Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Heaven on a plate!

I wanted to try something a little different (to suit my tastes) while still somewhat familiar (to keep DH and DD from running screaming away from the dinner table). I also wanted to use up some ingredients in the fridge, ingredients that I don't generally have on hand but had leftover from other things. I hodge-podged a few ideas together from recipes I've seen on the net or on cooking shows. Did it turn out? DH licked his plate, and DD went for seconds even though there was TOMATO in the sauce. Something this successful just BEGS to be shared: Penne with Blush Sauce 3 slices bacon, chopped 1 pound mixed ground turkey and chicken Onion powder to taste Garlic powder to taste 1/2 tsp italian seasoning (mixed dried herbs) Freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 can tomato sauce 1 cup whipping cream (which is Canadian for Heavy Cream) In a saute pan, cook the bacon until the fat renders and it is crispy. Remove bacon bits from the pan and set aside. Add the ground meat and brown it, breaking it up with a spoon. Add the garlic and onion powders, italian seasoning, and some pepper. Stir to combine. Add the balsamic vinegar. Stir and cook until the vinegar evaporates. Add the tomato sauce and stir well. Bring to a simmer, and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes (careful, it spits!). Stir in the cream, mixing well. It can simmer until your pasta is ready, but don't boil it. Taste for seasoning (I waited for the end because bacon is salty, and sometimes the tomato sauce can be as well). Serve over hot cooked penne, sprinkling with some of the crispy bacon bits. DH added moza-cheddar mixed cheeses to his, DD ate it cheeseless, and I plated it with steamed broccoli and grated pecorino pepata (a sheeps milk cheese with peppercorns). I think any firm grating cheese would go well on this...romano, parmisan, ricotta salata. The ground turkey/chicken was excellent, but sliced browned chicken would be great. Oooh, or a chicken breast that has been grilled and then sliced. Heck, I would make it without the meat, use a real onion and garlic, add sliced mushrooms, and serve it over broccoli and cauliflower - with or without the pasta! As for the fact that it contains that cup of cream and that bacon? Oh hush. I drink skim milk. Give me a break on this one, 'kay?