Thursday, October 15, 2009

Minnesota Hot Dish

by Cheri of From Out of the Cracks

Our very first recipe for the new Minnesota Hot Dish feature comes from HandmadeMN team member Kat Lewinski from The Snuggery. This special recipe is not only a Minnesota hot dish but Kat created this recipe for an online cooking challenge called the Royal Foodie Joust. “We had to create a dish using mushrooms, noodles & cauliflower” she says. “It was fun introducing people around the world to the fabled Minnesota dish”.

How Minnesota authentic can we get for our very first recipe…thanks Kat! Check out Kat’s food blog A Good Appetite.

Twin Cities Hotdish

1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 T olive oil
salt & pepper
6 oz egg noodles
1 c yellow onion, peeled & roughly chopped
3/4 lb lean ground beef
2 c chopped baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 T unsalted butter, divided
1 T all-purpose flour
pinch dried thyme
large pinch cayenne
1/2 c half & half
3/4 c chicken broth
1/2 T dry sherry
1/4 c grated Wisconsin Bierkase (beer cheese)panko

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Place the cauliflower & olive oil in a small roasting pan. Stir to coat. Season with salt. Roast the cauliflower until starting to brown about 20 minutes. Set aside.

Cook the egg noodles according to the package until al dente, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Heat a skillet with just a little olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions & cook until starting to brown. Add the ground beef & cook through. Drain any grease & set aside. Season with salt & pepper.

Melt 1/2 T of the butter in the skillet. Add the mushrooms & cook until tender about 3 -4 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

In a saucepan, melt the remaining butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the flour, thyme, cayenne & some salt & pepper. Stir while cooking for one minute. Add the half & half & continue stirring until thickened. Stir in the mushrooms, chicken broth & sherry. Cook until bubbly & thick. (If not thick enough stir in a little more flour mixed with a little broth.) Check seasoning & add more as needed.

Mix the mushroom soup, noodles, beef & onions together in a casserole dish. Press down with the back of a spoon into the dish. Mix the cauliflower together with the grated cheese. Layer on top of the noodle mixture. Sprinkle panko over the top. Bake 30 -40 minutes.

Serves 4

This beautiful casserole dish comes from Etsy Shop Pottery by Miriam. Wouldn't Kat's Twin City Hot Dish look delicious in this?!


Glorious Hats said...

MMMMMMM yummy, the pottery dish would indeed be an awesome way to serve up this tasty recipe.

prayer bedes said...

Wonderful recipe and wonderful way to present good-old "Minnesodan" hospitality. =)