While at Costco a couple weeks back, we picked up a package of Casa Italia Diced Pancetta. Out thoughts were to try and make our own creamy spaghetti carbonara and see how close we could come to the deliciousness at Chianti’s in Calgary. So for last nights dinner it was time.
I’ve only made pasta a couple times and each time seemed to be a bit of a disaster. The pasta always seemed too dry in my opinion, so this time I thought I would try a different recipe.
Had some Bocconcini left over, so decided to make some stuffed mini meatloaf. The meatloaf was your basic ground beef, fresh onions and green peppers. Some thyme, Oregano, Basil, mustard powder, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Soaked some bread crumbs in milk and added a couple eggs. Mixed it all together and then got our my trusty cast iron biscuit pan.
Put a layer of meat down and covered with 4 or 5 mini Bocconcini’s and covered with another layer of meat. Popped it into a 450 degree oven to get things cooking. When I hit an internal temp of 165ºF (74ºC), it was time to come out.
Been a while since I’ve cooked a jambalaya, so it was time today. I like to grill my ingredients before hand so they get that little something extra flavour wise. Unfortunately I did not have the chicken thawed out in time to make the first round of grilling.
From there, it was chop it all up and get it ready for the grill. Green pepper, red onion, beef Chorizo sausage, chicken breast, garlic, chopped canned tomatoes, tomato cocktail and slap ya mama seasonings.
After seeing a rendition of this on Food Network I decided to give it a try. We had some onion left over, so now was the perfect time. Cut three slices off the onion and got it on a hot grill on the barbeque. A little S&P to give it some flavour.
Taylor wanted to make something for Cherie and I for our anniversary on January 1st, but since we were out at the cabin, the ability to make much of anything becomes a bit of a chore, so we convinced her to wait until we were back in Calgary and had access to our complete kitchen and all the pots, pans and utensils she would need.