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Nov 8, 2008 05:50 PM

Dishwasher Lasagna

I just read the oddest recipe for a lasagna that you supposedly make in the dishwasher. (That's right, the dishwasher.) Has anyone heard of anything like this? Better yet, has anyone actually made lasagna in his/her dishwasher?

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  1. Never heard of lasagna, but the Surreal Gourmet poaches (tightly-wrapped) salmon in the dishwasher. The idea is that you have very moist heat, and it's close enough to your target temp that it's impossible to overcook.

    1. I can't seem to get the dishwasher lasagna page to open. The message says it ma be removed. Anyway, there are lots of "recipes" around for cooking things in or on anything that produces heat. Car engines. Alton Brown tried cooking something on his motorcycle on one of his road shows. Not too successfully, as I recall. Probably a sure sign of a waxing sense of adventure on my part, but it just seems so much simpler and direct to use my cooktop or my ovens... Lasagna gets a nice browned crusty top in an oven. I seriously doubt a dishwasher can do that! On the other hand, pulling into a scenic overlook on a long road trip and taking a pot of nice bubbly beef stew off the car's engine might be a nice meal. '-)

      1. I have heard of cooking a whole salmon in the top rack of the dishwasher---wrap it very securely in heavy duty foil and run the full cycle (skip the soap). I hear the method works well..

        1. Just tried again and the page loaded. I find the recipe itself underwhelming. But assuming I wanted to "bake" my own version of lasagna in a dishwasher, I would make it in a casserole or baking dish, being careful not to pack it full to the top as I normally do so the foil wouldn't touch and destroy the top when unwrapping. Then I would wrap the dish in aluminum foil, making sure all seams are super water tight. I might even double wrap it. The version in this recipe sounds like "naked" lasagna to me since there is no obvious finished top layer. I'm also not a great fan of meatless lasagna. Don't know any vegetarians, and a lasagna with meat is a full meal when served with a nice tossed salad. But I think the most striking incongruity of this dish is that it takes TWO HOURS to cook? The standard baking time for "normal" lasagna is 45 minutes!

          But I'm sure my mother would love the recipe if she was still alive. She adored mock apple pie made with Ritz crackers until I pointed out the calorie difference between 4 or 5 apples and a box of Ritz crackers. Poor darling. It was like I'd let all of the air out of her Thanksgiving Parade balloon!

          1. That's right up there with cooking inside your car engine - an erstwhile culinary aberration that arguably hit its peak following the publication of Manifold Destiny about 20 years ago.


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            1. re: BobB

              Ok, no laughing. My husband actually made a sandwiches on the engine of the car once. We were going on a long drive up to the Blue Ridge Mountains and he made these unbelieveable sandwiches (grilled chicken, eggplant, provolone, vinegarette). He double wrapped them in foil and stuck them securely in the engine. We drove up to the mountains and stopped at an overlook. When we unwrapped the sandwiches the bread was crusty, the cheese was melted and everything was piping hot. I thought he was crazy!

              1. re: krisrishere

                There is a book called Manifold Destiny that is a cookbook for cooking on your car's engine.... been around a long time

              2. re: BobB

                Or salad and rose radishes in the shower?

                Not for me.

                1. re: dolores

                  There was an episode of Seinfeld where Kramer was prepping food in the shower. I think he had the idea of putting a garbage disposal where the drain was.

                2. re: BobB

                  Wildland Firefighters get sack lunches with burritos. I usually throw them on the dash of my truck and the sun heats them very nicely. Some caterers do provide a square of aluminum foil so the guys on the line can wrap them and leave them in a pile of embers...