Thursday, October 9, 2008

Three Meals: Pepperoni Pasta, Dugger Casserole, Chicken and Rice

I don't have pictures of these because I just can't look at another cellphone picture-- and because they didn't last long enough to picture-fy.

1. Pepperoni Pasta
Make ground turkey into Italian sausage by cooking it with tons of garlic, fennel seed, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Hardly takes any time and makes a really good base for everything.
Cook bowtie pasta to your desired doneness.
Sautee an onion in the same pan. Add chopped pepperoni and a basic tomato sauce to the 'sausage', leaving it a little on the dryer side-- it should be mostly meat and pasta, with just enough sauce to hold it together.
Add grated parmesan. Can be made with cooked chicken, in addition, though we left that out this time.

It's the closest we can get to Timballo since they closed down Johnny Corrino's here, and one of H's favorite one-pot-and-one-pan meals.

2. Dugger Casserole
We've been watching these Duggers on TV for years now, watching their family grow to over twenty and watching them build their own giant house. This is their famous family favorite, which we made in honor of their newest special.
Cook up ground turkey with salt and pepper, and layer it in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
Top it with a whole bag of tater tots.
Mix a can of cream of mushroom with a can of cream of chicken and a can of evaprated milk, and dump that over the whole thing.
Cook for an hour at 350.

Tastes remarkably good, and has a rice-and-chicken-casserole sort of texture. Next time, we're adding peas and carrots and maybe a topping of cheddar cheese.

3. Chicken and Rice
One of my mainstays for when I'm cooking for myself.
Rice cooked with chicken broth (mine is left over from the Orange Rice from the other day).
A chicken breast, chopped and cooked with olive oil, chili powder, adobo, salt, pepper, cilantro and oregano. Add corn right before it's done and cook until the juices soak in.
Throw on top of the rice, and top with cheese.

Works with any chicken, veggie burgers, beef, pretty much any meat or meat-like, so long as the seasoning is basically tex-mex. Also really good with salsa and sour cream, but we're out of both right now.

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