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.

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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.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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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.

Roast Beef Sandwich

Say goodbye to boring pieces of bread with uninspiring meats on them!  This Roast Beef Sandwich has tender roast beef, bacon, onions and mushrooms loaded on top of a soft loaf of Italian bread.  Don’t forget the chunky blue cheese spread!

Roast Beef Sandwich layed out and ready to eat with toppings and a craft beer off to the side.

Well, it’s official. This Mitten Movie Night marks 1 month until….my birthday! In honor of the downward slide and creeping closer to the middle of 40, I figured I would treat myself to one of my favorite food groups-sandwiches.  There is nothing better than a BIG sandwich that you can sink your teeth into and just enjoy. The best thing about sandwiches is that almost anything goes and that goes for this roast beef sandwich that’s anything but average.

When I was thinking of what type of sandwich to make I decided to make it like a big sub sandwich.  Growing up, my mom would make sub sandwiches in the summer and it was always a special treat.  While I was at it I thought some bacon would be really good with this too.  Then finally, let’s slather a blue cheese sauce on it.

A roast beef sandwich.

What movie pairs well with a roast beef sandwich and beer?

For the movie recommendation, I HIGHLY suggest Father of the Year. Who doesn’t love Adam Sandler movies?  David Spade returns to a little bit of Joe Dirt character which made this movie too funny! So now on to the roast beef sandwich recipe.

What beer pairs well with a roast beef sandwich?

The beer: Pooltime Ale from Bell’s Brewing.

The beefy concoction will pair perfectly with this refreshing summer brew.  This beer is slightly tart from the cherries which make a perfect contrast to all the beef and tangy blue cheese in this.  I may even say that I hit this combination out of the park!

How to make this Roast Beef Sandwich:

First, start by cooking the bacon.  I like bacon very crisp so I cooked it for about 6 minutes then turn and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.

Take the loaf of bread and cut it in half.  Spread with butter and place face down on a cookie sheet.

Put into a preheated 350-degree oven and let it toast up for about 5-8 minutes.

Steps and ingredients of how to make a Roast Beef Sandwich.

Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and put on a plate with paper towels to allow it to drain.  Remove all the grease in the pan from the bacon reserving about 1-2 tsp.

Add 1 Tbs of butter to that (this is not very diet friendly if you can’t tell) then add the sliced mushrooms and onions.

Let those cook down for about 5 minutes.  Then add the roast beef.

While those cook flip the bread over and spread the cheese equally on each side.  Put back into the oven and let the cheese melt, around 5 minutes.

Make the sauce by mixing the blue cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish sauce together.

Crumble the bacon and add to the cooked roast beef.  Take the bread out of the oven then pile it high onto one side of the bread then top off with the other.

Cut into 6 pieces then serve.  Let others add lettuce, tomatoes, and the blue cheese mixture as they like.

And here you are…..

Roast Beef Sandwich layed out and ready to eat with toppings and a craft beer off to the side.

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Roast Beef Sandwich
This is not your average Roast Beef Sandwich. It's a big, bold sandwich filled with roast beef, mushrooms, onions, and bacon. Slather with a blue cheese spread for the ultimate in sandwiches.
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Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the bacon. Cook for about 6 minutes then turn and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.
  2. Take the loaf of bread and cut it in half. Spread with butter and place face down on a cookie sheet. Put into a preheated 350-degree oven and let it toast up for about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and put on a plate with paper towels to allow it to drain. Remove all the grease in the pan from the bacon reserving about 1-2 tsp.
  4. Add 1 Tbs of butter to that then add the sliced mushrooms and onions. Let those cook down for about 5 minutes. Then add the roast beef.
  5. While those cook flip the bread over and spread the cheese equally on each side. Put back into the oven and let the cheese melt, around 5 minutes.
  6. Now make the sauce which is just mixing the blue cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish sauce together.
  7. Crumble the bacon and add to the cooked roast beef.
  8. Take the bread out of the oven then pile it high onto one side of the bread then top off with the other. Cut into 6 pieces then serve. Let others add lettuce, tomatoes, and the blue cheese mixture as they like. Enjoy!

Thick Crust Sausage Pizza

Thick doughy crust sets the stage for spaghetti sauce, Italian sausage mushrooms, and onions. This Thick Crust Sausage Pizza is perfect for a fuss-free pizza night.

