it's always lovely to spend the evening dining out
out at a beautiful restaurant, but it's also just as enjoyable
to spend the evening at home and cook a romantic dinner
with the one you love.......
so tonight we are trying out three new recipes to us....
an appetizer, the main course and of course a sweet ending!
I chose these particular appetizer and the main course
as I could use some of the same ingredients....
1 jar artichoke
hearts, drained and finely chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2grated cheese (I used Pecorino Romano)
Pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ t. onion powder
Bowl of panko or seasoned Italian breadcrumbs
These were a hit!!!
basically your favorite marinara, Italian cheeses and herbs...
and whichever pasta you prefer!
1 jar of Marinara
1/2 box of lasagna pasta
1/2 eggplant, peeled and sliced in rounds
Fresh sliced MOZZARELLA
Fresh shredded ROMANO
salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and
bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
While eggplant is in the oven, prepare the Béchamel.
Add 2 T. FLOUR and blend well.
Pour in 1 1/4 CUP MILK.
Add salt and pepper to taste and allow
sauce to cook over medium heat, stirring constantly
Boil lasagna noodles until slightly softened.
Now it's time to build your lasagna...
In a oiled prepared baking dish,
begin with a layer of Béchamel...
then a spoonful of Marinara sauce...
sprinkle Italian seasoning....
a few slices of eggplant...
then slices of Mozzarella....topped with
shredded Romano cheese....
repeat layers until all is used.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
Allow to rest about 15 minutes before serving.
and hot French bread!
if you are serving more than four people, double the recipe.
it is very light and low in fat calories after
a main course of pasta.....and it's what we hand on hand......
a box mix and water....
and frozen blueberries....scrumptious!!!
enjoy these recipes....