Good recipes to share with friends.
I promised to bring a bean-based casserole to a dinner, but didn’t want to go in the Mexican direction this time. I had a can of chickpeas kicking around and thought that adding some pasta would be interesting. I could make something like a vegetarian tuna casserole. Well, it bears little resemblance to tuna casserole, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
Does anyone remember a joke that went something like this:
Person A: What’s for dinner?
Person B: Tuna surprise.
Person A: What’s the surprise?
Person B: No tuna.
Remember that? It’s something I heard very early in my life so it has always stuck with me and has defined not just tuna surprise, but tuna casseroles as well. I suppose, under that premise, this recipe could be tuna surprise, because, surprise, no tuna.
Much like tuna casserole though, at least the ones I’m familiar with, it has potato chips on top instead of bread crumbs. I feel this is a very legitimate substitute since hearing Alton Brown (Food Network host and really good cook) say in his podcast that it was a perfectly fine thing to do. I highly recommend listening to that episode, if you get a chance.
But, before you listen to that podcast, I have one excellent song for you. This is Ghost Beach’s song “Miracle”. It is so upbeat and catchy, with a bit of an island feel to it. The pair of men who make up Ghost Beach do crazy cool stuff with electronics and a lot of rock. This song is from their debut album that came out this year, so I hope they keep with it. Listen to “Miracle” here, and get cooking:
Chickpea Crossing the Road Casserole
(Inspired by Melody Gourmet Fury)
Good for a dozen-person potluck