Egg Roll Wrapper Lasagna with Caper Vinegerette Salad


I had leftover egg roll wrappers and had no idea what to do with them -- but, thanks to Google, I found out you could make egg roll wrapper lasagna. I was intrigued. I just kind of threw together some different, random recipes and it turned out very delicious!

Meat Sauce: Saute a small yellow onion and about 2 cloves of garlic in olive oil. Once soft, add a pound of lean ground beef. Cook the meat until it's done. Season with salt, pepper, and italian seasoning. Add a 28 oz can of San Marzano crushed tomatoes (my favorite anyway) and a 6 oz can of tomato paste. I got both of those flavored with italian seasoning as well. Stir and simmer for a few minutes.

Vegetables: You can choose whichever vegetables you want to use, but make enough to cover one layer of the lasagna. I chose zucchini, carrots and asparagus. I shred one zucchini and about half a bag of small carrots. I sauteed these with a little vegetable oil and italian seasoning. You don't want to cook them too much, just for a couple of minutes. I cut the asparagus into small pieces but did not cook these quite yet.

Assembly and Cooking the Lasagna: Spread a layer of the meat sauce in the lasagna dish and then add a layer of the egg roll wrappers to fit the bottom. You may need to cut the wrappers to make them fit. Add a thick layer of meat sauce and sprinkle with italian blend cheese. Add another layer of egg roll wrappers, another layer of sauce, and a layer of all vegetables (I just laid the asparagus on top of the sauteed vegetables. Sprinkle with more cheese. Add another layer of wrappers, sauce and cheese. I added some grated parmesan to the top as well. Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes.

Salad with Caper Vinegerette: Romaine lettuce & feta are added to a bowl. The dressing is then tossed on top.

1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon capers 1 tablespoon honey mustard 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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