With Memorial Day fast approaching here in the U.S., thoughts turn to a long weekend, outdoor gatherings around the grill, the unofficial start of summer and of course, remembering all those who died while serving to defend our nation. When I think about the countless number of lives that have been lost, I am saddened. I wonder if in my lifetime or if in any, there will ever be a time when there is global peace. Imagine people agreeing to disagree and living as human beings rather than enemies to kill because of differences. One can only pray…
But before I turn this post into a deep philosophical discussion, let me refocus back to this coming long weekend and a lighter subject matter — food. I usually host Memorial Day and the menu centers around all things that can be thrown onto the grill. Haven’t even thought of a menu yet, but I’m not worried. And with my family, we always make it a potluck so that one person isn’t left with the burden of cooking everything — it’s always more fun and delicious that way.
My biggest concern though is what the weather will be on the day of our celebration. I have been keeping an eye on the extended forecast and with each day, I’m constantly seeing a different forecast. At this point, I just don’t want rain so that we can be outdoors. Crossing my fingers… I hope that you’ll also have fantastic weather for your celebrations.
In the meantime, let me share my latest “baked” savory recipe. Believe it or not, it was inspired from lasagna because of the cheesy filling I created to bind the pasta together.
I had leftover ricotta from another recipe and for me, ricotta always makes me think of lasagna. While I love lasagna, I don’t love all the work that goes into making and layering it. It’s a lot of work, but I’ll always make it from scratch for family gatherings.
What I love about this dish is that the ricotta creates a distinctive, mild flavor with each bite when combined with the pecorino romano and provolone cheeses. And for all the meat lovers out there, the Italian sausage is a great addition along with the beautiful contrast of color you get with the chopped spinach.
It’s super easy and is perfect as a dinner entrée or even a side dish. I hope you give this a try and let me know what you think. But I know you and your family are going to enjoy it!