Saturday, February 27, 2010

The day after dancing... time for pasta

gamberi diablo
Lasagne Verdi Al Forno
rotoli di aglio
chocolat de lave
Marinated spicy prawns, baked green lasagna with meat sauce, garlic cheese rolls, yeah, the lava cakes. I need to do a seperate blog just for those and my friends back home who harass me for the recipe non stop. haha so i will probably post that one seperate. ...maybe.

I am so mad about my camera. If it does not work tonight I am going to get a new one. My cell phone pictures stink! So I have to have a good camera! Those potatoes were perfectly round too!
Lasagne Verdi Al Forno
Any way. Time to make some ginormous noodles for my lasagna. Yum. I am making big spinach noodles because I love them. Did you know that Italians generally don't use ricotta cheese for lasagna? They use their béchamel sauce to attach the noodles together. But I found NO where in my Italian cuisine book where it called for ricotta. But guess what?!?! I can do whatever I want! It is my kitchen. I love a lil ricotta in there. This is 100% my recipe. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


1 lb HOT Italian sausage
1 lb mild Italian sausage
1/2 cup parmesan
2 eggs
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup ricotta
1 TB Italian seasoning
2 TB chopped Yellow Onion
½ white wine
1 TB garlic
1 lb mozzeralla cheese


If you make homemade marinara (which I have done so many times) then great. Tonight I will refer to "Jars" of marinara. While I encourage home made. The closest thing you can find on the shelf in my opinion is Bertolli's olive oil and garlic marinara. So if it is homemade or bertolli... all measurements are in jars. If you do make your own marinara, store it in jars. It is so cheap to make and so easy to store.


I posted how to make Béchamel sauce previously. Make it again. 3 cups milk, 6 TB butter, 4.5 TB flour. ¼ tsp salt.


Make some sheets of spinach pasta. (½ ten ounce package frozen leaf spinach, thawed and cooked). 2 eggs and 1 ½ flour… probably will need more. Knead roll, knead roll, add flour, knead roll…etc…Get your booty a kitchen aid mixer so it’s not so hard.


Prepare the meat sauce by cooking Italian sausage together, add 1 TB garlic and wine.... Set aside and cool.
Prepare the Béchamel sauce. Then set aside.
Once meat is cool add 1 egg, bread crumbs and parmesan. Add 2 Jars Marinara, stir over heat until warm, Set aside
Season ricotta with 1 egg, and Italian seasoning and stir it in a bowl together. Set aside.
Preheat oven 400.


Bring 6 quarts water to a boil. Then add 1 TB salt. Once it boils again. Add sheets of spinach pasta. After it returns to boil (about 10 to 20 seconds) remove with a slotted spoon and set aside on a wet towel.
Smear large 14 inch lasagna dish with butter AND Pam. Put a little meat sauce in the bottom.
Put 1 layer of noodle, smear with meat sauce, bechamel, a lil ricotta and mozzerella... repeat until ingredients are gone, or pan is too full.
Bake middle rack for 20 minutes . Let set for 5 minutes before serving.


here is what it looks like before the oven.



In the oven



gamberi diablo  for the appetizer (Coppi... this recipe is for you. You have to make it. One of the best ever Spicy Shrimp)

1lb prawns shelled and deveined
2 TB tequila
2 TB Sherry
2 TB olive oil
3/4 fish sauce
1 cup oranges peeled and sectioned and sliced
1 tsp gren peppercorns chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 TB finely chopped green onion
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 TB cilantro
4 Butter lettuce leaves

In a small bowl, combine the prawns, tequila, sherry, oil, fish sauce, oranges, peppercorns, garlic, green onion, red pepper flakes and cilantro. Refridgerate for at least 1 hour.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the prawn mixture and saute stirring often until the prawns are evenly pink.  Divide among butter lettuce leaves.

How it looks when you put it in the fridge.


Yum. Finished shrimp. Spicy and good.



rotoli di aglio (garlic rolls)
3/4 cup milk slightly warmed
6 TB butter
1 large egg
3 cups bread flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Mesure ingredients into bread machine in order given. select dough setting. When cycle is complete. Remove and make little 1/5 inch balls out of the dough. Put rolls into well greased 11x13 pan.

Now you need 8 cloves garlic
1 stick butter
1 cup parmesan cheese

Mince garlic, melt butter completely, combine and pour over rolls. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Cover and let rise for at least an hour in a warm place (not in oven, just warm) I cover mine with saran wrap and then put a towel over them.



Bake in a preheated oven of 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
finished cheesy garlic rolls


On the plate:



Lava cakes have a seperate posting.

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