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Italian Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Italian Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
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Italian Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
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  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until not quite "al dente". Add the cauliflower and bring back to a boil. Drain and rinse, then set aside.
  2. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Coat lightly with cooking spray and add the sausage. Cook the sausage until it is golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove the sausage from the pan and set it aside.
  3. Add the olive oil to the pan. Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook stirring often until everything is soft and fragrant. Add 1/4 cup of the chicken stock to the pan. Stir to loosen any brown bits. Add the flour and cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining stock stirring until smooth. Stir in Half & Half and cook until the mixture thickens and is bubbly. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the grated cheese, stirring until it melts.
  5. Coat a rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Combine the pasta, cauliflower, sausage, and cheese sauce in the pan. cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  6. Combine the melted butter, bread crumbs, and Parmesan. Remove the foil and top the casserole with the crumb mixture. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Turn oven to broil and allow the topping to brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
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Broccoli and Cauliflower Au Gratin

Broccoli and Cauliflower Au Gratin
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Broccoli and Cauliflower Au Gratin
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  1. To blanch the vegetables: Bring a large pot of water to a vigorous boil. Add the broccoli and cauliflower. Cook for 2 minutes (for the broccoli) and 3 minutes (for the cauliflower).
  2. Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon and immediately put them in a bowl of ice water. When cool drain completely and place in a gratin dish that has been coated with olive oil cooking spray.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they are golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the flour and cook and stir for several minutes. Slowly pour in the milk stirring constantly to prevent lumps.
  5. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil. Continue cooking and stirring until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the mustard.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheddar and blue cheese. Once the cheeses have melted, pour the sauce over the vegetables. Stir gently to coat everything evenly.
  7. Melt the remaining butter in a small pan. Add the Panko crumbs and smoked paprika and toss until the crumbs are coated.
  8. Sprinkle the crumbs over the casserole. Spray the top of the casserole liberally with olive oil cooking spray. Bake in a 375 degree oven until the vegetables are tender, the top is golden, and the sauce is bubbly. This should take 30 to 40 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 - 15 minutes before serving.
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Italian Meat Loaf

DIGITAL CAMERAMeat loaf is so versatile that it lends itself to an almost limitless number of variations. Any meat, poultry or combination there of can go into it . There are even meatless meat loaves. Seasoning possibilities are virtually endless, too. From simple onions and ketchup to exotic spice blends and intriguing vegetables, the flavor profile is literally all over the (world) map.

I’ve made many different meat loaves, but this seems to be everyone’s favorite. It combines Italian sausage and ground turkey with an Italian flavored cast of characters. It makes 2 generous loaves. One for dinner and one to freeze (each loaf will make four servings).DIGITAL CAMERA You could also use the extra loaf for some awesome meatloaf sandwiches. I’ve even made eight mini meat loavesDIGITAL CAMERA

So from meat base to seasoning to cooking vessel, meat loaf is the king of variety. As with all of my recipes, this is just a suggestion based on what i like. Your ¬†meatloaf will be fabulous and I’d love to hear about it.

Italian Meat Loaf
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Sausage and ground turkey combine with Italian bread crumbs, garlic, onion and Italian seasonings to make a spicy meatloaf that is great served with pasta or polenta and also makes a great sandwich.
Servings
8
Servings
8
Italian Meat Loaf
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Sausage and ground turkey combine with Italian bread crumbs, garlic, onion and Italian seasonings to make a spicy meatloaf that is great served with pasta or polenta and also makes a great sandwich.
Servings
8
Servings
8
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Lightly combine the sausage and ground turkey in a large bowl. Your hands are the perfect tool for this. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium fry pan and add the onion, garlic, parsley, and pepper flakes if you are using them. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes. The onion should soften and the garlic should be fragrant but nothing should be brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add the bread crumbs, cheese, Italian seasoning, tomato sauce, cooled onion and garlic mixture, and the beaten eggs. Mix with your hands until well combined.
  4. Line two 8 X 4 inch loaf pans with plastic wrap. Use a large enough piece to overlap over the top of the loaf. Evenly divide the meat mixture between the two pans. Pack the meat in firmly so that the loaf will be a uniform thickness and hold together as it bakes. Refrigerate for an hour or so to firm things up a bit. You can also make mini loaves if thta's tickles your fancy.
  5. Remove loaves from refrigerator. Carefully remove the meat from the pans using the plastic wrap. Invert into a shallow baking pan that has been sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  6. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven for one hour or until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. remove from the oven.Let rest in the pan for ten minutes. Cover lightly with foil while they rest.
  7. Cut into thick slices. Serve naked or top with sauteed peppers or chunky tomato sauce.
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