Monday, July 2, 2012

Potluck Lasagna and Pistachio Eclair Dessert

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Raw Ground beefRaw Ground beef (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The following recipes came for a box I had marked 2005 recipes.  No matter the dates, these bothed tasted really good.

Potluck Lasagna

1 pound ground beef
1 can (14-1.2 ounces) Italian stewed tomatoes, cut up
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 tablespoon minced parsley ( 2 tablespoons dry)
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1-1/2 cups small-curd cotttage cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
6 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley and garlic; remove from heat.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, cheeses, salt and pepper.  Layer three noodles in a greased 9-inch x 13-inch x 2-inch baking dish.  Top with half the cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup mozarella cheese and half the meat sauce.  Repeat layers.
Cover and freeze up to 3 months. Or cover and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  Uncover; bake for 25-30 nminutes longer or until edges are bubbly.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
To cook frozen lasagna: Thaw in refrigeration overnight.  Bake as directed.

For Dessert: Pistachio Eclair Dessert                                       

Graham crackersGraham crackers (Photo credit: oskay)3 cups cold milk
1 package (3.4 ounce) instant pistachio pudding mix
1 package (3.4 ounce) instant french vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 ounce carton) Cool Whip, thawed
1 package (14.4 ounce) graham crackers
1 can (16 ounces) ready to use chocolate frosting.

In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes.  Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.  Fold in thawed Cool Whip.  In a 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch dish, layer a third of the graham crackers and half the pudding mix. Repeat layers. Top with remaining graham crackers.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour.  Spoon frosting into a microwave safe bowl.  Cover and microwave on high for 15-20 seconds or until softened, stirring once.  Spread over graham crackers.  Chill for at least 20 minutes or until frosting is set.

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