Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Don't tell Chef Dave

Chef Dave with our cooking class at etc for the home
Remember Chef Dave?
My new friend who taught me how to rock the knife at etc for the home?
Last night I made dish for dinner from a recipe I found in a
Walmart flyer.
It is called  Amazing Pizza Casserole.
Amazing Pizza Casserole
Here is the Walmart version:
12 oz bag of No Yolks Egg Noodles
1 jar (2 lb, 13 oz. pasta sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1.5 lbs ground beef
3.5 oz. package of pepperoni
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Boil noodles & drain. Brown the mean & drain. In 9"x13" baking dish, spread thin layer of pasta sauce on the bottom, then layer half of the noodles, half of the ground beef, half of the remaining pasta sauce, and half of the cheese. Then layer rest of noodles, meat sauce, cheese, and top with pepperoni. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.

Easy, peasy - right?
I am at the glorious freed-up stage in my life and I find it difficult to stick to a recipe.  I cannot do it. I think to myself "oooohhhh, what if we add this, what if we add that? 

I started out by lightly greasing my old aluminum cake pan with olive oil. I know pepperoni is greasy, but I thought the noodles still might stick. I made small layers of noodles, meats, cheese. I added 2 small cans of mushrooms stems and pieces. (Fresh mushroom would have tasted great, but I did not have any on hand.) I sprinkled garlic salt, oregano and basil over it all. The package of sausage I picked up was Kroger brand sweet Italian and had fennel seeds in it. I brown my sausage by cooking it, four minutes at a time, then using my favorite kitchen tool, the Pampered Chef chopper thing...

It took about ten minutes to brown the sausage. (I just can't do ground beef.) Then I quartered the pepperoni rounds. I just sprinkled cheese here and there and don't believe I used three cups of cheese. I do like sauce and I used about one and a half jars of pasta sauce. (I think the next time I make this I might forgo the layers and mix it all up, put it in the pan and top with cheese.)
Simple, good fare on a summer's stormy evening
Let me say this about the Barefoot Refresh Perfectly Pink California wine. Doug brought it home one night on a whim and it is delish. He couldn't remember where he picked it up and I started searching for it. It is a teensy bit bubbly. Here is the description from Barefoot:
What happens when Grenache and Moscato go toe-to-toe? A lively blend of mandarin orange and peach notes complemented by flavors of raspberry and cherry. Enjoy over ice.
Not too bad for a $7.99 bottle of wine. (It is a light summer wine and not too strong.)
So there you have it, my cheap inexpensive meal and wine for a (very) stormy summer night. This recipe makes a ton of food and it would be a great dish to take to a carry-in. And, it tastes even better warmed up the second time!
But, don't tell Chef Dave!


BloomingtonChef said...

Hi Cheryl-
Yum- This sounds like a great recipe! My grandmother that taught me cooking basics back in the day used to make a very similar dish.
I am looking forward to seeing you again soon at Etc for the Home soon for more culinary fun! Maybe we can make this dish :)
Be well,
Chef Dave Gower

Kris said...

Well THERE you are!!!! Dinner looks good!
Missed you.
xo Kris

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Looks delic . . I'm coming over, LOL! xo

Donna said...

Never mind the recipe. I just love reading you describe the whole process. Feels like I'm seated at your table listening to you cook, as well as watching.


Your secret is safe with me.

msdebbiea said...

YUMMMMMY my friend!!!! Looks delicious. . .and love the wine suggestion as well! ENJOY~~~

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