Here are some stand-up recipes for race day.
Best Lasagna Recipe Ever
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
Prepare a one pound box of lasagna pasta according to package directions. Drain, and rinse pasta with cold water and set aside.
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, finely chopped
½ cup carrots, finely chopped
½ cup celery, finely chopped
2 pounds ground beef
½ cup tomato paste
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 cups red wine
4 cups diced canned tomatoes
15 ounces ricotta
½ cup basil, chopped
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup parsley, chopped
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Mozzarella cheese, grated
Parmesan cheese, grated
Into a large skillet, on medium-high heat, add olive oil and butter. Into the melted butter and oil add carrot, onion, celery and garlic. Cook until golden brown. Must be stirred occasionally.
Add the ground beef, salt, pepper and tomato paste to the caramelized vegetables. Stir to combine. With a wooden spoon, break up meat into small pieces and continue to cook until meat has browned.
When the sauce is a deep brown and beginning to stick slightly to the bottom of the skillet, add the red wine. With the wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of the skillet to loosen all of the brown bits.
Bring wine to a simmer, then add the diced canned tomatoes. Stir to combine, bring to a simmer and cook for at least 30 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine ricotta, basil, Parmesan, Parsley, egg, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Cover the bottom of a 9 X 13 inch baking pan with the meat sauce. Top with a layer of pasta. On top of the pasta spread a layer of the cheese mixture. Repeat. Meat sauce, pasta, cheese mixture. Cover with remaining meat sauce. Garnish with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, to brown the cheese on top.
Cut into serving-size rectangles and enjoy!
What goes with lasagna and Nascar? Warm beer bread.
Beer Batter Bread
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a loaf pan with butter and dust bottom of pan with corn meal.
In a large mixing bowl combine:
3 cups of flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
Once dry ingredients have been mixed together add:
1 (12 ounce) can beer. Bland is best.
Stir just until all of the ingredients are combined. Do not over beat.
Bake for about 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Remove from oven and drizzle two tablespoons of melted butter over loaf.
This bread slices best when cool, but tastes wonderful warm.
Somethings in life really are black and white. Oreo Cookies are a wonderful example of this phenomena.
Oreo Cheesecake Bars
Preheat oven to 350º and line a 9-x-13″ pan with parchment paper. Spray parchment with cooking spray.
1 box fudgy brownie mix, plus ingredients
15 whole Oreo cookies
Make brownies according to package directions. Spread batter evenly in pan and top with the Oreo cookies. Set aside.
3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
15 Oreo cookies, crushed
In a large bowl, beat together until fluffy sugar and cream cheese. Add eggs, vanilla and salt. Beat until combined. Gently fold in crushed Oreo cookies. Pour cheesecake mixture over the brownie-Oreo cookie crust and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. When done the edges should be set and the center of cheesecake will be slightly jiggly.
Let cheesecake cool completely in pan.
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted
Drizzle with melted chocolate and white chocolate and serve.
I hope you enjoy these wonderful recipes.
Now, my husband and I are off to the races…..just saying.