Archive for the Mains Category

A: Inside outside drum-side crumb-side!

Posted in Chicken, Mains with tags , , on December 11, 2008 by gluttondressedaslamb

OR- Topsy-turvy turkey dinner.

Thanksgiving didn’t factor much when I was growing up, and Christmas was more about curries and fried chicken wings rather than roasts and boiled-to-death brussel sprouts. So generally inexperienced with turkey, I thought I might do a me-version of a roast turkey dinner last Sunday.

Maryland cuts of poultry have got to be my favourite. Most flavourful (=fatty), and no dry or bony bits to eat around either. My current favourite, and substitute for whole roast chicken is turkey maryland, or even just a drumstick, which as I found out on Sunday is more than generous for 2 people (even us greedy ones).

BUT, one cannot have a roast turkey without stuffing- it’s the best bit! And so the topsy-turvy turkey dinner was born. Stuffing is squished into the bottom of a loaf pan with the drumstick resting on the top, lightly seasoned and greased. Bake at 200C till done and there you have it– crispy around the edges but moist through the middle, the stuffing ends up just the way I like it. Plus, it’s a one-pan-wonder, and not a very big pan at that. Served up with sauteed silverbeet with leftovers for 2 lunches the following day, who’d have thought a drumstick could stretch that far!

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Topsy-turvy turkey dinner (for 2)

Ingredients:

1 turkey drumstick

2 handfuls mushrooms, thinly sliced

1/2 onion, chopped

1/2 cacciatore sausage, chopped (I also had leftover spicy salami, which I added to the mix.)

2 handfuls fresh breadcrumbs

fresh parsley, chopped (and any other fresh herbs you like)

1 egg

Method:

Heat olive oil/butter (or a combination of both) in a large pan and saute sausage for 1 minute.

Add onions and mushrooms and cook until most of the liquid in the mushrooms is cooked out.

Transfer mixture to the baking tin and add parsley, breadcrumbs and egg and stir well.

Oil and season turkey drumstick and place on top of the stuffing. Bake at 200C for 45-60 minutes.

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Let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes, then gobble gobble gobble it all up!!!

A: Mary had a lotta lamb

Posted in Mains with tags , , , , on September 30, 2008 by gluttondressedaslamb

and so she made lasagne!

lambsagne anyone?

lambsagne anyone?

A 1.5kg leg of lamb is a rather ambitious per-person portion serve when cooking for 2. So, after packing away 2 lunches of roast lamb with rice and veggies and 600g of leftover meat, I decided it was time for (drum roll please) LAMBSAGNE!!!

Now, my friend Sarah who is as Italian as they come (oh the stories she will tell of sauce-making marathons and don’t even get me started on the virtues of homemade cacciatore sausages!) once made lasagne for me. And I’m not remotely interested in bettering hers, but she did have one addition that really did it for me- hardboiled eggs! Her mother adds chopped up egg to hers, as did her mother’s mother, and it made me feel like the last 28 years of my lasagne-eating life was an entire waste of time. (Not that I’m the melodramatic sort…) Now, where was I? Oh yes, LAMBSAGNE!!!

First, meat sauce:

Fry off 3 garlic cloves in olive oil.

Add 1 jar of passata, 1 400g tin of tomatoes, 1/2 cup of red wine, 2 bay leaves, 2 tsp oregano and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

Add 600-700g leftover roast meat and simmer for a further 30 minutes.

Mmmmm...... lamb......

Mmmmm...... lamb......

Second, bechamel:

Melt 80g butter in a pan.

Add 1/3 cup flour and stir for 2 minutes.

Add 1 litre warm milk a little at a time and stir well.

Add 1 bay leaf, pinch of nutmeg and 1/2 tsp peppercorns and simmer until the sauce loses its raw flour taste. Season well.

Lay a piece of baking paper over the white sauce to prevent a skin from forming.

Lay a piece of baking paper over the white sauce to prevent a skin from forming.

Other important bits:

6 hardboiled eggs, roughly chopped

200g parmasan, grated

Fresh mozzarella (2-3 balls)

Instant lasagne sheets (if you can be bothered to use fresh and do the whole pre-boiling thing, go for it!)

Now the fun bit, layering!

Start with pasta, followed by meat, white sauce, egg, lots of cheese. Repeat until you run out of sauce, making sure you finish with pasta followed by white sauce, more parmasan and shredded mozzerella.

Bake in a 200C oven for 45-60 minutes. The lambsagne should be golden and blistering with cheesy, bechemel-ly goodness at this point. Makes enough for 6-8, which meant more luscious leftovers for us, YAY! If you can wait, this tastes even better the day after! Effectively, $20 for a leg of lamb= (and I counted this one) roast dinner for 2 + roast lunch for 2 + lambsagne dinner for 2 + lamsagne lunch for 2 + emergency lambsagne in freezer for 2!

I’m certain I missed my calling as a farmer’s wife…