Mile-High Lasagna Pie
My father and I decided to throw an Italian-themed dinner party for some family friends, so we thought it would be a good way to knock out a few of the later recipes (rather than just serving a dinner of appetizers).We chose a main course and a dessert, then added some other things (that weren't from the book).
The main course we chose was Mile-High Lasagna Pie. It's basically a circular lasagna made in a spring-form pan so that you can remove it from the pan and display it as a free-standing item. It's pretty cool. My dad was also surprised that it has no meat, which makes it vegetarian.
The ingredients list is pretty extensive, but they all combine to make a pretty awesome lasagna. It is labeled as "Best Ever" after all. Whole wheat lasagna noodles, olive oil, carrots, zucchini, garlic, mushrooms, baby spinach, egg, ricotta cheese (my dad insists that all lasagna is made with cottage cheese), Parmesan, salt, pepper, tomato basil pasta sauce, fontina and mozzarella, and rosemary sprigs.
Essentially, you spread sauce on the bottom of the pan, then add noodles, then add a mixture of mushrooms and spinach, then ricotta, then noodles, then sauce, then carrot and zucchini, then cheese, then noodles, then mushroom mixture, then ricotta cheese, then noodles, then sauce. Bake that, add cheese near the end, and it's done.
It came out of the pan pretty easily, and we used an electric meat slicer to slice it into pieces. I figured the moving serrated blades would prevent the lasagna from getting squished. It was very good, and one of my favorite foods I've made from this book. It really wasn't too hard to make either.
For a dessert, we chose tiramisu. The hardest ingredient to find was the package of ladyfingers. I ended up finding them when I went to Lawrence to visit a friend. We went to Hy-Vee, and they didn't have them there, but they called the other Hy-Vee in Lawrence, and they did have them.
In addition to ladyfingers, this recipe of tiramisu calls for sugar, water, instant espresso powder (we also couldn't find this, but it says you can use a double strength of coffee powder), amaretto and hazelnut liqueurs, mascarpone cheese, vanilla, whipping cream, dried egg whites, and unsweetened coca powder.
We also altered the recipe a little and made individual cups rather than a casserole dish, but it worked about the same.
Both recipes turned out very well, and I would definitely make them again if the situation called for it.
Be on the look out for another posting tomorrow!