer: Oberon from Bell’s Brewery

If you are even remotely close to Kalamazoo, Michigan it is a must-visit for any craft beer lover.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce | Bottom Left of the Mitten

How to make homemade pizza crust:

Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  See photo below in the collage to make sure yours has the same consistency. 

Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  I do not have a fancy mixer (I want one so bad!) so I had to just hand mix this.  Start by stirring with a spatula then complete by hand.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once it is all combined flip out of the bowl onto a floured surface.  Cover with a towel and let sit for 5 minutes.

Uncover and roll your dough out to the size of your pan.  Once the dough is on the pan place in the oven at 450 degrees for 12-14 minutes.

How to make White Chicken Pizza:

While the pizza crust is doing its first bake through cut up 1/2 an onion and shred up your chicken if it isn’t already.  We get rotisserie chickens from Costco so I cut off about half the chicken to use. 

In a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add your onions and chicken.  Saute until onions are soft (this will just heat your chicken up since it’s already cooked) around 5 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

When the pizza crust has cooked for 12-14 minutes take it out of the oven and assemble the rest of the ingredients on the top of it.  Ricotta cheese, chicken & onions then the Italian Shredded cheese.

Place back into the oven for another 15 minutes.

White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

How to make Basil & Blackberry Sauce:

About 5 minutes before your pizza is out of the oven, add the blackberry preserves and 3 Tbs water to a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil letting the preserves breakdown to create a sauce.

Once the pizza is cooked right before serving sprinkle some chopped basil and blackberry sauce on top.

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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce
A sweet & savory combination on a homemade crust. White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce is creamy & cheesy perfection!
White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pizza Crust
White Pizza Toppings
Blackberry Sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pizza Crust
White Pizza Toppings
Blackberry Sauce
White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Pizza Crust
  1. Start with the crust. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. See photo above in the collage to make sure yours has the same consistency.
  2. Add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Start by stirring with a spatula then complete by hand. Once it is all combined flip out of bowl onto a floured surface.
  3. Cover with towel and let sit for 5 minutes. Uncover and roll your dough out to the size of your pan.
  4. Once the dough is on the pan place in the oven at 450 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
White Pizza Toppings
  1. While the pizza crust is doing it's first bake through cut up 1/2 an onion and shred up your chicken if it isn't already. In a pan heat up 1/2 Tbs butter, 1/2 Tbs olive oil and add your onions and chicken. Saute until onions are soft around 5 minutes.
  2. Once your pizza crust has cooked for 12-14 minutes take it out of the oven and assemble the rest of the ingredients on the top of it. Ricotta cheese, chicken & onions then the Italian Shredded cheese. Place back into over for another 15 minutes.
  3. Right before serving sprinkle some chopped basil and blackberry sauce on top.
Blackberry Sauce
  1. About 5 minutes before your pizza is out of the oven add the blackberry preserves and 3 Tbs water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil letting the preserves breakdown to create a sauce.

‘Celebrate with 8’ for National Beer Day

‘Celebrate with 8’ for National Beer Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

‘Celebrate with 8’ is a weekly feature here at Bottom Left of the Mitten – learn more here.

I think this might be a favorite holiday of mine and do you blame me?
We honestly live in the best State to LOVE Craft Beer ~ Michigan.
So let’s ‘Celebrate with 8’ for National Beer Day!

Garlic Bacon Beer Macaroni and Cheese from Erica’s Recipes is where decadence meets amazing.

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Not only is this Drink Local Michigan Tee an awesome shirt from the Michigan Etsy store, UncomfortableYeti, it’s a great conversational piece.  When someone asks you can point to all the breweries you’ve been to in this great State!

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Oh goodness!  The name says it all Bacon, Beer and Potato Chip Cookie Bars from Life, Love & Sugar.  I don’t need to explain anymore. Just make them.

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With the Election upon us….do you think our current Politicians should listen to this advice?

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Please feel free to print this out. Click on the photo to take you to the download .

Why not try brewing your own beer?  This is the set that my husband got started with when he home brewed.

Home Brew Kit for 'Celebrate for 8' National Beer Drinking Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Beer.  Cheese.  Did you hear me?  Beer. Cheese.  Then let me add….Sliders…..Oh yeah, now we’re talking.  These Beer Cheese Chicken Pretzel Sliders from Buns In My Oven are everything and more.

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If you’re a crafter & a beer drinker I know you’ve got about 500 bottle caps stored for the ‘perfect’ project.  Common Life Into ART has one for you.  This Bottle Cap Chime is perfect for Summer.

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And finally for #NationalBeerDay I will share my FAVORITE Brewery in Southwestern Michigan.  Arclight Brewing Company in Watervliet, Michigan.

‘Celebrate with 8’ for National Beer Day | Bottom Left of the Mitten

While craft beer is synonymous with amazing sandwiches & pub chips at this brewery you have to either bring your own food, order from local restaurants or they offer a food truck occasionally.  I’m still okay with that.  My husband and I went after visiting his friend in the area on a Saturday night.  The place was not crowded but busy.  Casual picnic tables, kids running around (they also handcraft their own sodas) or playing board games, funky music. They even had a movie projecting up on the back wall.  We went in the middle of Winter and I cannot wait to get back there to sit on the patio.  What I immediately thought when I left was….the perfect setting with the perfect beer.

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.~Benjamin Franklin. Celebrate.

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