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Chicken and Spinach Lasagna for Girl's Bunko Night (photos)



Tonight was girl's bunko night at our house and the wife hosted her lady friends for dinner and whatever they do afterwards, because they haven't played bunko in years.

Here is what she cooked. The menu was cheese straws, nuts, assorted cheeses, salad and chicken and spinach lasagna. I was not invited to bunko, but I did get to have dinner that she cooked as I was sequestered out of the way in the den. Here is how she did it.

First she cooked the chicken - maybe twelve breast tenders in chicken broth with celery, onion, garlic, salt and black pepper.



While the chicken was cooking, she made her bechemel sauce.

1/2 cup flour, 1 stick butter, italian cheese blend, garlic, basil, thyme, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.



and set her (frozen/chopped, 16 ounces) spinach up to drain.



the Bechemel:

Melt the butter



Add the flour and cook for about five minutes . You want a blond roux. Add a couple of grinds (maybe 1/8 teaspoon) of black pepper



After five minutes, add four cups milk, a half pint of heavy cream and a half cup of white wine.





Stir until it gets nice and creamy



Add two cups of shredded italian cheese blend



then add 2 teaspoons of dried thyme, 2 teaspoons of dried basil and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper



Stir and hold the sauce until needed.



When the chicken is done, remove, cool, shred and set aside. Use the broth to pre cook the lasagna noodles to a little short of al dente.



Cook the spinach for a few minutes in the microwave, squeeze as much water out as possible and mix in two whipped eggs and a carton of ricotta







Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and set up the lasagna.



Oil the lasagna pan and add a thin layer of cheese bechemel.



Add a layer of noodles, followed by chicken, followed by another layer of cheese bechemel, the second layer of noodles and a layer of spinach.







Next layer is mozarella cheese, parmesan and cheese bechemel after that





another layer of noodles and Chicken again followed by mozarella, parmesan and then cheese bechemel






Noodles next and a final layer of cheese bechemel.





The top is covered with a generous layer of finely shredded parmesan.



This is cooked at 350 (covered in foil) for about 40 minutes until bubbly hot and fully set.

Horderves included various cheeses, nuts, fruit and crackers along with cheese sticks. Adult beverages were served.











Plates:











Herb crusted bread sticks and a green salad completed the meal



Desert was apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream and ginger












This post was edited on 5/17 at 11:25 am



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Tigerpaw123
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re: Chicken and Spinach Lasagna for Girl's Bunko Night (photos)


Awesome





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re: Chicken and Spinach Lasagna for Girl's Bunko Night (photos)


MD doing it right as usual.


This post was edited on 5/16 at 10:18 pm


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AmosMosesAndTwins
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re: Chicken and Spinach Lasagna for Girl's Bunko Night (photos)


DAY-UM.





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re: Chicken and Spinach Lasagna for Girl's Bunko Night (photos)




Delicioso!






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re: Chicken and Spinach Lasagna for Girl's Bunko Night (photos)


Damn, now Im hungry for chicken spinach lasagna!





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quote:

now Im hungry for chicken spinach lasagna


Well, we are having leftovers tonight!

Everything except apple cobbler, which was gone when her guests left.







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Not my fav M-Dog pic thread, but I would definitely eat.

And every time I hear the words "bunko" or "pokeno", I automatically become bored...Ladies high stakes poker games are where it's at.






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Gaston
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I always season my protein before cooking it, but since I've moved to Mississippi I haven't seen anyone do it here. Is that just a cajun thing? Depends on what it's going in, but I'll always add some added flavor to the protein even though no recipe calls for it. I just figured they assumed you'd do it.





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bdevill
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Looks delicious.. This IS my favorite pic post of yours.. I love spinach..

Burgundy Olivier is an Acadiana cook and cookbook author that has an extensive cookbook on nothing but spinach.. If you're interested:

Spinach Cookbook



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That's a hell of a spread. I would go nuts on that lasagna and apple cobbler. Cobblers are my favorite dessert.





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quote:

always season my protein before cooking


I do, too. This dish was one the wife cooked. I was not invited to participate in the preparation of any of this meal. She did allow me to eat the portion you saw plated and I will have leftovers tonight, becasue I have no idea how one makes just a small pan of lasagna.

This was a girl thing, done for the girls.




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quote:

MeridianDog



one of my favorite posters






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Looks awesome MD





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I would destroy all of that. Does your wife always use those little label sticks? I've never seen anyone do that before. It must have taken all day to make that food. I want to make like Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie and get invited over for Bunko just to dine on all of that deliciousness.





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quote:

wife always use those little label sticks?


No. the cheeses were a little different and it saved Q&A time when they were snacking before dinner.

IMO - most guys whoudl never survive their after dinner discussions. I haven't heard that they actually played Bunko in years.

Most of the menu was pre-prepaired. The lasagna was put together the day before, held in the fridge - which improves the flavor - and cooked in the hour and a half before her guests came. I was at work until well after dinner and sent to the den (well away from the gathering) when I came home.

The wife makes a fine dish of lasagna - she sort'a rotates between traditional, chicken or crawfish and usually makes a small "no meat" dish if we have friends over who will eat cheese, but no meat. If we have vegataran friends over, we do something else as I have never seen lasagna without lots of cheese. I'm certain it's out there somewhere.



She is an excellent vegetarian cook if that is the menu. I prefer at least some meat, if the meal is special.






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Good stuff





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