Lasagna Day (my practice run for making lasagna for my
family on Christmas Eve) is this coming Saturday. I have spent some time on the
recipe exchange finding the best recipe and I’ve settled on World’s Best
I originally had 6 people coming, so the lasagna would feed 8 in total, but the
word spread and I obviously couldn’t uninvite people so I now have to find some
way to fit 13 people in my teeny apartment.
I am a little worried the lasagna won’t feed all those
people, so I’ve started looking at making a couple of side dishes to pick up
the slack. Definitely garlic bread (not on homemade buns – still too chicken to
try cooking with yeast – but the garlic herb butter will be hand-mixed!) and
some sort of salad, as those go well with Italian food. While I was stalking
other people’s posts on the RE today and yesterday I grabbed a few other ideas
for dishes to accompany the lasagna. I’m planning on making stuffed mushrooms (I personally hate mushrooms but everyone else loves ’em) that I will prepare
the night before or in the morning and then pop into the oven while the lasagna
I’m also looking into some kind of appetizer – something
kind of light, so it doesn’t overpower the main dish. Maybe just a variety of
dips with veggies and crackers? Curried Hummus is one of my favourite recipes
from this site. I was thinking about making apple crisp for dessert, and I
might still do that but perhaps not... we’ll see. If not I’ll find an easier,
quicker, lighter dessert.
I’ve printed all the recipes so far and will adopt the “tape
to a wall” method for easy reference.
So here’s the game plan: the BF will be out all Friday
evening which means I can make as much mess as I want :) Friday evening when I
get home from work I will start the sauce for the lasagna and let it simmer for
at least a couple of hours.
I’ll get all the veggies for the side salad chopped and put
them in our mini crisper container.
I’ll take some butter and some cream cheese out to soften.
I’ll prepare the mushroom caps.
I’ll chop up the herbs and garlic for the garlic bread and
mash it up with the butter, then put it in the fridge and let it sit so the
I’ll put the finished lasagna sauce, the tray of mushroom
caps, and the garlic butter in the fridge for Saturday.
On Saturday morning I’ll assemble the lasagna and put it in the
I’ll find a dessert recipe, pick up the groceries for it, then
put it together.
I’ll make the appetizer, whatever it is.
And then I’ll tackle the cleanup... my apartment is a bit of
a disaster right now.
Everyone’s coming over at around 5:30 or 6 and the
appetizers will be ready then. Dinner will (hopefully) be done by 6:30 or 6:45.
I’m getting so excited! I’m not as nervous as I was because
I’ve been staring at all these recipes all week and have pretty much memorized
them by now :) I’ll let you know how the day goes, although I’m sure I’ll be on
the RE for quick questions now and then. Thanks to everyone for your help!