Tuesday, February 2, 2010

P-Dubs cooks P-Dubs {The Pioneer Woman's Lasagna}

There are two types of cooks by whom I am especially intimidated: distinguished Southern ladies who've been using the same biscuit cutter for 40+ years, and Italians.

Italians, with their homemade pastas and all their secrets sauces, I feel like they have this patent on flavor the rest of can never achieve. Maybe that is why, until this weekend, I had never made lasagna. And...why when I finally did, I opted for a recipe that uses a cast-iron skilled and breakfast sausage.
I have a weakness for anything rolled and sleaved with a Jimmy Dean logo. Don't tell my cajun friends, the Savoies, but I use breakfast sausage when I cook jambalaya, too! Leave it to The Pioneer Woman (aka Ree; aka, P-Dubs) to draft a lasagna recipe country cooks (who live in the 'burbs) like I can prepare!
I'm the only P-Dubs you know, you say?? Well, make friends with the other P-Dubs (of  blog, cookbook and Southern Living-feature fame). The only thing she doesn't have is the world's cutest basset hound.
My sous-chef, Chloe Diggers

She has the world's second cutest basset. Charlie.  He's Chloe's boyfriend...only he just don't know it. [Before meeting Mr. W, Chloe's mom had a lot of boyfriends who were unaware of their role as her boyfriend, so this puppy love is not at all unhealthy]

But back to the lasagna....

The secret to this remarkable lasagna, I think, is indeed the sausage. Yes, all the basil, garlic and tomatoes leave no doubt that this is an Italian-ish dish but the sausage gives it a distinctive flavor that is no short of fantastic. Rarely do I pat myself on the back for something I made....

but I'll just be candid - it was REEdiculous. I ooh, I ahhed....I went back for seconds! It may very well be the best lasanga I've ever had.   

Here's the recipe, broken down by the other P-Dubs, in her often immitated, never duplicated Pioneer Woman step-by-step style. Crash your computer getting to this recipe as quickly as humanly possible.

This on-line recipe calls for the kind of basil you can buy in the spice aisle; I used fresh basil and fresh cheeses, as called for in the PW Cookbook. If Pioneer Woman says it's ok to use the other, then I trust her. Becasue she has a pet basset hound, too.


Laura said...

Your lasagna looks delicious.
I have her cookbook (in fact I gave it to friends and my daughters as Christmas gifts) so I am going to try it.


Anne said...

These cajun friends aren't remotely offended by the use of breakfast sausage. Hey, we love the stuff! I wish I had taken a pic of the Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe that graced our table last night... we do have some leftovers, which is miraculous, but we give it a very high rating!

Carey said...

Girl, I'm a huge fan of breakfast sausage myself! I have a fabulous corn chowder recipe with sausage in it! this looks oh so good! Definitely will be trying it soon!


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