Bolognese for Emeril's One-Pot Blogger  Cooking Party

A bit of fun news to start today’s post.  Last week I was selected, along with 19 other terrific food bloggers, to participate in Emeril’s One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party!  We are celebrating the release of Emeril’s new book, Sizzling Skillets and Other One Pot Wonders, by cooking recipes from the book and sharing our experiences on our blogs.  I’m really excited about this opportunity; while I consider myself a pretty fearless baker, I’m not as confident when it comes to preparing our meals so this will definitely be a fun adventure.  And since I hate washing dishes, one pot meals are right up my alley.  Plus, Shane’s always been a fan of Emeril and is eager to spend more time in the kitchen with me trying these recipes – it’s a win all-around.  Many thanks to Morrow Cookbooks for including me in the party!

SizzlingSkillets jacket cover Hi-Res

So, here’s what you can expect over the next few weeks around here.  The party starts today and runs through Saturday, October 1; during that time, I will be blogging three dishes each week from the book.  My goal is to get those posts up on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday.  (Posting will continue as usual the rest of the week, probably featuring a lot of sweet treats, as all of the party posts will be savory.)  There will be also be two giveaways, including a chance to win your own copy of the book.  More on those soon :)

Bologese for Emeril's One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party

In trying to decide which dish to share first today to kick off the party, there were a few considerations.  When my copy of Emeril’s book arrived, Shane sat down with a bunch of sticky notes and flagged recipes that caught his eye.  Today’s dish not only needed to be a flagged recipe, but it also needed to be hearty, preferably involving pasta.  Shane is competing in a half-Ironman this morning (his 4th!), and it’s become tradition for him to request pasta the night before a race.  Though there were several pasta recipes in the book, I kept coming back to this bolognese.  The ingredient list was manageable, it could be made in a reasonable amount of time, and it’s one of those classic dishes that’s been on my to-do list for quite a while.

Bolognese for Emeril's One-Pot Blogger  Cooking Party

As Emeril points out in the headnote to the recipe, this bolognese isn’t a tomato-based meat sauce; it is instead inspired by the meat ragus of Northern Italy. In fact, the only tomato you’ll find in the dish is a few tablespoons of tomato paste. I checked the ingredient list several times to make sure I wasn’t missing the can of tomatoes somewhere :) While I’ve heard of some bolognese recipes that cook all day, this sauce comes together in a little over an hour. Good thing too, because it smelled so good there’s no way I could have held out had it been tempting me for 5 or 6 hours. We served the sauce over short rigatoni pasta which worked well as the ridges and tubes captured lots of sauce in each bite. I plated our meals, then ran upstairs to snap a few pictures of mine, and when I came back Shane had practically cleaned his plate. Safe to say he was a huge fan. I thought it was fantastic too – very rich and meaty with a surprisingly creamy texture. It’ll be awesome comfort food when the temperatures really start to drop around here over the next month or so.

With the exception of three specific dishes (look for those in the coming weeks), we’ve been asked not to post the recipes on our sites so I won’t be sharing this one today, but stay tuned for a chance to win a copy of the book (or pre-order your copy here).

{Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders in exchange for participating in the party.  All of the opinions expressed are mine alone.}