turkey lasagna

Today is New Year’s Eve, and around the world, people are gearing up for a fun night with special somebodies, close-knit groups of friends, family, or a bunch of strangers at a bar.  And yet, no matter how you’re spending the evening, I’ve always found that a delicious, hearty, stick-to-your ribs dinner is the perfect way to relax for a moment before the festivities begin (additionally, it helps to soak up those six or so glasses of champagne you may imbibe).

New Year’s Eve dinner isn’t just any dinner, though.  It’s a special meal over which you’ll reflect on triumphs and ridiculous moments of the past year, and therefore deserves a special dish.  Might I suggest Ina Garten’s Turkey Lasagna?

From her awesome cookbook, Family Style, Ina’s lasagna is really four or five notches above your standard lasagna fare.  Instead of the typical ground beef, there’s spicy turkey sausage.  And there’s not only ricotta and mozzarella in this dish–creamy goat cheese and salty parmesan get equal billing.  And yet, even with these changes and wonderful additions, the recipe is still simple to follow and easy to love.  And it could feed an army, which makes it just about the perfect dinner to ring in the New Year.

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