Layered dinners = happy rectangles!
January 12, 2011 9:22 AM Subscribe
Seeking dinner recipes that involve layering components!
posted by mireille to food & drink (24 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I like making dinners that involve layers, and in large batches so that I can freeze individual portions for lunches.
Why layers? It's entertaining-- I like making the components, I like putting them all together, and after my first (initially intimidating but ultimately very successful) experience making lasagna I realized that as long as I like the ingredients, the results are going to be awesome.
I'm looking for new ideas to add to my repertoire--so far I've got variations on beef/spinach lasagna, shepherd's pie, the basic casserole template, and- don't judge- taco pie (taco ingredients layered on top of puff pastry).
1. Must have some sort of animal protein. This is a requirement from the male half of the household.
2. Tomatoes are unwelcome in our home (well-- sauce and paste and the like are okay in small doses, but no actual or canned large-ish pieces).
3. Eggplant shows up in a lot of layer recipes I've found, but neither of us particularly like it unless it's cooked by professionals.
A note on grocery selection:
We live in a really remote (think 60th parallel) small town where the produce selection is rather unpredictable. As in, there's obscure tropical fruit year-round but the fresh spinach comes and goes and every once in a while something random like broccoli rabe will appear and then vanish just as quickly. Recently I saw bok choy. Leeks, butternut squash, and shallots are pretty consistent. I have yet to see fresh haricot vert/green beans in this town, and while I see them in a number of "layer" recipes, these would have to be out, because frozen or canned they're just vile. Mushrooms are limited to button, crimini, and the occasional portabella. I have plenty of red potatoes and homegrown garlic from my in-laws. Dry goods selection is pretty much the same as anywhere else, thankfully. We get high quality fresh meats and sausages from a local butcher so that's not an issue either. In the summertime I can grow pretty much anything but as it's about -20 at the moment, I'm limited to what's in the stores.
A note on herbs and spices:
My indoor winter garden includes chives, basil, parsley, and thai basil. Spices are not a problem-- I have a well-rounded cupboard stocked with a lot of Indian and Thai basics as well. Anything I don't have I can order online.
So! I'm looking for new recipes and am open to all sorts of flavors/ingredients-- North American, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, anything, really! I don't mind putting time and effort into each of the individual components. We recently received an upright freezer as our Christmas present so the more ideas to fill it with, the better! Recipes that incorporate fruit into an otherwise savory dish would be especially awesome, but not necessary.