Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Twin Cities Hotdish

For the February Royal Foodie Joust, featuring mushrooms, noodles & cauliflower, I present the hotdish. Ah the hotdish, the star of church suppers & potlucks from International Falls to Albert Lea. A tasty combination of ground meat, creamed soup & starch (typically potato). We eat it fried in the summer at the State Fair & in the winter we compete for the best one at the Winter Carnival. I figured why not try my own spin on it...
Twin Cities Hotdish
For this hotdish I made my own cream of mushroom soup with fresh baby bellas then seasoned it with cayenne & thyme. For a topping I used roasted cauliflower mixed with some good stinky Wisconsin cheese & panko instead of potatoes.
Twin Cities Hotdish
This turned out really good. The cauliflower was the best part of the whole thing with just that little bit of sweetness from the roasting. Next time the change we would make is more; we'd make a little more of the mushroom soup & we'd add more cayenne.

Twin Cities Hotdish

1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 T olive oil
salt & pepper
6 oz egg noodles
1 c yellow onion, peeled & roughly chopped
3/4 lb lean ground beef
2 c chopped baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 T unsalted butter, divided
1 T all-purpose flour
pinch dried thyme
large pinch cayenne
1/2 c half & half
3/4 c chicken broth
1/2 T dry sherry
1/4 c grated Wisconsin Bierkase (beer cheese)
panko

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Place the cauliflower & olive oil in a small roasting pan. Stir to coat. Season with salt. Roast the cauliflower until starting to brown about 20 minutes. Set aside.

Cook the egg noodles according to the package until al dente, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Heat a skillet with just a little olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions & cook until starting to brown. Add the ground beef & cook through. Drain any grease & set aside. Season with salt & pepper.

Melt 1/2 T of the butter in the skillet. Add the mushrooms & cook until tender about 3 -4 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

In a saucepan, melt the remaining butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the flour, thyme, cayenne & some salt & pepper. Stir while cooking for one minute. Add the half & half & continue stirring until thickened. Stir in the mushrooms, chicken broth & sherry. Cook until bubbly & thick. (If not thick enough stir in a little more flour mixed with a little broth.) Check seasoning & add more as needed.

Mix the mushroom soup, noodles, beef & onions together in a casserole dish. Press down with the back of a spoon into the dish. Mix the cauliflower together with the grated cheese. Layer on top of the noodle mixture. Sprinkle panko over the top.

Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until bubbly & golden brown.

Serves 4
Twin Cities Hotdish
Thanks Jenn for hosting another month of fun.

22 comments:

HungryinSW said...

That looks amazing! Perfect for the cold days yet to come. I tried the Tacos pastor recipe I found through you last night, and they were great!

Giff said...

mmmm this makes me hungry. what a great comfort food dish. Question for you Kat - what other kinds of cheese would you suggest if we can't get ahold of the one you used?

kat said...

Giff - A good sharp cheddar would work just fine too.

Maria said...

What a comforting dish!!

Elra said...

Looks so delightful Kat! I never seen or heard of Wisconsin Bierkase, maybe I don't look hard enough. I should try to see Wholefoods in my neighborhood carry this.
Cheers,
Era

Stacey Snacks said...

ok, this is delicious looking!

I love cauliflower and crumbs on pasta, very Sicilian if you add some raisins!!! (minus the cheese).

jillian said...

This looks like the perfect dish for a cold day!

Jen said...

Hot dish has been coming up in conversations quite a bit lately and Zach has never been able to actually define what it is but this one looks good.

Psychgrad said...

This hot dish looks familiar. Definitely the type of casserole I would see at a potluck. Sounds and looks delicious. I could use something warm right now - my feet won't warm up!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Oh, so that is what a real hotdish looks like. Looks wonderfully comforting!

Lori said...

I love that last picture there. It warms you up just looing at it. I have never heard of this type of dish. It looks really good Kat. I like that you made your own mushroom soup, I bet it had a ton of flavor!

Grace said...

i'll tell ya what--no potlucks around here ever had it so good! this looks scrum-diddly-umptious!

Tia said...

This looks amazing!! Great entry and good use of the ingredients! Good luck to you, and I can't wait to try this... :)

recipes2share said...

Looks yummy - I love spicy dishes so would go with you on the cayenne.

EAT! said...

Love the addition of the cauliflower to the recipe!! Who doesn't like a good hot dish?

Deborah said...

I don't know where I've been, but I've never had this dish before. Sounds tasty!

Peter M said...

Kat, this is a very novel dish for a difficult Joust ingredient combo..it works!

Good luck in the Joust.

Foodycat said...

I've never heard of hot dish - but I would like to try it! This looks very nice.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Yum yum! Looks so great Kat! Best of luck to you - thanks for the entry!

Dawn said...

I hate to sound like everyone else, but damn this looks soooo good! Comfort food to the highest level here!

Kevin said...

That looks tasty!

Manisha said...

Thanks for sharing this link, Kat. The other night at the Hotdish Revolution the cauliflower hotdish stole the show. I bet yours in even better!

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