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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

It's A What???

The other day, I was looking for something different to make for dinner. I came across a recipe for a vegetarian version of this dish. I searched the internet for a non-vegetarian version and couldn't find one. So I did what any red blooded meat eating man would do. I experimented until I came up with a recipe using "real" food. It's prepared and cooked just like a lasagna. So, try it and let me know what you think or if you would add or remove any of the ingredients.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meat Cake

1-2 lb. Ground beef
1 Red Onion (chopped)
1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix
¼ tsp. Pepper
½ tsp. Creole Seasoning
Olive Oil for cooking
Dash of Liquid Smoke
1 pkg. Bacon
1 pkg. Lasagna Noodles (I used the no-boil version, but if you use another kind follow the directions on the package)
1 pkg. Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
1 Can of Stewed Tomatoes  (15 oz)
1 Can of Tomato Sauce (15oz)
1 tsp. Creole Seasoning
2 tsp. Onion Powder
¼ c. Fresh Parsley (chopped)

Preheat oven to 400.
In a pot, add all sauce ingredients and let simmer, stirring occasionally.
In your trusted cast iron skillet, heat Olive Oil and Liquid Smoke on a medium heat. Once you feel it's hot, add Ground Beef, Red Onion, soup mix, Black Pepper and Creole Seasoning. Mix thoroughly and let cook until browned.
When figuring out the layers, I can give you a ballpark of using around 1 cup for each layer, but your casserole dish might be a different size or depth than mine. So, you'll need to eyeball and ration the best you can. Once you lay your first layer, you'll know about what each layer takes.
In a glass casserole dish, spread about a ladle full of Tomato Sauce over the bottom of the dish. Put down a layer of Lasagna Noodles. If you have a lot of overlap, pour a little sauce over the spots where the noodles overlap. Add cheese, creating an even layer. Spread the Beef Mix over the cheese creating an even layer. Cover with a layer of  Bacon Strips. Cover with a layer of Cheese. Cover with a layer of Tomato Sauce. Cover with another layer of Lasagna Noodles. Cover with another layer of Tomato Sauce. Cover with the Cheese.
Bake uncovered for around 25-30 minutes. Please keep an eye on it; smaller lasagnas will bake faster, so yours might bake faster. Remove from the oven when the Cheese is melted and starts to brown.

Chef’s notes: To make this more fun, try using a greased bundt cake pan and pack it in. Then invert it on a cooking sheet and then bake it in the oven. This way you can remove the pan before serving and it becomes a conversation piece around the dinner table.

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