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Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:23 pm
by Chi_Rup
In the office my stand-by crew like to watch Food Network all day. Jamie Oliver, the new ginger guy on Man Vs Food who looks like he’s about to explode, that creepy Prairie Housewife who makes cookies and packed lunches for cowboys on her ranch.

Yesterday, a show called Christmas MILF or whatever made a lobster pasta that went thus:

Diced onion and crushed garlic
Tomato passata
Cream
Seasoning
Parsley
Lobster tails and claws
Arugula
Parmesan

Tossed with spaghetti.

It’s all too much! we cried. My version of this recipe would be:

Garlic
Dried chilli
Lobster claws and tails
Parsley
Lemon
Linguine

Keep it simple, right?

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:45 pm
by VinnyD
I would use the meat from the lobster, not whole tails and claws. No chili. No lemon. No cheese. Garlic, onion, parsley, seasonings, cream, passata.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:51 pm
by DCComic
Might as well substitute a can of tuna.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:01 pm
by VinnyD
One of my fall back pasta disnes is just lots of onions, caramelized in the slow cooker per Stan In MD's instructions combined with a can of tuna.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:14 pm
by DCComic
VinnyD wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:01 pm
One of my fall back pasta disnes is just lots of onions, caramelized in the slow cooker per Stan In MD's instructions combined with a can of tuna.
Yes. The juice and rind of a lemon and a bit of black pepper work well in that. Also chilli flakes.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:50 pm
by mishmish
Cream will bind it together like alfredo, but it does sound a bit much. I would skip the parmesan.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:21 pm
by lolasf
VinnyD wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:01 pm
lots of onions, caramelized in the slow cooker per Stan In MD's instructions
Vinny, will you tell me again how to do that? How many and how long in what sized slow cooker? I caramelized some onions the old fashioned way last week, and remembered what a PITA it is. I need to make a big batch.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:01 pm
by VinnyD
i fill the cooker with onions cut in half moons, let it go for a couple of hours by which time they will have cooked down so that the cooker is half empty, fill it again, let it go again, and fill it again, and then let it cook overnight. The onions release a lot of liquid so there is no danger of them burning (but I rub the bottom with butter before starting just in case:). I can do just short of three three-pound bags (and then freeze in sandwich bags or whatever). You can leave the lid off for a couple of hours at the end to reduce the liquid a little.

It's a very forgiving recipe.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:05 pm
by lolasf
That sounds like a good weekend project, thanks.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:11 pm
by guruwil
Yes, tomato and cream would be death to a lobster. If you want it with pasta then the simple will be much better olive oil garlic and some fresh herb, chilli if you like salt, if you really wantbsome tomato then tos some halved cherry tomatoes through it, but no tomato based sauce.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:49 pm
by veronica_inheels
VinnyD wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:01 pm
i fill the cooker with onions cut in half moons, let it go for a couple of hours by which time they will have cooked down so that the cooker is half empty, fill it again, let it go again, and fill it again, and then let it cook overnight. The onions release a lot of liquid so there is no danger of them burning (but I rub the bottom with butter before starting just in case:). I can do just short of three three-pound bags (and then freeze in sandwich bags or whatever). You can leave the lid off for a couple of hours at the end to reduce the liquid a little.

It's a very forgiving recipe.
what do you mean " fill it again'? you add raw onions to the reduced cooked onions? so half are cooked and half are raw?

i caramelize on a pan. with butter, then i add salt, pepper, sweet balsamic.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:52 pm
by veronica_inheels
lolasf wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:21 pm
VinnyD wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:01 pm
lots of onions, caramelized in the slow cooker per Stan In MD's instructions
Vinny, will you tell me again how to do that? How many and how long in what sized slow cooker? I caramelized some onions the old fashioned way last week, and remembered what a PITA it is. I need to make a big batch.
it takes 5 minutes to prep and 20 min to cook down on a pan.

i never make batches and freeze things. i guess i like the just made flavour of food.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:53 pm
by VinnyD
veronica_inheels wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:49 pm
VinnyD wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:01 pm
i fill the cooker with onions cut in half moons, let it go for a couple of hours by which time they will have cooked down so that the cooker is half empty, fill it again, let it go again, and fill it again, and then let it cook overnight. The onions release a lot of liquid so there is no danger of them burning (but I rub the bottom with butter before starting just in case:). I can do just short of three three-pound bags (and then freeze in sandwich bags or whatever). You can leave the lid off for a couple of hours at the end to reduce the liquid a little.

It's a very forgiving recipe.
what do you mean " fill it again'? you add raw onions to the reduced cooked onions? so half are cooked and half are raw?

i caramelize on a pan. with butter, then i add salt, pepper, sweet balsamic.
Half are slightly cooked and half are raw. After the overnight, all are thoroughly cooked.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:56 pm
by VinnyD
If I have these onions on hand, it takes me less time to make the spaghetti sauce I mentioned than it does to cook the spaghetti.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:04 pm
by Citizen Baba
VinnyD wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:01 pm
i fill the cooker with onions cut in half moons, let it go for a couple of hours by which time they will have cooked down so that the cooker is half empty, fill it again, let it go again, and fill it again, and then let it cook overnight. The onions release a lot of liquid so there is no danger of them burning (but I rub the bottom with butter before starting just in case:). I can do just short of three three-pound bags (and then freeze in sandwich bags or whatever). You can leave the lid off for a couple of hours at the end to reduce the liquid a little.

It's a very forgiving recipe.
Couldn't you just do the same thing in an iron skillet in the oven, low heat?

I don't have a slow cooker and don't have room for more equipment.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:31 pm
by VinnyD
Maybe, if you have an ovenproof cover for the skillet and you can keep the heat low enough. I have a gas oven and keep a really low temperature. Also, my slow cooker holds more than my largest skillet.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:15 am
by DianaHaddad
I always wonder if my fancy Zojirushi rice cooker would work as a slow cooker in this case. One of these days I'll have to try.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:22 am
by Scrubb
VinnyD wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:31 pm
Maybe, if you have an ovenproof cover for the skillet and you can keep the heat low enough. I have a gas oven and keep a really low temperature. Also, my slow cooker holds more than my largest skillet.
Hmmm, I'd never thought about trying that but maybe my really heavy dutch oven would work in the oven? I don't know how low the temp is supposed to be, though.

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:22 am
by mad hatter
Chi_Rup wrote:In the office my stand-by crew like to watch Food Network all day. Jamie Oliver, the new ginger guy on Man Vs Food who looks like he’s about to explode, that creepy Prairie Housewife who makes cookies and packed lunches for cowboys on her ranch.

Yesterday, a show called Christmas MILF or whatever made a lobster pasta that went thus:

Diced onion and crushed garlic
Tomato passata
Cream
Seasoning
Parsley
Lobster tails and claws
Arugula
Parmesan

Tossed with spaghetti.

It’s all too much! we cried. My version of this recipe would be:

Garlic
Dried chilli
Lobster claws and tails
Parsley
Lemon
Linguine

Keep it simple, right?
Agree 100%.

it was a US show?

Re: Make a stupid recipe better...

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:47 am
by VinnyD
Scrubb wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:22 am
VinnyD wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:31 pm
Maybe, if you have an ovenproof cover for the skillet and you can keep the heat low enough. I have a gas oven and keep a really low temperature. Also, my slow cooker holds more than my largest skillet.
Hmmm, I'd never thought about trying that but maybe my really heavy dutch oven would work in the oven? I don't know how low the temp is supposed to be, though.
Typo. I meant that I can't keep a really low temperature. It's easier to do with an electric oven.