>> Thursday, August 27, 2009
Jeff King asked: what is your favorite dinner recipe?
Lasagne. Hands down. I love it, especially how my husband makes it.
Thing is, of course, I don't have the recipe, because my husband is the one doing it and neither of us are recipe users, so, if you were hoping to get one, you're out of luck.
I know he makes a wonderful sauce with crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, Italian spices, pepperoni, green and black olives, baby portabella mushrooms and a bit of red wine and some sausage (no sage). Sometimes he'll add some ground beef. He would probably put onions in but I don't like them. The meat is cooked and then tossed in with everything else then steeped, usually for four or more hours. A good sauce makes a good lasagne.
Then, he puts it all together with mozerella, parmesan, and cheddar cheese (yes cheddar) and cottage cheese (rather than ricotta). Sharp cheddar has strong flavor and adds kick. Lee grates a lot of cheese and, last time, added some smoked cheddar and Gouda that gave it a nice flavor. Layering in a standard way.
Then, he bakes it until it's all bubbly and the top has a lovely browned look. Makes bunches of delicious nummyness. (By the way, that's a picture of "a" lasagne, but not Lee's - tonight he made a wonderful spaghetti and meatball).