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Guest Contributor Michael Ring - @Loricatus_Lupus
Say you’ve ditched the kids and are looking for some nonseasonal adult food. This is a quick scratch recipe and these days most of the ingredients people have on hand and can be gotten from the salad bar precut. Dry pasta is a fine substitute and boils in about the time it takes to get to the point it’s needed in the main dish.
Serves: 2. Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 10 minutes.
2 cup homemade fettuccine pasta
1/2 cup roasted sweet peppers
1/4 cup sliced black or Kalamata olives (or mooched from the salad bar)
12 thin slices pepperoni or similar sausage
4 artichoke hearts, quartered
8 chicken tenderloins or 8 oz. chicken breast
1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes (or mooched from the salad bar)
2 tbs. basil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Parmesan cheese (Not Kraft for God’s sake)
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Prep is mostly just cutting everything down to a size that mixes well with the pasta. If you wish to cut back the prep time, skip roasting the peppers; artichoke hearts these days are commonly found in oil in most stores, as is fresh fettuccine pasta. Since store pasta is dryer than homemade, a few minutes in boiling water is advised. Skip the salt.
Heat olive oil in large skillet and add: peppers, olives, pepperoni, artichoke hearts, chicken and seasonings. Stir every minute or so until chicken is browning. Add fettuccine pasta, tomatoes, and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Toss until heated through and top with 1/2 cup more Parmesan.
Serve with wine, candles, and some fine Italian music.
The Misfits are passionate about food. We are forever argu--umm--discussing it. Sometimes we take our opinions to the Twitter masses and often find various food topics to be more divisive that politics. Pineapple on pizza, dressing vs. stuffing, raisins on salads, Mayo or Miracle Whip? There are few things we love more than laughing at people's obviously wrong opinions and ridiculing those with terrible taste buds.
So not long ago, Ray brought up writing a food series. (He often makes us drool with pictures of his meal creations.) Dan came up with an idea that takes it one step further. Have a portion of the website devoted to recipes, many of which would be good for busy families and their budget. Thus the Mess Hall was born and we think it only fitting it launches the week of Thanksgiving!
The introductory recipe is perfect for a post-holiday meal. If your family is like mine, you often have leftover turkey. You can only eat so many turkey sandwiches, amirite? What's the answer to reinventing turkey leftovers? Why, it doesn't get much more American than an easy, throw-it-all-in-one-pan casserole!
Turkey (or Chicken!) Casserole
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees*
That's it! Seriously, you cannot mess up this recipe. Measurements are very loose, so don't take any of them to heart. Adjust as needed and add as much meat as you prefer! My family enjoys this casserole year round with shredded chicken. Sometimes I bake it or cook with broth in a Crock-Pot. When I need to make dinner on the fly, I grab a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. Works great!
Hope you enjoy and check back soon for more yummy recipes!
The Misfits wish everyone and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving. We hope you eat too much, laugh too loud, and remember that we are blessed to live in this great country!