Here is a little bit of an odd-ball recipe for you: Rigatoni Pie. OK, in this case, it is actually Paccheri Pie, because that is the kind of pasta that I used, but most people would use rigatoni. Any tubular pasta will do though. I had found the paccheri a while back at Eataly, so figured that I could use them with this.
So what is a pasta pie? Essentially, a lasagna with the noddles standing upright. All the ingredients are the same. I just think this turns out to be a bit of a fun presentation. And perfect comfort food as well.
Brown Butter Pumpkin Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Jumbles … it’s quite a mouthful to say, actually. But I promise that they are harvest-y and sweet and possibly even nutritious. Sure there is butter and sugar, but the oatmeal and pumpkin puree outbalance the other stuff, right? I’ll just keep saying that and eventually I’ll convince myself. 🙂
It’s getting to be that season where you might have to “feed a crowd”. You know, those times when there might need to be enough food for a dozen, or two dozen people. Enter this pie. It’s designed to feed a crowd, between 20-24 people. It’s a pretty big canvas too, so you can easily work on your lattice skills or, as I did, play with some cookie cutters to make a cute little pattern of flowers. Either way, it’s yummy and will be sure to be enough for the whole gang.
Cauliflower is really underrated, in my opinion. A lot of people think it is bland or flavorless. The white color doesn’t exactly do it any favors either. But you can really use it as anything from a base to a soup to “rice” to in this case, a “steak”. It’s really hearty, flavorful with the nutty brown butter and can truly be used as a substitute for a real steak. I’d serve this to a vegetarian friend, wouldn’t you?
I don’t do a lot of baking for Halloween. I *like* Halloween, and if I had more occasion to do so, I’d come up with some creepy ideas for sweet snacks, but as one can’t hand out homemade cookies to trick-or-treaters, I usually just limit my baking to one thing. This year, it’s these sandwich cookies. I used one of those imprinting rolling pins which didn’t work particularly well, but c’est la vie. Next time I will skip the baking powder in the dough. They taste great though.
PS: I think that the skulls look a little like Star Wars Storm Troopers, but I might just be imagining things.