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Monday, November 15, 2010

Creole Lasagne


  • Preheat oven 400 (when ready)Tomato Sauce
  • 1# LasagneLasagne noodles, cooked to directions
  • Tomato Sauce (see recipe)
  • White sauce (see recipe)
  • 2 cups well-seasoned spinach (steamed)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheese (Romano and smoked Swiss)
  • 3 cups browned turkey sausage (diced)
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
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  •  Tomato SauceSauce:
  • 1 sweet onion (minced)
  • 2T. olive oil
  • 2 large roasted tomatoes (peel,seed and dice)
  • 2 cups Italian plum tomatoes (canned)
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • sea salt and white pepper, to taste
  • 1T Tabasco
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  • White SauceWhite Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup minced sweet onion
  • 8T. butter
  • 8T. flour
  • 3 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 cup French VermouthVermouth (or dry white wine)
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • sea salt and white pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Tomato Sauce:
  2. Slowly saute onion in olive oil until tender. Stir in roasted tomatoes, cover and cook slowly for 5 minutes. Add the seasonings, salt & pepper, and let simmer while you drain and mash plum tomatoes. (Reserve the juice.) Add the tomatoes and cook 30 minutes, adding reserved juice if sauce becomes too thick.
  3. White sauce:
  4. Saute the onions in butter, 3 minutes, then add flour. Cook slowly over very low heat for 3 minutes, then slowly add the warm milk, stirring until well blended. Add the mushrooms. When the sauce begins to simmer, slowly add the wine. Let cook a few more minutes to thicken. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Method:
  6. Line the bottom of a greased (spray) baking dish (9x12x2") with a layer of noodles. Spread 3 Tbsp. white sauce over noodles.
  7. Spread on 1/2 the spinach, sprinkle with 3 Tbsp. cheese, and add 1/2 the sausage. Cover with a few more Tablespoons white sauce, layer more noodles, add rest of spinach, some cheese, and rest of meat. Spread on a final layer of white sauce, cover with cottage cheesecottage chese, and finish with a layer of noodles. Spoon tomato sauce over casserole, completely covering the lasagne. Sprinkle with rest of cheese on top. Bake in upper third of oven, about 30 minutes, until cheese is browned and lasagne is bubbly.

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