Saturday, April 30, 2016

Spring Lasagna ™

This recipe is great for spring. Enjoy!

1 - 1 1/2 lb each: Ricotta cheese, Mozzarella,
1 package lasagna noodles (no boil or regular)
Non-stick cooking spray
6 c pasta sauce, to taste (my recipe or jar)
1/4 tsp pepper
2 eggs (optional)
1 - 2 c . each: chopped onions, sliced portabella mushrooms, baby spinach, sliced zucchini.

Preheat oven to 375' F.

Cook lasagna noodles according to package and drain, set aside. If using no boil noodles, omit this step. 

Rinse, peel and chop onions. 

Rinse and cut zucchini in half lengthwise, and cut into slices. 

Clean and slice mushrooms. 

Rinse, dry and snip stems from spinach leaves.

Place ricotta cheese in mixing bowl add two eggs, and combine well.

Spray baking pan with non stick cooking spray. Take 1/2 - 3/4 cup of tomato sauce and spread on bottom of baking pan.

Layer 1/3 of noodles overlapping each other in bottom of baking pan. Spread 1/3 of sauce over noodles. Arrange 1/2 of ricotta cheese mixture, 1/2 of the vegetables, 1/3 of mozzarella cheese over sauce

Top with 1/3 noodles and repeat previous layering process. 

Set aside 1 c of sauce. Top with remaining noodles. Layer 1 c of sauce, remaining mozzarella cheese over noodles.

Cover lasagna with foil and bake for 40 min - 1 hr.

Makes 10 serving.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

It Won't Break Your Bank Pizzas ™

If you're feeling broke from April 15th., this pizza will be easy on your wallet. This also great for watching the game, a snack for the kids, lunch, and even for company. 

1 pkg. canned refrigerator biscuits
1/2 - 1 c. each: pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, sliced halved pepperoni, chopped mushrooms, chopped tomatoes
1/8 - 1/4 c each: chopped olives, chopped anchovies, chopped ham, olive oil, flour
Non stick cooking spray
1 - 2 cloves chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. each: basil, parsley, oregano
1/8 tsp each: salt, pepper, lemon juice
pinch red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 375' F

Rinse, peel, seed, chop vegetables and garlic.

Slice pepperoni. Chop ham, anchovies and olives. 

Spray cooking spray on 2 - 3 baking sheets.

Open up can of biscuits. Sprinkle enough flour onto work board, rolling pin and your clean hands so that dough doesn't stick.

Roll out biscuit dough to desired thickness. Place dough onto baking sheet, Repeat process with remaining biscuits.

In a measuring cup, mix together oil, juice, salt, pepper, herbs with a clean fork. 

With a pastry brush spread oil mixture over both sides of crust.

With a spoon spread tomato sauce over pizza crusts. 

Here's where the fun begins, get creative. Put whatever toppings you want on your pizza. 

When finished place pizzas in oven to cook for 12 - 18 min. or until done. Keep an eye on them so that they don't burn. 

Serves 10 mini pizzas.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Opening Week Oven Fries™

 What's more American than baseball, apple pie and french fries. This is perfect for watching the game or anytime.

6 medium to  large potatoes
Non stick cooking spray
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, dried parsley
1/4 - 1/3 c. oil
Pinch each: turmeric, chili powder
1 clove fresh garlic, smashed and chopped

Preheat oven to 425' F.

Spray baking sheets with cooking spray.

Rinse and pat dry potatoes, set aside.

In a measuring cup combine oil, herbs and spices. Mix well with a fork, set aside.

On a clean cutting board, carefully cut potatoes into fries and place in a large mixing bowl.

Pour oil mixture over potatoes and toss to coat.

Spread potatoes over baking sheets and place in oven to cook.

Cook fries 30 - 40 minutes or until brown. Halfway through cooking, remove sheets from oven and turn fries over on other side. Place sheets back in oven to continue cooking. Keep an eye them, so that they don't burn.

Remove baking sheets from oven when done, and let drain a paper towel lined plate for a few minutes.

Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

Serves 6.