Monday, June 27, 2011

Recipe challenge!


What do the following meals have in common?

-         Cheesy hamburger slumguillion
-         Creamy balsamic chicken with fennel and tarragon (pictured)
-         Whole wheat spaghetti with mini turkey meatballs

It may not look like it but all three of these meals are one-pan wonders, on the table in 30 minutes and follow the same recipe. Last month when I shared the slumguillion recipe I commented on how infinitely adaptable it was, making it the perfect weeknight meal. The basic recipe is as follows:

-         1/2 to 1 lb meat (or meat substitute or veggies)
-         3 cups liquid (water, milk, beer, wine, stock, tomato sauce and so forth)
-         2 to 2.5 cups pasta (rice or other grains would work too but I am a pasta gal. Break spaghetti into 3 pieces and stir frequently to avoid clumping)
-         Chopped veggies (optional)
-         1-2 Tablespoons corn starch (if a thick sauce is preferred)
-         Herbs, spices and seasonings (1-2 TBSP total)
-         Cheese as a topping (optional)

Cook meat/veggies. Add liquid, pasta, seasonings and cornstarch. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer. Cook covered for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, or until pasta is done. Turn off heat, add cheese if desired and let stand 3-5 minutes for cheese to melt and sauce to thicken.

Which brings me to our recipe challenge for the week; it’s a Slumguillion Shindig!

The challenge: Create, cook and share a recipe that follows the slumgullion formula. Down-home, country cooking or high-end, white linens, a mingle of ethnic flavors or a menagerie of refrigerator refugees - it doesn’t matter which road you take, get inspired and spend some time in the kitchen for some creative cooking.

The rules: One recipe per person. Please send your recipe (ingredient list and cooking steps, maybe a photo too if you have the chance but that is not required) to ranchsteady AT gmail DOT com by Wednesday July 6th Sunday, July 10th (deadline extended) at 8:00 PM Pacific time. Once all recipes are received, we’ll vote on a winner and post the recipes on the blog.

Happy cooking!

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