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  1. Lasagna Wars

    That would be @Lisa Shock. There is roasted garlic involved, too. The next one.......after the holidays.
  2. Lasagna Wars

    There were four entries. Two were traditional Italian-American tomato ricotta dried noodle casseroles. The one that I voted for was vegetarian with no tomatoes and mostly mushroom based whose maker refused to tell me the provenance of her noodles, though they were fresh and yummy. I believe it had some bechamel in it but I can't remember as I had to hurry out during lunch break to let our dog out. Good depth of flavor and mouth feel. The whole thing was fun with a minimum of trash talking. It brought us all together for a few minutes during a busy day to break bread. 10/10 would do it again.
  3. Lasagna Wars

    Today the Lasagna Wars were fought at work. And.......I won! Thanks to everyone who offered suggestions. I went with the LASAGNA al FORNO recipe and even made both kinds of pasta. It wasn't even close. First prize was this lovely pickle dish and spoon plus bragging rights. Happy holidays, everyone. RelishDish.pdf
  4. Yes! Hunting Season w/ Shelby. I'm just adding my words of encouragement for gritty details from the kitchen and the hearth.
  5. Lasagna Wars

    Ha! The judges are my co workers. Libarians one and all.
  6. Lasagna Wars

    Pork and beef are ground. Chicken is cooked whole then chopped. There's also a fine dice mirepoix, garlic, red wine, and chicken stock involved. And yes the paste is added to the meat.
  7. Lasagna Wars

    I was thinking maybe leaving more pasta to fold over then dust the finished top with roughly chopped parsley. The shear volume of holiday cooking is starting to really effect my planning.
  8. Lasagna Wars

    The recipe uses; a meat sauce containing pork, beef, and chicken and only a tablespoon of tomato paste, a thick bechamel, a half'n'half blend of mozz and parm, and fresh thinnly rolled pasta. The result is biggly flavored and easy to serve.
  9. Lasagna Wars

    Yes, a topper would be excellent. It would however make serving it just a little bit messy. There is plenty of flavor already there and the ease of serving is a big plus.
  10. Lasagna Wars

    Normally I would agree with you on the whole top layer thing. But somehow using fresh pasta and rolling it relatively thin it becomes really good. One of my favorite parts of the dish.
  11. Lasagna Wars

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I have made a first run at my competion lasagna. After realizing time was indeed the most limiting factor I decided to use an established recipe. Thanks to an above post I used Bugialli's LASAGNA AL FORNO starting on page 221 of his book THE FINE ART OF ITALIAN COOKING. Knowing I would make changes later I tried to follow the recipe closely. Fish sauce instead of porcinis and all egg pasta instead of egg and spinach were the only concessions I made Wow. The meat sauce was deeply flavored and the pasta worked beautifully. The whole casserole was a little dry so next time, for the Wars, I'll make the meat sauce and the balsamella a little thinner. Love using the first layer of pasta to eventually enclose the whole thing. Also I'll make both pastas next time and make as many layers as possible. I cooked it 5 minutes longer than the 25 called for and it was plenty hot at 180 degreesF. Note in the photo the crispy edges. The entire top layer was crispy and TENDER. YUM. Even my wife who tends to like Italian/American dishes in the traditional style (tomatoes and ricotta here) loved it. I like my chances. Lasagna.pdf
  12. Lasagna Wars

    Great idea but available time will allow for only one. Holiday party the night before, work, and etc.
  13. Lasagna Wars

    Awesome ideas. Thank you! I'm going to do a dress rehersal next week. Will try to post some photos.
  14. Lasagna Wars

    Love the idea for an artichoke layer and roasted garlic with ricotta. As mentioned above. Go big or go home.
  15. Lasagna Wars

    Many thin layers is brilliant.
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