Week 33

Baked Italian

Notes: Now that I’m 30+ recipes into this goal, I have seen some similarities between a few recipes. In fact, some are so similar, it would be criminal not to fuse them together into my own “original” recipe. However, I’m sure that some of you are yelling at your computer screens, “These recipes are too similar! In fact, you’re just making a loophole in your goal by repeating these recipes.” To which I would answer: yes. To a point. There is a bit of artistry involved in creating something new from what already exists, so I’m going to count it. Even if it is just Casserole Italian and Baked Ziti with Tomatoes and Mozzarella.

Lessons:
1. Omitting the mushrooms (as I learned from the last time I made Casserole Italian) was definitely the first step in equalizing the recipes.
2. When I browned the sausage, I added the garlic just before it was finished browning in order to time everything right.
3. The noodles for this dish I ended up using were rigatoni. I felt that the shape gave the flair of Casserole Italian while the texture and taste mirrored Baked Ziti with Tomatoes and Mozzarella.
4. Honestly, the biggest difference between the two recipes that I ended up using was that I made the tomato sauce (as per Baked Ziti with Tomatoes and Mozzarella) compared to the pre-made alternative that was used in Casserole Italian.
5. Past experience with both recipes made the creation of this recipe particularly easy. And now I have a recipe that I can claim as my own!

Final Analysis: I may have just created something that combines the best aspects of both recipes. Everyone who ate it raved about it.  think I’ll have to try and remember what I did and write it down and use this fusion recipe from now on.

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