This week we cooked...
What happens when Kate picks recipes based on their name? The Dinner Sisters cook up three dishes with unusual names: Enchilada Bubble-Up Casserole, Loco Moco and One Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta. All three recipes live up to their names and more. Discover a new condiment, furikake, that can add a little something to rice, eggs and avocado toast. Sibling rivalry rears its head in the Smorgasbord when Kate and Betsy debate a family dish.
Bubble Up and enchiladas are an interesting take on a traditional casserole. Biscuits dough, shredded chicken, beans, enchilada sauce and cheese are baked up for a hearty version of enchiladas.
- Baking time was much longer than expected. This plus the time for the dough to rise made for a significant time investment. Plan ahead for this and make sure to test the dough for doneness. A cake tester or paring knife works well for this.
- If you don’t want to make your own biscuit dough we think store-bought dough would do well.
- We also wonder if a shallower dish than called for might make for a quicker cooking time.
This version of a Hawaiian comfort food has a lot going for it- steamy white rice, mushroom gravy, and a beef patty all topped with an egg and furikake seasoning. Bring your appetite- we’re not having a light meal.
- Kate cut the fat for frying the beef patty and egg quite a bit and the dish didn’t suffer. Do not cut the fat in the gravy - it won’t thicken otherwise.
- Furikake seasoning is a Japanese condiment typically sprinkled on rice. Combining dried fish, sesame seeds, seaweed and other flavors, it adds an extra savory note. You can find it in the Asian- specifically Japanese- aisle of most grocery stores. Or take a trip to your local Asian store that carries Japanese ingredients. If all else fails, the internet is your friend. Furikake keeps for a long time in the cabinet- reach for it when you want to add a little something to eggs, rice or even salmon.
One pot meals have been trendy for awhile. Probably because you can get a great dinner together in one pot in, usually, a short time. This dish is a creamy, lemony pot of chicken, pasta and kale that comes together in about thirty minutes and only one dish to wash.
- Start taste-testing the pasta about fifteen minutes in- you can avoid mushy noodles this way.
- Others who cooked this dish and commented on the blog recommended stirring halfway through. This helped distribute the sauce and cook the pasta and the chicken evenly.
From the Smorgäsbȯrd:
Want to try the recipe the Dinner Sisters debated? Here's a Chicken Pasta Salad that is very close to the version they both ate growing up. Make it with grapes...or not.