This past weekend we did a birthday thing in which MEATSAGNA was made/created. See, the birthday girl is a meatatarian who is also living a low carb life and I had some tomato sauce and cottage cheese to use up. Yeah, I'm a cheap bastard and refuse to spend $$ on ricotta when Cottage cheese will do the trick nicely and not make the pocket book cry. Respect the pocket book! So I thought, "Hmmm. What can I replace the noodles with that will work for lasagna and be vaguely tasty? Ohhhhhh, BACON!" And thus, Meatsagna was born.
2 packs bacon
1.5 quart tubs o' Cottage cheese
1 lb MEAT! We used browned turkey.
4-6 cups tomato-y lasagna-y sauce.
lots shredded cheddar cheese.
Cook the bacon. We found that using the microwave method got the best results: Paper towel, single layer of bacon, paper towel, microwave high for as many minutes as there are pieces of bacon. Perfect! Brown the MEAT, add spices if you want, add it to the tom sauce* if you want or not. We did but we are lazy. In a smallish 8ish x 10ish pan, put a layer of tom sauce on the bottom, followed by a layer of bacons. Cheese, MEATsauce, bacon, cheese, MEATsauce, bacon and top with a generous hat of shredded cheddar cheese. Pop into a 350 degree oven, bake for 45 minutes covered, then 15 minutes uncovered to give the cheese time to get all deliciously brown. Cut, serve, eat. It's even better the next day.
*We have a bitchin' recipe for tom sauce which is the Bomb: Saute onion & garlic until the onions are translucent, add canned diced tomatoes, bay leaves, oregano, thyme, salt, maybe some other spices and simmer for 20 minutes. MmmmMmmm!
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An Attack! The 16th Annual Smithee Awards are invading a town near you!
The assault upon your senses -- upon sanity itself! -- begins at 7 pm on Saturday, April 21 1800 Chem on the University of Michigan campus. As always, items that purport to be food and beverages of colors not found in nature will be provided. Admission is free, and not recommended for children under age 18, those suffering from heart conditions or other infirmities, and those with delicate sensibilities.
We looks forward to seeing you there!
-Amy, Your Friendly Ballot Bimbo