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Got no plans this weekend? Long weekends that called for being lazy and cooking some of my favorites like this Thick Crust Sausage Pizza made with Michigan’s Own Jiffy Mix Pizza Crust.

How does Mitten Movie Night work?

I’ve decided in 2018 to do Mitten Movie Night a little differently.  Usually what I’ve been doing is talking about movies we plan on seeing that night.  I decided that really didn’t make much sense since how can I give an honest review if I haven’t seen them yet?  Think of this now as a movie review night + good food + great beer.

What movie pairs well with a slice of pizza?

First up was one of my favorites from our movie nights.  Most people know Anne Hathaway as the Princess Diaries and a million other rom-com’s but in between, she was also in this weird but interesting sci-fi/comedy, Colossal.

I will say if you look this up online it didn’t get really great ratings and I don’t think it lasted long in theaters but if your looking for out of the box thinking, dark and brooding comedy then you will be in for a treat.  Thick Crust Sausage Pizza | Bottom Left of the Mitten

What craft beer pairs well with thick crust pizza topped with sausage?

The beer: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

If you love Bell’s beer don’t forget that right now is the yearly release of Hopslam.  My husband looks forward to it every year and I know he is now alone.  Now on to the pizza recipe!

How to make Thick Crust Sausage Pizza:

To start the pizza, combine two boxes of Jiffy Pizza Crust with 1 cup warm water into a bowl.  Stir to combine until there are no clumps then place a towel over the bowl and let rise 10 minutes.

While the crust rises in a pan over medium-high heat cook the sausage.  Breaking it up as it cooks into small bite-size pieces.  Halfway through add chopped onions and the can of mushrooms.

I find when you use fresh mushrooms for this pizza they get soggy and make the sausage slimy.  Using canned mushrooms helped with this problem but if you do wish to use fresh cook them separate from the sausage and then add as a separate topping. 

Cook sausage completely through then set aside until the dough has risen.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a 9″x13″ cookie sheet (make sure it has an edge to it).

Flour your hands a bit and take the dough out of the bowl and form to the sheet.  Push the dough all the way to the edge and then up the sides a bit.

Take prepared sauce and top crust with it pushing to all sides.  Top off with the sausage and mushrooms.  Then add the shredded cheese.

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The last step I do when making this pizza is just for my preference but I really think that it makes a delicious difference in the overall taste of this pizza.  Over the top of the cheese sprinkle 1/2 Tbs garlic powder then 1/2 Tbs Italian seasoning.  Put into the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.

Cut into 12 pieces and here you are…..

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Thick Crust Sausage Pizza
Thick doughy crust sets the stage for sauce, sausage, mushrooms, and onions. This Thick Crust Sausage Pizza makes for a perfect fuss-free pizza night.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Instructions
  1. To start the pizza combine two boxes of Jiffy Pizza Crust with 1 cup warm water into a bowl. Stir to combine until there are no clumps then place a towel over the bowl and let rise 10 minutes.
  2. While the crust rises in a pan over medium high heat cook the sausage. Breaking it up as it cooks into small bite size pieces. Halfway through add chopped onions and the can of mushrooms. Cook sausage completely through then set aside until the dough has risen.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a 9"x13" cookie sheet (make sure it has an edge to it). Flour your hands a bit and take the dough out of the bowl and form to the sheet. Push the dough all the way to the edge and then up the sides a bit.
  4. Take prepared sauce and top crust with it pushing to all sides. Top off with the sausage and mushrooms. Then add the shredded cheese.
  5. Optional: Over the top of the cheese sprinkle 1/2 Tbs garlic powder then 1/2 Tbs Italian seasoning.
  6. Cook in preheated oven 20 minutes.
  7. Cut into 12 pieces. Enjoy!

Beef Ragu

Slow cooking this Beef Ragu on low makes it so the beef falls apart at forks touch.  While it cooks a rich tomato gravy comes together so you have barely any work to do once it comes out of the oven.

Beef Ragu and tomato gravy over mashed potatoes with rolls on the side ready to eat.

Tonight is our local Christmas parade.  It’s the one thing that I refuse to miss so this Mitten Movie Night will be played out on the streets of our little town.

