giovedì 21 dicembre 2017

Christmas Lasagna.

I made my first ever lasagna yesterday as a practice run for Christmas day.

I found a recipe that was supposed to be simple, but it was very hard to follow. There was a video attached, so I watched it about 20 times and rewrote the instructions. I used chicken mince instead of beef mince because we have a couple of vegetarians coming to Christmas lunch who seem to think that chicken is a plant. 

I think this is where they go wrong. This is called a 'chicken plant'.

And this is a plant.
I used canned tomatoes from Sicilia to make my sauce. They are 0.99c a can at the Mediterranean Warehouse in Newtown. I used 3 cans.

The lasagna tasted bloody good.
Here are my rewritten instructions for an easy to make lasagna. Once you've had a bit of practice you could make modifications to suit.

  • 450g Chicken (or beef) mince
  • 4 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce (with garlic & oregano) – use cooking measuring cup
  • lasagna sheets - long
  • 1 (900g?) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups (600g?) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup hot water (or 1/3?) – use cooking measuring cup
  • Butter for greasing dish

How to Make It

1.   Fry mince, add sauce (stir & heat)
2.   Lightly butter dish
3.   Add 1/3 mince/sauce mix
4.   Layer of pasta
5.   Dobs of ricotta, lay on mozzarella (1/2 of each cheese) & add 1/3 mince/sauce mix
6.   Layer of pasta
7.   Dobs of ricotta (last ½), & add 1/3 mince/sauce mix, then lay on mozzarella (last ½)
8.   Hot water around edges
9.   Cover with 2 layers of foil – cook 200 degrees for 45 min
10. Uncover and cook for 10 min
11. Stand for 10 min
12. Serve

There are question marks by the cheese amounts because they seem a bit excessive - you can use less. Also you could change the type of cheese.

Buon Natale. Auguri.

11 commenti:

Robert ha detto...

i bet it was delicious well done

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Thanks Rob. Wasn't bad at all.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

I hope you bought skinless tomatoes, you know, with that thingy that won't allow you to eat tomato skins.

I like the idea of chicken lasagne, I might try that recipe myself.


Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Yep, peeled. Check the label on the can.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Good man.
Hey, result re where we are staying in Napier - 3 bathrooms and one of those entirely to ourselves!
It's a very big and rambly house. I'll enjoy the week here. Has a big swimming pool as well.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

And they've got Chardonnay

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Good Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
(With labels not cleanskins)

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Are they out of cleanskins?

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

No, we've got a shower in our bathroom.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

And we have the wine fridge next to our bedroom.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

There's a music room on the lower floor - unused thank mythical being.