Setanta
 
Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 03:42 pm
I've got a cassarole recipe which the Sweetiepie Girl wants me to make. I've started already, but i have a question, and would appreciate some help.

The recipie calls for browning a pound of pork sausage, and then discarding the liquid. In the cassarole, one layers three cups of thinly sliced potatoes with chopped onions, and mushroom soup mixed with milk and spices. The problem i see is this: to a 'Merican, sausage like that means loose pork sausage, not in a casing. But the Sweetiepie Girl apparently didn't understand that (durn Canajuns), and she wants me to use this turkey sausage in casing, probably because it would be healthier (durn girls). But it is in a casing, like a bratwurst. It occurs to me that the recipe envisions the loose sausage adding fat and flavor to the cassarole. How can i replace the fat? I can add spices, but what do i do about the fact that this is not loose sausage, and it is also lean turkey?

Your help would be appreciated--you've got one hour.
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Chai
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 03:44 pm
Just cut the casing open and take out the meat.

I think there should be enough fat in the turkey to give flavor.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 03:46 pm
Listen to Chai.

<and there's enough fat in the milk and cheese to do harm>
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 03:49 pm
Listen to Chai and your sweetie pie. Good thing they know that a cassarole is a casserole. ;-)
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:06 pm
Lots of herbs, pepper, a spot of garlic and a smidgeon of worcestershire sauce also gives loads of flavour even if there is no fat at all, I've found.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:16 pm
Good idea . . . it also occured to me that i might layer in some bacon . . . good idea, bad idea?
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Chai
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:16 pm
ehBeth wrote:
Listen to Chai.

<and there's enough fat in the milk and cheese to do harm>


yeah ehBeth...I'm familiar with that trick...

oh, I didn't think there was enough fat in that meat you bought especially for this, so I added 3 sticks of butter.

You don't like it? I'm sorry, I thought I'd try to do something nice....




but....ya gotta love them.
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Chai
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:17 pm
Setanta wrote:
Good idea . . . it also occured to me that i might layer in some bacon . . . good idea, bad idea?




oh dog....here we go....
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:18 pm
Durn girls . . . ya big meany . . . a simple no would have sufficed . . .
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Heeven
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:24 pm
Bacon tends to cook quite fast - you do mean rashers right? so they might get dried up to something tasteless in a long-cooking casserole. I tend to like lean minced beef in my casseroles (thinking of the likes of shepherds pie and such). I agree with the taking the casing off the sausages, let's the meaty stuff loose to spread about.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:32 pm
Yes i meant rashers . . . but then Chai Tea, to whom i am never speaking again, the big bully, came along with her drama queen routine, so i've ditched the idea . . . we've got a half pound of lard we never use, i'll just grease the casserole with that . . .
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Heeven
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:40 pm
I would agree with you but I am afraid, very afraid.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:41 pm
You're not only digging your grave with your teeth, you're greasing the sides of the excavation.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:41 pm
(Pssst . . . i'm tryin' ta get a rise outta them girls over there . . . just play along . . . )
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:44 pm
What about a tin of corned beef in there somewhere.

Mashed up and stirred in.....she'll never notice.
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lmur
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:44 pm
<sniffs> does anyone smell burning...?
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Heeven
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:45 pm
The only rise you'll be getting m'lad is the rise of ehBeths hand as she reaches for you!
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:48 pm
Lord Ellpus wrote:
What about a tin of corned beef in there somewhere.

Mashed up and stirred in.....she'll never notice.



Man . . . you is some kinda chef soo-preem ! ! !

You are just full of handy ideas ! ! !

Fulla sumpin', anyway . . .
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:50 pm
........served with a fried egg on top.

http://www.uktvfood.co.uk/index.cfm?uktv=recipes.recipe&ID=528298
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 24 Jan, 2006 04:56 pm
Whoa . . . i just discovered that eBeth's measurin' cup measures Imperial, and not U.S. Standard . . . could that explain the burnin' smell Lmur noticed?
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