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Cheese Ravioli Lasagna With A Tomato Basil Meat Sauce

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Cheese Ravioli Lasagna

Cheese Ravioli Lasagna (2)Check out this classic dish with a slightly new twist.

Tomato Basil Meat Sauce

Is it crazy to imagine taking a classic dish like lasagna shaking it up a bit. What about taking some help from your local grocery store.  A great start is buy purchasing a really good jarred sauce and making it taste as if you made it from scratch.  Using a pot that requires no oil, a very lean ground sirloin, for a deep savory flavor, a little unsalted beef broth, and fresh basil leaves. This sauce will taste likes its been simmering on the stove all day.

The other ingredient I’m going to be using for this dish is a good quality store-bought cheese ravioli. They’re found in the freezer section of the grocery store. My favorite are the mini cheese raviolis. Those are the ones I’m using for this recipe.

What’s great about this recipe is you can prepare everything in advance.  All you need to do is to prepare the sauce and cheese ravioli.  Layer all the ingredients in the baking dish. Spray off the dull side of the foil with non-stick cooking spray before tightly wrapping the baking dish. That will prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil in the baking process. Once the dish is at room temperature, place the whole covered dish in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake and serve. I recommend baking it off no later than one to two days. The baking time will vary ( may take 45-50 minutes or until golden and bubbly) if it’s been previously refrigerated.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I’m utilizing each one of my fresh herbs, from my garden, and incorporating them into different dishes. I’m highlighting sweet basil in my Cheese Ravioli Lasagna With A Tomato Basil Meat sauce.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 1- 8 x 11 baking dish

Ingredients:
Note: this square copper pot requires no oil
1 tablespoon of olive oil (depending on the type of sauce pot)
1 pound lean ground sirloin
2-24 ounce jars- tomato basil Marinara variety
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 cup of unsalted beef broth
2- 1 pound 6 ounce packages of frozen mini cheese ravioli
1 cups of fresh basil leaves
1/2cup of finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
2 packages of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated Parmesan is fine)

Directions:
If you have a pot (like the one in the above pictures) that doesn’t require the use of any oil, add in the ground sirloin. Turn the stove to med-high heat. Add Kosher salt and black pepper. Using a wooden spoon, break up the ground meat and cook until completely brown, about 10 minutes.

Next, add in the beef broth and cook for another 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add in the two jars of tomato basil sauce. Simmer for another 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and add in 1 cup of fresh basil leaves and stir through.

While the sauce is simmering have a large pot of boiling salted water ready. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to prevent the ravioli from sticking. Let cook just under the required time on the package, about 5 minutes. They will continue their cooking during the baking process. Rinse under cool water to stop the cooking process, then drain well.

Start by layering with the tomato basil sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Next, place the mini ravioli in the dish covering all of the sauce. Then add the 1 package of shredded Mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of the grated Parmigiano- Reggiano covering all the ravioli. Sprinkle the top of the ravioli with 1/2 of the finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley. Again with another layer of the tomato basil sauce. Repeating this process one more time. You want to have it so that the shredded Mozzarella and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano end up on top. Finally sprinkle the rest of the finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley over the cheese. The 8 x 11 baking dish will finish with two full layers of the ravioli.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the underside or dull side of the foil with non- stick cooking spray and cover the dish tightly. This will prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil. Place the baking dish on top of a sheet pan. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 10 or until the top is golden brown.

Let the baking dish rest for at least 15 minutes to set, before cutting.  Serve with fresh basil leaves.

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Sharetheexceptional.com- Coeur a la Creme!

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Photo May 27, 3 51 46 PMThermador are one of the great makers of kitchen appliances. They are always showcased in a subscription I receive called,  Traditional Home. Inside the magazine was an article, Moments Worth Sharing.

Live, Cook, Share,  was printed along with this website, sharetheexceptional.com.  I went to the site and it asked, “to upload a photo or share your story and you could be featured in our next campaign.”

I found a favorite photo of my Coeur a la Creme. A French style cheesecake is how I describe this dessert.  It’s like a taste of heaven with its light and creamy texture. Family and friends are always astonished by its beauty and elegance.

I went to the site and uploaded the picture. Today I received an e-mail from sharetheexceptional.com. The picture of my Coeur a la Creme above was featured on their site. What a great feeling!!!

From what I understand, my photo has been picked among others to be posted in their gallery. Next, I believe, will be the one or ones that will be in an article. My fingers are crossed!

 

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Slow Cooked Pulled Pork

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Having worked in the barbecue industry for over 30 years, I  believe any cabbage slaw should be a part of your pulled pork sandwich. It just adds another layer of flavor and great texture to the sandwich.

I made a Fennel slaw for my Slow Cooked Pulled Pork sandwich and If you’d like my recipe, click the link at the bottom of this post.

