Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Back Off Betty Crocker

Tyler and I made a meal of champions on Wednesday night. Seemingly simplistic fare, to be sure, but alive with flavor nonetheless: spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread. Vegetables? Uhh bread's a vegetable right? Wheat comes from the ground? Ehhhh.
I've discovered my cooking forte in homemade garlic bread. This is going to be the crap-I-was-supposed-to-bring-a-dish-to-this-get-together!? recipe for the rest of my adult life. Tyler's roommate actually said "oh my god. This is amazing" for a solid 5 minutes.
Want to recreate your own Italian night? Fine, twist my arm:

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce:
This is a back to the basics situation. Even Tyler could probably make this without supervision ;) I only minimally assisted.
You'll need:
  • Sauce from a jar. I chose Walmart brand meat flavored sauce. No complaints!
  • One pound of your choice of noodles. Angel hair was the shape of the night in Tyler's kitchen.
  • A package of ground turkey meat. You gotta go healthy somewhere to balance out the abundance of calories in the garlic bread to come. 
Cook the ground turkey on the stove on medium heat in a basic pan. Make sure the cooking dish is deep enough to contain both meat and sauce when all is said and done. Once the turkey is cooked all the way through, drain it to banish excess grease. Put the turkey back in your carefully selected pan and gracefully dump your sauce on top. Beware of splatters (RIP: Tyler's yellow shirt). Mix the meat and sauce together and let it simmer on extra low heat while you tend to the noodles and garlic bread. Sprinkle Italian seasoning and/or garlic powder as you see fit. I always see fit. Boil your pasta. If you need a step by step for that, then please, for the love of all things kitchen, stick to EasyMac.

Super Top Secret Garlic Cheese Bread That Only Blog Readers Will Know:
I made up this recipe from a symphony of Pinterest recipes. Some seemed too labor intensive (who even makes their own french bread anymore!?) and others, too commercial. This is the happiest of mediums.
You'll need:
  • French bread (Take it from a Cajun, Walmart has a decent selection).
  • Butter. Or I Can't Believe It's Not. 
  • Garlic powder.
  • Italian seasoning.
  • One block of White Cheddar cheese (it's been on sale for the past month #winnerwinner).
  • Parmesan (not the grated-from-a-can. Splurge on fresh-ish. You won't regret it).
Carefully slice the bread into approximate 1 to 1 and 1/2 inch chunks. BUT, be careful. You don't want to cut it all the way through. You want the entire loaf to still be in tact, but have knife indents for your mixture of awesomeness. Slather butter into all of the cuts, it's like salve. Oh, you could have preheated your oven to 200 degrees a few minutes ago, as well. Sprinkle garlic powder and Italian seasoning on top of all the buttered areas, making sure to slip it into the cuts that you made previously. I have yet to measure anything, so it's more of an art than a science. Slice the white cheddar cheese relatively thinly and slip into the breaks in the bread. Generously portion Parmesan onto the entire thing. Race to the oven and will it to cook quickly because sometime between slicing the bread and watching seasonings rain down, you just realized how delectable this will taste. I haven't found the magic baking time yet, but somewhere close to 20 minutes will do the trick. 

By now, your mouth should be crammed full with garlic bread to wash down your spaghetti. Shhhh, A Very Lucky Girl wants you to chew like you have a secret (Remember when Amanda Bynes WASN'T a reckless driver? #She'sTheMan).

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