Sunday, January 30, 2011

Carmelized Onion and Gorgonzola Lasagna browned with Adam and the Fish Eyed Poets and Cold War Kids

Last week I was creating a menu based on what we had leftover in the refrigerator. Way in the back, buried behind yogurt and an old cheese stick, was an unopened container of Gorgonzola. I don't buy cheese without a specific intention so I must've planned on using it for something but through the holidays and our trip to Pennsylvania the original intention had long since slipped my mind. What should I do with so much Gorgonzola knowing that whatever I make J-Fur will not partake (as she hates that cheese). Enter this lasagna:

Carmelized Onion and Gorgonzola Lasagna

-olive oil
-3 yellow onions, sliced thinly
-1/2 tsp thyme
-3 zucchini, sliced thinly in half moons
-3 cups spinach
-2 Tbs flour
-2 Tbs butter
-1 1/2 cups skim milk
-5 ounces Gorgonzola
-1/8 tsp nutmeg
-9 no bake lasagna noodles
-Parmesan Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

3. Using the same skillet (add more olive oil if necessary), heat the zucchini and spinach until spinach has wilted. Set aside.

4. In a saucepan create a roux with the 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of flour. Add the milk, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly with a whisk to create a smooth sauce. Remove from heat and add the Gorgonzola and nutmeg. Stir until everything is well combined and melted.

5. Using an 8x8 glass pan, cover the bottom with some of the cheese sauce. Layer three noodles across the sauce, overlapping when necessary. Top the noodles with 1/2 of the onions and zucchini mixture. Place another layer of three noodles on top. Follow that by the rest of the onions and zucchini mixture. Finish with a third layer of noodles. Cover the top layer completely with Parmesan.

6. Cover the lasagna with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. At this point uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes to give the Parmesan a nice golden color. Let stand for a few minutes. Devour.

*While this lasagna was good fresh, it was even better the following day.

You wanna take a good time and make it great? Then make this dish while experiencing the sounds of Adam and the Fish Eyed Poets. The band hails from Chennai, India and is fueled by the mind of Kishore Krishna. To try and pigeonhole AatFEP into one specific genre or comparison would not do the band justice, as they experiment with many different sounds and genres. Their first album, Snakeism, can be downloaded for free at their bandcamp page and I would highly recommend you experiencing it for yourself. You probably won't like it all but you'll find a gem somewhere. For me it was "Little Monkeys." I really connected with the "jump you stupid bitch why don't you jump" part.

From the more well known side of things comes the Cold War Kids. These guys have been hit and miss with me. I really enjoy some of their tracks (Hospital Beds) while others don't do it for me. The track, "Louder than Ever", does it for me. It is from their new album Mine is Yours which was released earlier this week.