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My Chipotle And Cola Crock-Pot Pulled Pork recipe is super delicious and really easy to make. For that recipe, just click on the link at the bottom of this post. This time I’m making my Slow Cooked Pulled Pork and using my Dutch oven to do all the work. I’m using a bone-in pork shoulder or better know as pork butt.

This time, I’m making a really easy wet rub that can be done in the food processor. One great thing about this recipe is, you can make the wet rub in advance. I’ll explain.

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Equipment: Dutch Oven, Food Processor
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time 24  hours (at least overnight)
Cook Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients For Wet Rub:
1 large onion quartered
4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of Champagne wine vinegar (white vinegar is fine)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons  ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground mustard
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons of onion powder
2 seeded Chipotle peppers, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons of the Adobo sauce (from the can of Chipotle peppers)
1/4 cup water

Ingredients:
4 to 5-pound (covered in the wet rub) bone-in Pork shoulder
2 large onions quartered
1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth

Directions For Wet Rub:
Place all of the above ingredients into a food processor. Process until all the ingredients are combined. Place the pork butt (pork shoulder) on a sheet pan and massage the wet rub all over the pork. Even in all of its crevices. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours (at least overnight).

Directions For Braising Pork:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the quartered onions in the bottom of the Dutch oven.  Place the pork butt, fat side up, resting on top of the onions, and pour in the chicken broth. Place the lid on and transfer the pot to the oven. Cook for approximately 4 to 4-1/2 hours, or until pork is tender.  When you remove the pork from the pot, the meat should want to fall apart and away from the bone.

Place the pork onto a sheet pan. Turn the stove on medium-high heat, bring the liquid in the pot up to a boil, turn heat down to a simmer and reduce the liquid in the pot by half. This should take about 10 minutes. While the liquid is reducing, remove the bone and the fat cap. Use two forks to shred the pork.  Once all the pork is shredded and the liquid has reduced, add the pork back into the pot. Turn the pot down to the lowest setting to keep warm, cover until ready to serve.

To Serve:
Butter and grill Ciabatta rolls. Top with my Fennel Slaw and sliced Bread Fast Homemade Pickles.

Fennel Slaw

 

Fast Homemade Pickles

 

Crock Pot Chipotle And Cola Pulled Pork

 

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Tacos!

Tacos Tonight!
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I’m using two fresh herbs for my tacos.  Oregano from my garden and fresh cilantro.

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First the vegetables, then some added ingredients to make these tacos extra special.

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I’m using ground pork for this recipe. The reason for that is, because it’s much cheaper per pound.  I’ll also will give my secret on how I make that happen in the directions for the taco meat recipe below.

Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice With Black Beans

If you want my recipe for my Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice With Black Beans, you can type the keywords (Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice) into the search bar at the top right of my home page and push “GO”.

Pico de gallo

If you’d like my recipe for Pico de Gallo, you can just type the key words ( Pico de Gallo) into my search bar at the top right of my home page and push “GO”.  Usually I’ll use grape tomatoes for my Pico, but I  thought, for tacos, using diced Roma tomatoes would work much better for this dish.

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If you want to check out another one of my guacamole recipes, you can type in guacamole into the search bar at the top right of my home page and push “GO”. This specific recipe will be available below.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields: 12 tacos- 4 servings.

Main Ingredients:
2 boxes of crunchy shells or 1 package of soft corn tortillas
2 packages of store bought “Mexican blend” shredded cheese

Ingredients For Guacamole:
3 diced avocados
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 a minced Fresno chili or jalapeno (reserve the other 1/2 for taco meat)
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Ingredients and directions for both of my other two recipes, Cilantro Lime Brown Rice, and Pico de Gallo, can be found by using the search bar at the top right of my home page. Type in the specific recipe title and hit “GO”

Directions For Guacamole:
Place all the ingredients into a bowl. Using a fork, mash the avocados while mixing with the other ingredients. Wrap plastic directly over the guacamole, covering bowl tightly, and place into the refrigerator.

Ingredients For Taco Meat:
No oli is needed for this type of  pan ( 1 tablespoon of olive oil if using a different pan)
2 pounds of ground pork
1 onions diced
2 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 the reserved minced Fresno chili (substitute jalapeno)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 package of taco seasoning mix (McCormick blend)
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon of ground chili powder
1 tablespoon of ground paprika
4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 cups of beef broth
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup of sliced green onions
2 limes cut into wedges to serve with tacos

Directions For Taco Meat:
Set the pan on med-high heat. Add the ground pork, diced onion, minced Fresno chili, minced garlic, and tomato paste into the pan.  Using a wooden spoon break up the meat. Let the meat brown, and the onions soften, about 5 minutes. Once the meat has a nice brown color, add in the seasoning packet, Kosher salt, black pepper, chili powder, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth. Bring everything up to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Turn the heat down to medium low and let simmer uncovered for another 25 minutes.

At this point all the liquid and seasonings have absorbed into the meat to make a delicious and beefy flavored taco meat. Turn the heat off and add in the sliced green onions and cilantro leaves.  Mix those through and transfer to a serving bowl.

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