Recipe Experiment 1
Saturday, June 2, 2007

So, the wife tends not to like me ordering out. Which in principle I agree with as it's expensive if done a lot. But, the problem is when trying new things, stuff can get burn or in general be punishment to eat. So, if that happens I order, typically with a little protest.

Well, for the next little while she's not here so I can (at least) put off the complaining till later

So, experiments awaaaaaaaay

Anyway, I decided to post the successful experiments. The goals for these are low cleanup fallout, about 1/2 hour in kitchen max, simple and being healthy and tasty. Tough, but not impossible.

My first experiment yesterday was successful. Used an ingredient in a non-typical way, but whatever. This one should feed two people.

1 loaf of Focaccia bread. I used Rosemary Foccaccia bread.
1 green pepper
Classico Spicy Red Pepper pasta sauce
Frozen MeatBalls (diameter about that of a quarter)

*very* detailed instructions

While the oven is heating:

Cut bread in half then cut each half down down the horizontal. Yes, it's a big ass sandwich.

Cut the green pepper as desired. Though I cut it in lengths and then those in half.

Toss the this in a pan with some pasta sauce. Not too much as we're going to reduce it later and not want that to take forever.

At this point the oven should be heated so put 16 of those meatballs in the oven.

About 5 minutes before the meat balls are done put the pan on med-low heat.

Once the meat balls are done, add them to the pan and continue to reduce the pasta sauce until it's not so liquidy. I actually use a spatula to cut the meatballs in half so that the meat can be more evenly distributed on the sandwich.

Once that is done (obviously) put half on each sandwich.

Now, although this is quite tasty, IMO salt & pepper to taste and there stands room for cheese on there as well. Havarti or Swiss would probably be good.

To round out the meal, one could have a fruit cocktail as well. This can be bought in can form or fresh from the grocer. Or whatever fruity goodness that turns your fancy.

The fallout is 1 pan, 1 baking sheet, 1 knife and 1 cutting board. That is, other than what it would be even if getting KFC. This could be clean in less than 10 minutes by hand. And given the time saved by not waiting in line at KFC (or where-ever) along with the out of the way travel time that's saved, things should about even out.

Happy and healthy eating


Monday, June 4, 2007 7:12 AM


That sounds good.

Too bad I'm not a pepper fan. Perhaps I'll apply it to some other veg type thing. Sundried tomatoes might work with the meatballs.

Sunday, June 3, 2007 1:37 PM


Wow, not just bachelors and bachelorettes!

This old married couple is trying that recipe this week!


Thank you, SigmaNunki!

Sunday, June 3, 2007 11:20 AM


Glad you like it :)

For the people making this for one, I'd strongly recommend when cutting up the green pepper to put 1/2 into a Tupperware container in the fridge for the next day. Also, cook all the meatballs, use 1/2 of them, let the others cool and store as well. One could probably store them in the same container. The reason being that if the "sauce" is made and then that is stored for the next day, things will become soggy. Either way, day two is just a heat up with much less cleanup :)

I do have an idea for experiment number 2, but I'm feeling lazy (and a little funny) today. So, it'll have to wait for a bit (till I get to the grocer).

Saturday, June 2, 2007 7:17 PM


Definitely a tasty recipe you've posted her, SigmaNunki. Bachelor/bachelorette Browncoats are in your debt:D



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