Wheel of Food - Italy

by Pete Fitzgetald August. 16, 2020 360 views

Spin the wheel...male a meal.

But first a poem by Un-focus

  • Here I stand with crock pot in hand.
  • I like to eat so a gather some meat.
  • What to make, I wish it was cake, but guess what I hate to bake.
  • I give it some thought, just me and my crock pot.
  • We decide to spin the wheel to see what country will yield my full tummy and effortless meal.
  • So for our next stop with my international crock pot, I spin the wheel and low and behold it’s off to Italy we go.
  • Enough of these rhymes it’s crock pot time.

Sorry I was amusing myself, I could not find a crock pot rhyme, so that is what I had.

Today I will try and make a crock pot version of lasagna. My wife and even I have made this dish in the oven many times, but this time I have decided to try it in a crock pot, for 5 reasons.

1. It is a new way and looks fun and easy.

2. I am hooked on crock pot cooking lately.

3. I'm lazy and still need to eat.

4. It’s 80 degrees and I am on the second floor and don’t want to heat the place up with the oven.

5. I’m Short, Fat and she hid the Lasagna pan too high for me to get it.

So a Bit of History on this dish, it has a Greek name and originally was a British recipe, but the Italians did it best, so I side with Italy on this one.

You may not know this, but technically, Lasagna did not originate in Italy as you may expect. Its origin can be traced way back to Ancient Greece. The name Lasagna, or “Lasagne” is derived from the Greek word ‘Laganon’; the first known form of pasta. Laganon was not a traditional lasagna as we know it with traditional Italian ingredients, but it was composed of layers of pasta and sauce. So it basically got its name from the method in which it was made, not for its ingredients.

Fast-forward a few centuries…Many countries have debated for years who came up with the first lasagna recipe. Of course, Italy claims they were the first, but really should be credited for perfecting the layers and layers of deliciousness that is lasagna. In fact, researchers in Britain found a cookbook with a lasagna recipe that dates back to the 1390’s, staking their claim to the first lasagna.

To recap, the name can be traced back to Ancient Greece, the first recipe to Britain and generations of perfecting the dish to Italy! (this excerpt of history is from viaverdimiami.com/the-history-of-lasagna ; I do not own any of the above words on bold)

The Stuff:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 (1-pound 8-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 16 ounces mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • Vegetable shortening (for greasing crock pot insert)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package no-boil lasagna noodles
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)

The tale of the tape:

Was it easy to make? yupper it was.

How did it taste? Good however on this one I like the oven version better

Did I clean up? No

Did she beat me for making a mess? Nope, I ran and hid in the den and pretended not to hear her when she was explaining how to clean as I go.

I know what you’re saying to yourself…”hey look at that, he rhymes, he cooks and he has a really cool wheel of Food prop, what else could his wife want?” … My answer to this is I agree, I am a treasure to behold.

Thank you all for stopping in, see you next time on “Wheel of Food”

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There are 6 comments , add yours!
Jay Boggess 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Hahahahahahhaa.........Very funny post and informative, as well! Glad you were able to dodge the wrath of your "better 1/2"!!!
Always a pleasure, my friend!

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Helen Anders 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Looks delicious!  Looking forward to you landing in Canada to see what you come up with! Bon appetit!

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Thomas Thompson 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I love your wheel of food looking forward to see more, I have made  the crock pot lasagna, however I used pepperoni, instead of ground beef......Good step by step, love the poem LOL

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Camellia Staab 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Another excellent post and of course your picture taking is getting better and better and extensive. For some reason reading your background on Lasagna made me think of one of my all time favorite movies " My Big Fat Greek Wedding" ......if you have seen it then you know the quote" Give me a word, any word and I will show that the root of the word is Greek". And there you go, lasagna is Greek as well. smile Thanks for another fun post.

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Berckmans Peter 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Yummy, a lasagna always welcome in my tummy.

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Russell Smith 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Looks quite delicious. I have never thought to do it in the crockpot. I just picked up an Ista pot (nice sale at the bullseye store) so I am going to play with that outside of the Yogurt setting. I tend to use a crock pot on the regular basis and have burnt two of them out now lol.

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