The holiday parade in our little town reminds me of every small town in almost every Christmas movie I’ve ever seen.  The town crier comes out to start and ends with the most authentic Santa and in between the floats filled with people you do business with or have grown up with pretty much your whole life.  It always makes me feel like I live in one of the most special places around.

So tonight we will fill out bellies up with this delicious dinner then head off to see over 100 floats–let’s just say it doesn’t go quickly.  Then once we get home it will be time for some Holiday ‘Cheer’.

What beer pairs well with a Christmas Parade?

The beer: Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery.

We picked up mini kegs of this Christmas Ale at Costco last week.  Perfect for sharing with guests who are visiting after the parade.

Beef Ragu and tomato gravy over mashed potatoes with rolls on the side ready to eat.

How to make Beef Ragu:

To start remove any extra fat on the eye of round roast.  When I first started making this I didn’t remove the fat and it would make the sauce very oily.  The roast still stays very tender.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your racks are placed so you can add the large pot or dutch oven since you will cook this all in one pot.

In a large pot or dutch oven heat 2 Tbs oil.  Salt and pepper each side then add to the pot.  Sear each side to trap in the juices for 2-3 minutes.

Remove the beef and put on a plate.

There will still be some oil in the pan to that add the onion and garlic.  Sautee for 2-3 minutes.  To the onions now add the wine, beef stock, and tomato paste.  Stir to combine all the liquids together and cook down the tomato sauce so there are no more clumps.  Add the beef back into the pan.  Finally, add the carrots.

Eye of round roast in a pot with carrots and a tomato gravy.

Place a top over the pot and into the oven this goes for 3 hours.  Check the roast at 2 to 2-1/2 hours to make sure that there is still liquid in the pot.

When this comes out of the oven you should have a sauce that while thick, it will still have a little ‘give’ to it.  Take the roast out of the sauce and shred or slice it as you like. Add the meat back into the sauce and combine.

This beef is very versatile so boil some noodles or whip up some mashed potatoes.  I made some yellow-skinned mashed potatoes because they are a major food group in my life.

Ladle the sauce and beef over the top.

Tips & Variations for Beef Ragu:

  • If you prefer to leave the fat on the roast, skim the sauce of fat once it is done the cooking.
  • Depending on the varying temperatures of oven you may have to add a little more beef stock so it does not dry out.  Try adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.

Bake up some fluffy rolls and here you are….

Beef Ragu and tomato gravy over mashed potatoes with rolls on the side ready to eat.

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Beef Ragu
Slow cooked in the oven for 3 hours leaves this Beef Ragu so tender it falls apart. Wine and tomato paste help make a rich sauce. A delicious and hearty Winter meal.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your racks are placed so you can add the large pot or dutch oven since you will cook this all in one pot.
  2. Remove any extra fat on the eye of round roast.
  3. In a large pot or dutch oven heat 2 Tbs oil. Salt and pepper each side then add to the pot. Sear each side to trap in the juices for 2-3 minutes. Remove the beef and put on a plate.
  4. In the same pot add the onion and garlic. Sautee for 2-3 minutes. To the onions now add the wine, beef stock and tomato paste. Stir to combine all the liquids together and cook down the tomato sauce so there are no more clumps.
  5. Add the beef back into the pan. Finally add the carrots.
  6. Place a top over the pot and into the oven this goes for 3 hours. Check the roast at 2 to 2-1/2 hours to make sure that there is still liquid in the pot. Adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.
  7. Take the roast out of the sauce and shred or slice it as you like. Add the meat back into the sauce and combine. Serve with noodles or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips & Variations for Beef Ragu:

  • If you prefer to leave the fat on the roast, skim the sauce of fat once it is done the cooking.
  • Depending on the varying temperatures of oven you may have to add a little more beef stock so it does not dry out.  Try adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.

Beef Tips and Gravy

We are getting ready to settle in for the long Winter.  That means it’s time for some classic comfort food, Beef Tips and Gravy.  Low and slow is the name of the game so these beef tips come out tender. The gravy doesn’t get too thick which is perfect to use to soak into the noodles and dip bread into it.

Beef Tips and Gravy in a bowl with bread off to the side ready to eat.

We had our first dusting of snow last night.  So for this Mitten Movie Night I am ready for the colder weather, snuggling up in front of the fireplace and a big blanket.

What movie pairs well with a hearty beef and noodle recipe and beer?

