Day 8: Not macaroni cheese

January 8, 2007

Recipe 8 always sounded a little odd, Mega Meatball Pizza and Zippy Italian Popcorn [recipe]. Are we the only people who find pizza with popcorn a peculiar choice? Maybe across the globe, droves of people are sitting down to this exact combination thinking it’s a classic. In this house we certainly found it strange. The pizza was meant to be meatball pizza- basically ground beef fried with garlic, onion, tomato paste, cheese and seasoning. We substituted drained diced tomatoes for the tomato paste so the end result was more like a very basic bolognese. Presumably the paste would have bound the mixture into balls of meat. Anyway, the pizza was not unlike bolognese on toast, one of my favourite uses for leftovers. This could have been because the pizza base we used was wholewheat, which is slightly more like bread than pizza. I thought the dish was ok overall, L was not so impressed. Baby A will weigh in on the discussion at lunchtime tomorrrow.

The side of popcorn tasted of garlic bread. We made a garlic butter with some oregano and crushed red pepper, which was then poured over the popped corn. Why would you not just make garlic bread? I don’t really get this meal, it seemed like the popcorn was just for novelty value. Anyway, it wasn’t macaroni cheese, for which we can only be grateful.

Tomorrow, turkey noodle casserole. I don’t think that it is made with cream of mushroom soup, let’s see if it tastes like it is…

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  • Reply GM January 9, 2007 at 7:16 am

    The whole wheat crust and crushed tomatoes must have made it a different meal than the one the husband and I had the other night. Our meal turned out to be one gigantic, but flat, meatball on top of basic pizza crust. We used the “back of a wooden spoon” to spread it around onto of the crust and that was it. Way too much meat for my liking.

    The husband thought it tasted like dried out maid-rites. In the end, he took it to work for lunch the next day, so it couldn’t have been that bad for him, though we have eaten frozen pizza, pasta with sauce straight out of the jar, and rice and beans for the last 6 years. I suppose he is just excited to be eating something slightly different.

    On a different note, v. excited to see you made it through the 4 nights of mac/cheese, but am v. sorry to see there are noodles on the docket again this evening. Good luck!

    BTW, love the blog/project – just in case you haven’t already figured this out.

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