Thursday, February 23, 2012

Italian Dinner - Almost Disaster

Have I mentioned how much I like Pinterest?  Well, I really do.  I love finding stuff to make that others have already tried.  With my busy schedule, I don't have time to experiment.  I want someone else to fail and fix for me. I'm selfish like that.

So, my hubby is not a fan of spaghetti.  This means that I find a way to fix it any chance I get.  Not really, but the kids and I like it, so we tell him to suck it up.  Even though it's not difficult to make and it's super quick, I like to change things up a bit.  

While looking for meal ideas, I found a recipe on Get Crocked for  Spaghetti Pie.  Hmmmm....interesting.  I had already decided I wanted to try a Parmesan Knot recipe I found on Pinterest and these would be perfect together.  I even convinced my hubby to put the ingredients in the Crock Pot for me as I headed out the door.  I was hoping to come home to this:

Crock Pot Spaghetti Pie from Get Crocked

Easy Parmesan Knots from Real Mom Kitchen
What I got was a messy counter.  Apparently, my Crock Pot cracked and all the liquid spilled out onto the counter. My white counter.  Well, now pink counter.  I persevered and made the Parmesan Knots and crossed my fingers that the spaghetti pie would be edible.  

Can I tell you, the knots were kind of fun to make.  But they sure didn't turn out as pretty as the ones from Real Mom Kitchen. But they tasted good!
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My knots
The spaghetti pie was, indeed, edible.  However, I'm sure it would have been better in different circumstances.  It definitely wasn't up to picture standards.  Guess I have to go buy a new Crock Pot now.  

Want to try this for yourself? 

Easy Parmesan Knots from Real Mom Kitchen:
  • 1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits ( I used Pillsbury Golden Layers Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I did use the green can stuff)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
 
  1. Roll each biscuit into a 12-in. rope and tie into a knot; tuck ends under. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; brush the warm knots with the mixture. Yield:10 knots.
 Crock Pot Spaghetti Pie from Get Crocked
Crock Pot Spaghetti Pie
  • 8 oz whole wheat spaghetti, dry
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 c. grated parmesan
  • 2 c. 1% cottage cheese
  • 2 c. vegetable spaghetti sauce
  • 1 c. shredded part skim mozzarella

1. Cook spaghetti according to package 2. Beat eggs, add parmesan and mix well. Pour over cooked spaghetti and mix well.
3. Pour into the bottom of your crock pot and form into a crust.
4. Spread the cottage cheese over the crust.
5. Then spread the sauce over the cottage cheese. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
6. Cover. Cook on Low for 6-8 hours.
  
I know I can't be the only one who these crazy things happen to, right?  What was your biggest disaster?  I'll be trying a new recipe from my Yummy Food Pinterest Board  next week, so stay tuned.  Who knows what will happen.
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