To kick off one of the few Halloween celebrations happening at Tiny Prints this week, we held our first-ever Iron Chef Pumpkin competition in which every department submitted appetizers, entrees and desserts to be tasted by a panel of “special judges.”  All of the employees went the extra mile to prepare amazing dishes. In fact, these dishes were so good that we thought we would show a few photos from the event and share the winning recipe, which was submitted by Lily Liang who works in Product Management.

Marketing Won the Overall Competition:

The Winning Dish: Rachael Ray‘s Pumpkin Lasagna

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1 1/2 pounds bulk sweet Italian sausage (pork, chicken or turkey, whatever you like), casings removed
1 large eggplant, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, grated
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk (eyeball it)
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
Few dashes fresh nutmeg
1 box oven-ready lasagna noodles
1 1/4 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (or Romano)

For cooking instructions, visit Rachael Ray’s website.

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4 Responses

  1. evy says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I will be making that pumpkin lasagna very soon. I have an organic pumpkin waiting to be used in something worthy of it!

  2. Jackie White says:

    The dishes look too good to eat! What a beautiful display.

  3. Lily says:

    The lasagna was really fun to make and not hard at all! A few tips from the experience:

    – Instead of just parmigiano-reggiano cheese, I also use shredded romano cheese. Romano cheese has a great sharp flavor that really sticks out in lasagnas in general.
    – I stored the uncooked lasagna overnight in the refrigerator! Apparently this helps the flavors to blend better before you stick it in the oven. Really helps to save time the day of, too.
    – I ended up having to use more salt and ground pepper than expected for the pumpkin bechamel sauce. Make sure to season it to taste!


  4. Ramona says:

    delicious! love the tablescape as well

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