Saturday, January 17, 2009

Garfield's Favorite Food

The weather has turned cold and windy and snowy so I've been making good, hearty dishes that will keep us warm. Today's post is lacking a photo of the finished product since I was pressed for time and couldn't get a piece out without making a mess everywhere. But there are photos of Garfield's favorite food being made. I'll also note that I used boxed lasagna noodles this time, but I usually make it from my own homemade pasta.

1 pound ground turkey
1 pound spicy sausage meat
1/2 medium-sized onion, diced
1 can (28 fl oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (5.5 fl oz) tomato paste
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped

6 strips of lasagna noodles
1 ball of mozzarella cheese, finely sliced or grated

  • If using boxed noodles, boil water and pour it over the noodles to soften. If using fresh pasta, skip this step.
  • In a skillet, cook the ground turkey, sausage meat and onions together over medium heat. Once the meat has browned, drain off the excess liquid.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and basil and mix in well. Allow it to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To assemble lasagna, cover the bottom of a casserole dish with a very thin layer of sauce to prevent the noodles from sticking. Then place 3 strips of the pasta on top of the sauce.

  • Then cover the pasta with half of the meat sauce.

  • Cover the meat sauce with the cheese slices or grated cheese.
  • Then cover the cheese layer with another layer of pasta followed by meat sauce and topped with cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until cheese has melted and the lasagna is bubbly.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Stuffed Pork Rib Roast

Ever get tired of eating the same kind of food over and over and over again? That's how we've been feeling lately since we've been having to eat meals that are quick and easy to prepare. We finally had a bit of time on our side and thought we'd try something a little different. We browsed the shelves at the grocery store and finally decided that we would make our own recipe. We chose to make a pork roast, marinated and stuffed with delicious flavors and roasted to perfection. Here's the recipe that we created together:

1 2-pound pork rib roast

3/4 cup white wine (you can use red if you prefer it)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons peri peri rub (you can use any spicy rub that you have on hand)

1/2 pound spicy sausage meat
2 tablespoons diced onion
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped (you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried sage)
1/2 Granny Smith apple, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
(In retrospect, it would've been good to add a slice or two of bread to the stuffing. Just chop it up finely and toss it in.)

Here's Riley making sure that I have the right ingredients for the marinade.

These are the ingredients for the stuffing.

  • In a large plastic zipper bag (like Ziploc), pour the wine, olive oil and spice rub in and swish it around to combine. Then put the pork roast in and massage it to help the marinade penetrate. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight if you can, turning once or twice to ensure that it is evenly marinaded.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients for the stuffing. If you don't add the bread, it will look like the picture below, but I highly recommend adding the bread otherwise you'll end up with a big clump of meat inside the roast. It still tastes good, but the texture isn't quite right for a stuffing.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • With a sharp, pointed knife, carefully make an incision in the centre of the roast to make a pocket to fit the stuffing.
  • Insert the stuffing into the pork roast, packing it tightly. Place the pork on top of a rack inside a roasting pan. Cook in the preheated oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature is 160 degrees F.
  • When the roast is cooked, remove it from the oven and cover with foil for 10 to 15 minutes. This will make the meat even juicier. Then slice and serve with roasted vegetables, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes or a salad!