So, I did it again.
I can’t stay away from it!
It wasn’t even intentional. It just…happened. I made a “tortellini spinach bake in creamy lemon sauce“ and it was basically a glorified mac-n-cheese. So I loved it.
I was drawn to the recipe because of the lemon. They just scream summer to me. Lemonade anyone?? It’s the universal ingredient. I add it to pies, pastas, salads, marinades, squeeze some on fish or on chicken when I’m sautée-ing it. My general cooking mantra is something along the lines of: “Hmm this dish is missing something…I’ll throw some lemon juice in it.”
To be honest though, this recipe was seriously lacking that lemon kick. I went against my better judgement and followed the measurements adding only 2 Tbsp lemon juice. I would say double that…at least. I hardly tasted lemon at all, not that I’m complaining. It was delicious, I was just really expecting that lemon bite at the end.
What I didn’t do was read the directions…because I apparently have serious ADD and can’t focus when I’m cooking. “I wonder if I could add some edamame to this. But would that go well with creamy cheeses? I think it would work better with feta..” My thoughts are so random.
Anyway [see!], I forgot to add the spinach to the dish before baking…I also failed to notice that I wasn’t supposed to make a cheese sauce and that you add the cheeses right before you bake the dish. <shrug> oh well. I thought it was great, and I managed to get all the ingredients in there at the end so there weren’t any casualties. In fact, I actually think it was better because the spinach hadn’t been cooked/wilted. It added a nice little crunchy freshness to the otherwise heavy, texture-less dish. Go me!!
*aside* I made this dish with procciutto instead of bacon- mainly because I prefer the smell of bacon to it’s greasy-ness, and I used some aged asiago in place of parmesan because [gasp] we didn’t have parmesan. Feel free to experiment, and let me know how it goes!
Over and out.