06 March, 2014

Dinner and a Movie

DINNER

This Caprese Lasagna could have been great. It had all the potential to be great but due to someone (cough, cough) not reading the directions fully, it just turned out ok. With that said, I'd love to try it again, this time doing it correctly. 

Caprese Lasagna with Turkey Sausage

Ingredients

9 lasagna noodles, I used the no-bake kind and followed the directions according to the package
EVOO
3/4 lb turkey sausage, hot sausage is recommended but the the only kind I could find was smoked turkey sausage links
2 tablespoons of butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons of flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups of milk, I used almond milk
5-6 roma tomatoes thinly sliced
3/4 cup turn fresh basil
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


Recipe

If you use the no-bake noodles, then preheat the oven to the temperature on the directions. If you choose to boil your noodles prior baking the lasagna, then preheat the oven to 375.
In a skillet over medium heat, squeeze sausage out of it's casing and cook, breaking up until no longer pink. I used smoked sausage that was already cooked in the casing, so I just heated mine up in the skillet, breaking it into to small pieces.
Remove to a plate and set aside.
In the same skillet, melt the butter and garlic for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
Sprinkle in flour and whisk together for 30 seconds.
Pour in the chicken broth, a little bit at a time, whisking constantly to break up any lumps. 
Once smooth, whisk in the milk.
Here's where I messed up, Cook the sauce until it's think and all the lumps are gone. Should take about 10 minutes. This is key or else the sauce will be watery like mine was and not turn our correctly.
Once it's thickened to about half of what it originally was, pour into a Pyrex bowl or another type of bowl with a spout and set aside.
Spray the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
Pour 1/4 cup of the sauce into the bottom, making sure to spread evenly.
Place 3 lasagna noodles in the bottom, top with 4 tomatoes on each noodle, place a few pieces of the torn basil on each tomato,  1/3 of the cooked turkey sausage,  1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and 1/3 of the remaining sauce.
Repeat this order 2 more times for a total of 3 layers.
Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes, if you're using the no bake noodles, also cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.
After the time is up, remove foil, add some extra mozzarella cheese, and bake for 15 more minutes until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.
Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.


Aside from me not cooking the sauce long enough, it actually turned out pretty tasty. If you're a vegetarian this would be good even without the sausage. You could also add chicken sausage or cooked chicken if you prefer. 


MOVIE

So remember my review about Drinking Buddies? Well I didn't think another movie with such a great cast could be any worse. I was proven wrong. We found this movie on Netflix and with such an A list cast, I mean Jennifer Garner even produced the movie, you would have thought it would have been awesome. Nope, not at all. Extremely bad. Jennifer Garner is married to Ty Burrell, who isn't funny AT ALL, he's a master butter carver in their small town in Iowa. He's secretly having an affair with stripper Olivia Wilde who he owes money to because she's also a hooker. He gets told he can't compete in the local butter carving contest because he's just too good so Jennifer Garner, not wanting to ruin their name they've made for themselves, decides to enter the contest herself. There's an adorable little black girl who is being fostered by Alicia Silverstone and Rob Corddry who enters the contest too because somehow she's fantastic with carving butter into sculptures?! Oh and Olivia Wilde enters the contest too because Ty Burrell still owes her money and she wants to beat Jennifer Garner. Hugh Jackman plays Jennier Garner's ex who owns his own car dealership. Ashley Greene plays Ty Burrell's daughter from a previous marriage. Nothing flows together. The movie isn't even old, it came out in 2011! If you're looking for a new movie to watch on Netflix, I would say "pass on the Butter."

14 comments :

  1. I gave up cheese for Lent and the meal I am going to miss the most is lasagna!! This looks so good! I've never even heard of this movie but I'll make sure to stay away haha

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  2. I am going to be trying this - SOON!! Thanks for the heads up about the movie...you're totally right that the movie had all the makings of being really good!

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  3. haha good to know! i will NOT be renting that one! the lasagna, however, looks very good! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. You have to try that recipe again, it looks SO good!! Haha, sorry to hear about the movie - I hate when they turn out to be a total bust and waste of your time.
    xx

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  5. I sadly have watched this too. Horrible! Some other movies to pass on (with a seemingly great cast) on Netflix are: The Paperboy (Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman) AWFUL and Adore (Naomi Watts, Robin Wright) STRANGE.

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  6. Recipe looks delish, and I've never heard of that movie before but I will be skipping it! What is up with all the big cast movies failing?!

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  7. Haha "Pass on the butter" - I smell a future movie critic. What a bummer about the movie but your lasagna looks awesome, thick sauce or not!

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  8. What!? You didn't think Ty Burrell was funny?! I thought he'd be the only funny one in the movie! Haha

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  9. That recipe looks good- but I hear you on the sauce we just had that problem with a veggie lasagna we made. I thought Butter might be one of those closet funny movies but now that I read your review I will def skip it

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  10. Your recipe still looks really good! I want to try making it too. Sounds delicious!

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  11. Caprese Lasagna with turkey sausage for the win!!!!! Yes, please! xx

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  12. I need to try this recipe, I love caprese! Fingers crossed it turns out even better the second time around.

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  13. That lasagna sounds delish. I've never made so I'm sure mine wouldn't turn out right either!

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  14. That lasagna sounds yummy, you'll have to give it another try!

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