This is our first holiday in the new house.  While I’m excited to start decorating the new house, I am feeling almost a little ‘homesick’.  We lived in our old house for 15 years.  That’s 15 Thanksgivings, Christmases and New Years.  Two babies came home to have their first visits with Santa there.  So many wonderful memories but now it’s time to focus on the new memories here.

However, I can still stick with tradition and enjoy a few things that we do every year and one of them is watching Scrooged.  Hands down one of my favorite holiday movies.

What beer pairs well with Beef Tips and Gravy?

The beer: The Double Magician from Short’s Brewing.

The malty, caramel flavors in Red Ales pair well with the noodles and the savory beef gravy.

Beef Tips and Gravy in a bowl with bread and a craft beer off to the side ready to eat.

This recipe is one that I’ve been making since before Pinterest was invented.  I did find it online and then printed it out but I’ve been making it so long that I threw it out.  Luckily I think that I found it on Taste of Home and pretty sure this is it!

First off, know that this recipe is time intensive.  If your hanging out at home on a Sunday this is the perfect meal for you.  I have tried cutting down on the time this simmers and it never comes out nearly as good as when I let it go the whole 1-1/2 hours.  So be warned.

How to make Beef Tips and Gravy:

Start by browning the beef tips into a medium saucepan in some oil.  This is just to brown it no need to cook all the way through.

In a measuring cup put 1 cup water, soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce.  Stir it then add to the beef tips.  Turn the heat to low then cover.

Let cook for 1-1/2 hours making sure to check every 30 minutes.

Beef tips browning in a pan on the stove.

During the last 20 minutes in a separate pot cook the noodles according to package directions.

Cook for 12-14 minutes then empty into a strainer. Turn the low simmering beef tips up to high.

In a bowl add the other cup of water and the package of brown gravy.  Stir to combine and add to the beef tips.  Let cook and thicken up just a little while you do the next part.

In the pot that the noodles cooked add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it.

Then add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic and saute until the mushrooms are cooked down.  It should take about 8 minutes.

Finally to this pot add the beef tips and gravy then the noodles.

Stir everything to combine.

Tips for making Beef Tips and Gravy:

  • For the noodles: bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they don’t stick together. 
  • Make sure to check on the beef tips every 30 minutes as they cook.  If you have the heat too high it will cook off the liquid then you might burn your tips–oh no!

Add a side of bread and a vegetable and here you are….

Beef Tips and Gravy in a bowl and on a plate with bread and a craft beer off to the side ready to eat.

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These beef tips and gravy cook low and slow so they come out tender. Serve over noodles for a stick to the ribs dinner, perfect for the colder weather.
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  1. Brown the beef tips into a medium saucepan in some oil. This is just to brown it no need to cook all the way through.
  2. In a measuring cup put 1 cup water, soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir it then add to the beef tips.
  3. Turn the heat to low then cover. Let cook for 1-1/2 hours making sure to check every 30 minutes.
  4. During the last 20 minutes in a separate pot cook the noodles according to package directions. Bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they stick together. Cook for 12-14 minutes then empty into a strainer.
  5. Turn the low simmering beef tips up to high. In a bowl add the other cup of water and the package of brown gravy. Stir to combine and add to the beef tips. Let cook and thicken up while you do the next part.
  6. In the pot that the noodles cooked add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it. Then add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and sautee until the mushrooms are cooked down. It should take about 8 minutes.
  7. Finally to this pot add the beef tips and gravy then the noodles.
  8. Add a side of bread and a vegetable. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips for making Beef Tips and Gravy:

  • For the noodles: bring the water to a boil before adding to the pot it cooks the noodles better and they don't stick together. 
  • Make sure to check on the beef tips every 30 minutes as they cook.  If you have the heat too high it will cook off the liquid then you might burn your tips--oh no!

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

Want a ‘mostly’ homemade pizza that is full of flavor?  Wonder what to do with extra pork that you have from a previous dinner?  Have extra BBQ Sauce you want to find something to make with?  Then this BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza is the recipe for you.

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with a piece cut out and ready to eat.

What movie pairs well with a saucy homemade pizza recipe and beer?

For this Mitten Movie Night we are watching The House.  This movie has TWO of my favorite actors, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.  While I’m a bigger fan of Ferrell’s earlier work (Anchorman, etc.) I cannot NOT watch a movie he is in.  No way, no how.

