Friday, February 26, 2010

Delectable Dinner Dish

"Are you gonna take a picture of it and blog about it?!?"
quipped my thirteen year old.
I actually wasn't planning on it, but sometimes I chose to do things just to spite my sweet, but wise crackin' teenager (please tell me that I'm not the only mother in the world who stoops to this level).
So here is a photo of our dinner dish from the other night.
The dinner that I was so proud of that
I was dancing with delight.
You see, it wasn't just an entree, it was a symbol.
It was symbolic of a conscious choice to be happy.
Just shortly after our family size decreased dramatically, I sat down to write out my grocery list. The thought crossed my mind, "Why should I bother to cook for just two others when they will be just as happy with hot dogs." Then I made a choice to be happy. This was a perfect time to cook! I could try new recipes and not have to double them so as to feed four hungry men. The new thought made me excited to write out my grocery list. Part of the list included the ingredients to this easy and delicious recipe that I found in the March issue of Better Homes Than Yours (as my boys call it).
I've included the recipe so you can dance with delight over your delicious dinner dish too
Beef, Mushroom, and Onion Tart

12 oz. lean ground beef (I substituted with beef strips I had on hand)
1-8 oz. package sliced mushrooms
1/2 medium red (I used sweet) onion, cut n thin wedges
1/4 tsp. each salt and ground black pepper
1-13.8 oz. pkg. refrigerated pizza dough
3 oz. blue cheese crumbled
Fresh oregano (I used fresh basil), &/or pizza seasoning (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a skillet cook beef, mushrooms, and onion over medium heat until beef is browned and onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Drain off fat. Add s&p.
2-Meanwhile, grease a large baking sheet or line with parchment. Unroll pizza dough. Roll or pat dough on baking sheet into a 15x12" rectangle. Top dough with beef mixture, keeping filling 1&1/2" from all edges. Fold edges over the filling, pleating as needed.
3-Bake tart for 15 minutes or until crust is golden. Remove from oven, top with blue cheese, herbs and seasonings. Serves 4. Add a salad and you have a delectable meal!


Wendy said...

This sounds really good! I think I will try it too! My kids love it when I do the happy dance too!

Trish said...

"Better Homes Than Yours" ROFLOL I love that!
I have the same issues with cooking now that our oldest four are gone from home. *Just* five of us left now. But, like you, I embraced the chance to learn to cook for a "normal" sized family rather than an army.
Happy...why choose anything else?

Oh! And you're not the only one. ;)

Billie @ creekyhollowfarm said...

It's lunch time and I just read your I'm really hungry :) I love the BHTY title much better than BHAG. Thanks for sharing :)

Andrea said...

I'm going to try this one! Looks and sounds delish!!
LOVE the "Better Homes Than Yours" :)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Better Homes Than Yours.... that is so funny! Your dinner looks delicious. Hmmmm, I wonder if I could talk the 10 year old into eating blue cheese?

Krystal said...

"Better Homes Than Yours" That's hilarious!!! I can't wait to try your recipe! Emily Watts' book, "Being the Mom" talks about this same idea. Some things, like cooking dinner, have to be done, so we might as well enjoy them. It's a good book. I think you'd like it.

Sallie said...

LOL! That's funny because I took a picture of last nights meal and blogged about it today :-)

Have a blessed weekend!

Unknown said...

Kudos to you! We are experiencing a similar family downsize right now and I have trouble getting motivated to cook something other than mac n' cheese. Thanks for the inspiration. I absolutely love the "Better Home Than Yours"--too funny!

Kathy said...
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Kathy said...

Joy, you do it all! Looks delicious. From Kathy up the street.

Kim said...

Copied it, and gonna make it! YUM!

Anonymous said...

Ooooooh...that looks wonderful. I am thinking feta cheese would also be good. Guess what's for dinner?

Kelli said...

"...sometimes I chose to do things just to spite my sweet, but wise crackin' teenager" Isn't that one of the highlights of parenting? To make them as crazy as they make us?

1 Funky Woman said...

Looks yummy to me! I am guilty of doing that with my 10 year old! I whip that camera out at the strangest times and he says, "are you going to blog about that too!" I love to do that to him!

I just wanted you to know I looked back at older posts of yours and was so inspired by your shelf in the dining room with all the white for winter. The white lights and snowflakes. I think I will do that next year, thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

My daughter asks me the same question - followed by "Hurry up and take the picture...we're starving!"

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