We were going to be out all afternoon at friends so I decided to put something in the slow cooker (or crock pot) so that it would be ready when we got home.
I came up with lasagne and it tasted really good and was actually nicer than the ones I bake in the oven. I will definitely be doing this one again.
White sauce (Bechemal)
Lasagne sheets (I used dried ones)
I made up a bolognaise sauce using beef mince. I fried this up with some onion and capsicum. I always add Soy Sauce and Worcestershire sauce to my bolognaise, along with a pinch of salt and a couple tablespoons of beef stock. Then I added some tomato sauce. I normally add canned tomatoes but I have run out so sauce had to do.
Whilst the bolognaise was cooking I made an easy white sauce wtih milk and plain flour and whisked it until it thickened.
I left the bolgonaise sauce quite runny as I didn’t want it to dry out too much in the crock pot.
In the crock pot I put bolognaise sauce, then white sauce, then lasagne sheets. I repeated this until I added the final layer of lasagne sheets and then topped the whole thing with white sauce.
I didn’t put white sauce on the bottom as I thought this would burn.
I also scattered pieces of feta cheese and asian greens throughout all the layers.
I cooked it on low all day (approx 8 hours) and it was beautiful when we had it for tea.
This is a quick easy dish, one that I make in my electric pressure cooker.
250 grams bacon
1 small sweet potato
1/2 head cauliflower
1 can of champignons
2 cups risotto rice
1 tblsp chicken stock
6 cups hot water
Brown bacon and vegetables in the pressure cooker until soft.
Add rice, chicken stock, salt and hot water and mix together.
Place lid on and cook on high pressure for 15 mins. When done, release pressure and stir to combine. When you open the pressure cooker there will be a bit of liquid on top, just stir the risotto and this will blend in.
Serve while hot and ENJOY!!
PS: you can really use any fresh vegetables you have and any meat. Chicken thighs would be a nice change as well.
We had some friends for dinner on Saturday night and we had a BBQ with salads. Here in Victoria where we live, the evenings can get really chilly right through summer and it was chilly last night, so I made a delicious hot potato dish to serve with our meat and salads.
This is a dish you wouldn’t want to eat every night but for special occasions it is great.
2.5 kg potatoes – I used the small washed potatoes
250 grams bacon
2 large leeks
600 ml cream
500 grams grated tasty cheese
olive oil spray
Pre-boil potatoes, while potatoes are cooking cut up and fry the bacon and leeks together.
Cut potatoes in half or quarters and place in the casserole dish sprayed with olive oil spray. Tip in the bacon and leeks when cooked and mix together a bit.
Pour over the cream and place cheese on top. Bake in moderate oven until golden and brown – about 45 mins.
This was absolutely delicious and our guests really enjoyed it – I hope you do too.
This is a really nice meal that everybody will enjoy.
1kg beef mince
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp salt
1 tsp beef stock
1 chopped onion
1 tin sliced champignons
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 tsp beef stock
soy sauce – splash
1 cup hot water
1 tblsp olive oil
1 tblsp garlic
Meatballs: Mix mince, rolled oats, salt, beef stock and eggs together. Then place a bit of mince in your hand and put a small piece of feta into the middle of the ball and close it over so you can’t see the feta.
Brown the meatballs and then set aside.
Sauce: Fry up onion in olive oil until translucent, add garlic, champignons, tomatoes, beef stock, soy sauce, tomato paste. Bring to the boil and add the meatballs and simmer until they are cooked. (approximately 20 mins)
Cook spaghetti and drain. Place spaghetti into a bowl and add meatballs and sauce.
I use my own homemade feta, but any feta would do.
I really like using French Onion Soup Mix with my beef, but I didn’t have any. I would use this in the meatballs instead of the beef stock.
I used my own preserved tomatoes, and they worked really well.
I made my meatballs early and put them into the fridge to set for an hour or so.
I am the queen of one pot wonders (self imposed title)
I love them, they are so quick, easy and tasty.
Here’s the recipe of the one I made tonight. I think I’ll call it …….
Mince One Pot Wonder
500 grams of Mince
3 Stalks of Celery
1/2 Small Cabbage
2 Carrot (grated)
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce or 1 Tin Crushed Tomatoes
1 Packet French Onion Soup Mix
1 tblsp Olive Oil
1 Packet Pasta – I used macaroni
Place saucepan on the heat and add olive oil. Fry onion and celery until soft, add mince, cook until mince is browned. Then add the cabbage, carrot, tomato sauce and french onion soup mix and water. Cook until cabbage is soft.
Cook pasta in separate saucepan and drain and rinse and then add to mince mixture and combine.
PS: I know I said this was a one pot wonder and technically I used two pots, but you can make this in the pressure cooker or in one pot but you need to add more water so the pasta cooks.
PPS: If you cook this in the pressure cooker just make sure that the pasta is covered by liquid.
PPS: You can add any vegetables or meat that you like to this dish, the process is the same.