What beer pairs well with BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza?

The beer: Tasmanian Hatter from New Holland Brewing.

This IPA was made for rich BBQ sauce on top of tender pork and gooey cheese.

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza slice dipped in ranch with a craft beer off to the side.

While I do like to make my own pizza crust sometimes when you have ingredients that are already fixed why not just go all in and grab a roll of pre-made crust from the store?  There is no reason so that is what I did.

How to make BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

On a pan put parchment paper and spray some non-stick olive oil on it. Lay out the crust then using a rolling pin roll it out so it reaches each edge.

Top the crust with BBQ Sauce.  For this I used my very own Best BBQ Sauce which is a vinegar/Memphis style.

Next layer the shredded Parmesan cheese, pulled pork, chopped red onions and then the shredded mozzarella.

Sprinkle with oregano to make it pretty.

Pizza crust on cookie sheet and ingredients of BBQ pulled pork pizza.
Bake in the oven for 22 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Slice it up into 15 pieces

How to make a BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza EVEN BETTER!

I happened to have a cup of bacon jam left over from my PB&J Burger so I put 4 heaping spoonfuls on top  of the mozzarella.  If you do not have bacon jam you could easily add crumbled bacon to the top for that extra level of smoky flavor.

Then just for fun, let’s dip it into some ranch!

And here you are……

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza on a sheet pan with a craft beer off to the side.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza has smoky BBQ sauce, tender pulled pork, melty cheese, red onions then topped with bacon jam. The perfect mostly homemade pizza.
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Cook Time 22 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a pan put parchment paper and spray some non-stick olive oil on it. Lay out the crust then using a rolling pin roll it out so it reaches each edge.
  3. Top the crust with BBQ Sauce. Next layer the shredded Parmesan cheese, pulled pork, chopped red onions and then the shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle with oregano.
  4. Add bacon jam or crumbled bacon if you like, it's optional.
  5. Bake in the oven for 22 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Slice it up into 15 pieces. Enjoy!

Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch

These Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch are extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Slather with ranch dressing for another level of deliciousness!

Cheesy Turkey Burgers on a plate with ranch and a craft beer off to the side.

Can you believe we are heading into the end of August already?  By now I am ready for it.  Not only are the kids heading back to school but it also is the beginning of Fall which is hands down my favorite time of year.  And what better way to kick it off?  By celebrating my birthday!

So this Mitten Movie Night I am kicking off my birthday weekend (yes I said weekend!) with a burger that I came up with over the Summer, a cheesy turkey burger smothered in ranch.

What beer pairs well with Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch?

The beer: Beach Cruiser from Latitude 42.

This week we are actually planning on taking our projector outside by the pool and watch a movie.  We’ve been wanting to do it but have had to wait for it to get darker earlier.  Finally, I think we’re good to go out around 9 pm but the weather has been cooler here so we will see how long it lasts.

A Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch with a big bite take out of it and a craft beer off to the side.

How to make Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch:

For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.  I love to cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet but a regular skillet will work just as well.  Add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together.

Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.  Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes.  Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.

Ground turkey, cheese and seasonings in a bowl.

Recently I made these Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwiches from Yellow Bliss Road.  The dressing was so good!  The secret ingredient I think was dill pickle juice in it.

Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch, and pickle juice.

Ranch dip ingredients with a bowl of ranch dip mixed next to it.

Since the burgers are so crispy I did not toast the buns like I normally love to do.

Slice up some lettuce and tomato then add pickles.  Slather on the ranch.

And here you are….

Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch on a plate with a craft beer off to the side.

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

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Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch
Cheesy Turkey Burger with Ranch makes the most flavorful burger ever. Cook these until extra crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Serve with ranch.
Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
burgers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
burgers
Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Ranch | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. For the burger mix everything together in a bowl and make 4 patties.
  2. In a cast iron or regular skillet add the oil and butter to the pan on medium heat and get it melted together. Once the pan is well and heated place in burgers making sure not to let them touch.
  3. Cook 5 minutes then flip and cook another 5 minutes. Ten minutes should do the check but as always check to make sure it is cooked thoroughly through.
  4. for the homemade ranch combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, ranch powder and pickle juice.
  5. Add burger to a bun. Slice up some lettuce and tomato. Slather on the ranch. Enjoy!

