posted on Jan, 16 2008 @ 06:19 PM
I love 9x13 dinners. Meatloaf, casseroles, lasagna, baked pastas, the list goes on. I love that I can make them whenever and pop them in the oven an
hour before dinner time. I love that the oven warms my kitchen up when its 20 degrees out. I love that I have enough left over for lunch the next
day....usually. Im always looking for new recipes. Here are a few of my favorites.
2 lbs of ground beef
3 tsp salt
1/2 bag of westpacks seasoning blend
1 and 1/2 cans of diced tomatoes with liquid
1 C quick oats
mix it together and form it into a loaf. Top it with a mixture of 1/3 c brown sugar, 2/3 C ketchup, 1 1/2 tsp mustard.
375 for 1 hour
Put water on to boil for your pasta and in a skillet (please do not use a non stick skillet for this) add a good 3 or 4 tbsp of olive oil. Salt and
pepper 3 bonless skinless chicken breasts. Dont hold back on the salt either, you will want to sprinkle on a good 1 1/2 tsp. of salt. Pop those
babies in your skillet, flip them over in about 8 min. You will know when they are done because they will not stick to the bottom of the pan anymore.
Same thing with the other side. When they are done, toss them in a bowl to cool down a bit. Add linguini to your boiling water cook until it is done
the way you like it. I prefer my a little firm. To that hot skillet, add a 1/2 c of white zinfandel, 1 8oz package of button mushrooms all chopped
up, and 1/2 onion (chopped). While those do their thing, shread your chicken in a big bowl. Add two jars of alfrado sauce, the juice of 1 lemon, one
can of quartered artichoke hearts. Drain your pasta, and toss it together with all that yummy stuff in the bowl. Dump it into your 13x9. It would
be good just like that, but I go a bit further and add a crumb topping. Topping: mixture of 1/2 an envelope of saltine crackers, a good handfull of
parmesan, 1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp parsley, and 3 tbsp melted butter. Bake that in the oven for 30 min at 400 degrees. You can make that up a couple days
ahead of time if you want, and just bake it sometime during the week when you really dont want to cook.
I'll add some more soon. Im trying out a shepards pie with venison tonight.