Smoked Sausage Sandwich

This Smoked Sausage Sandwich is easy to make and so delicious! Grilled sausage, sauteed peppers, tomato sauce on top of a soft bun makes this a hearty sandwich.

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

What beer pairs well with Smoke Sausage Sandwiches?

The beer: 400 Divine Rabbits from a local favorite Greenbush Brewing Co.

Greenbush is a great stop if you hit the beach or the casino in New Buffalo.

What TV show pairs well with an easy recipe and cold craft beer?

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.

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How do I find an amazing realtor team in Southwestern Michigan?

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 everyone 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.

How to make Smoked Sausage Sandwiches:

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 got 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.

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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 a plate, add split smoked sausage, layer on the veggies then top with sauce.

And here you are…..

Smoked Sausage Sandwich | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Smoked Sausage Sandwich
Smoked Sausage Sandwich 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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
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!

Cast Iron Onion Burgers

These Cast Iron Onion Burgers are so juicy! Topped with melted cheese, horseradish sauce and onions, this is one burger recipe you won’t want to miss.

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One of my earliest memories involved a burger and a pretty funny story from my childhood.  My Dad loves to cook on the grill.  One day he made burgers and I did not like it so I fed it to…my dog.  Needless to say, he was not happy. I should have felt bad but the dog looked so happy so I think I remember it being worth it.

As an adult though I am a HUGE burger lover.  This includes one that I make in my new favorite kitchen essential, the cast iron pan.  That’s why I call these cast iron onion burgers.

What TV shows on Netflix pair well with a juicy burger recipe?

This Mitten Movie Night is kicking off Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

What beer pairs well with burgers?

The beer:  Hoptronix from New Holland.

Do you agree that hops go with everything?  I think my husband would because they are his favorite types of beer.

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How to make Cast Iron Onion Burgers:

Let’s start with the patties.  Take the ground hamburger and add Worcestershire Sauce, A1 Sauce, salt and pepper and mix.  Form into 4 burgers.

Shake the dry rub on top, this makes a nice little flavor crust when cooked in the cast iron skillet.

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Place the cast iron skillet on the stove top and heat on medium/high for 3-4 minutes to get it good and hot.

Add oil to the pan.

Place onions let sizzle for a few seconds then place burger on top.  To cook the burger as evenly as possible cover with a lid. 

Cook 8 minutes, that was the ‘sweet spot’ on medium heat for these cast iron onion burgers.

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Now flip over the burger so the onions are on top.  Cook 6 minutes.  Add cheese then cover again and cook an additional 2-3 minutes to melt.

Check the center for the desired coloring.  I like my burgers cooked all the way through so the times stated above are what I used.  Please Note: Check your pan and stove directions to make sure that you do not consume undercooked meat.  

For any burger or sandwich, a toasted bun is a must!  Take the buns and smother in some butter and cook on a sheet pan for around 5 minutes.

Now it’s sauce time!  I just whipped together mayonnaise and horseradish sauce.

Top the toasted bun with the burger.  Smother as much as you like the sauce on the bun.

And here you are…..

Cast Iron Onion Burgers | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Cast Iron Onion Burgers
These Cast Iron Onion Burgers are so juicy! Topped with melted cheese, horseradish sauce and onions, this is one burger recipe you won't want to miss.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Burger
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
burgers
Ingredients
Cast Iron Onion Burgers | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take the ground hamburger and add Worcestershire Sauce, A1 Sauce, salt and pepper and mix. Form into 4 patties. Shake the dry rub on top.
  2. Place the cast iron skillet on the stove top and heat on medium/high for 3-4 minutes to get it good and hot.
  3. Add oil to the pan. Place onions let sizzle for a few seconds then place burger on top.
  4. To cook the burger as evenly as possible cover with a lid. Cook 8 minutes, that was the 'sweet spot' on medium heat.
  5. Flip over so the onions are on top. Cook 6 minutes. Add cheese then cover again and cook an additional 2-3 minutes to melt.
  6. Take the buns and smother in some butter and cook on a sheet pan for around 5 minutes.
  7. Whip together mayonnaise and horseradish sauce. Top the toasted bun with the burger. Smother as much as you like of the sauce on the bun. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Popper Chicken with Cajun Potatoes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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