Monday, May 4, 2009

Chef Chuck's Homemade Manicotti

Crespelle

Homemade crespelle makes my recipe for manicotti, irresistible. Crespelle, meaning crepes in Italian, is the only way to make the best manicotti. Inside are three cheese's, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper. Always use your favorite marinara sauce. It's a very easy recipe and so worth it ,you will never buy store bought shells again!

Crespelle
1 cup flour
1 cup milk

3 eggs
1 tablespoon butter

extra virgin olive oil


Mix all ingredients together, lightly oil pan and pour about 3 tablespoons of mixture into a 6 inch non stick frying pan. Slowly swirl in pan and cook for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Flip over and cook another 45 seconds to 1 minute. Remove and continue cooking until the rest of the batter is used. Can make a day ahead, refrigerate.


Filling


2 pounds ricotta
2 eggs
1/2 cup parmigiano cheese, grated

1/2 pound mozzarella cheese,grated

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

marinara sauce


Combine all ingredients, using a 11x7 pan or similar, coat bottom of pan with sauce. Fill each crespelle with the cheese mixture and roll up, place in pan add more sauce over manicotti and sprinkle with parmigiano cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Buon Appetito!

19 comments:

  1. Oh, wow! I have never made crespelle~ I can't wait to try! And thanks for the "yum" comment on my cheesecake! Jnaet

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  2. Yes Scintilla, Just for you! Grazie :)

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  3. MMMMM....This dish looks superb!! Yummie! I love those flavours beautifully combined!!! Yum!

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  4. Comfort food at its finest. It doesn't get any better than this, a slice of your chocolate torta and a glass of wine.

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  5. Hello Sophie, I am glad you like! Thank You :)

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  7. Yes Bridgett, You put them together so well!!
    Yumm :) Thank You.

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  8. You see, I used to be a magazineaholic - cookery and gardening magazines. Blogs like yours and several others have cured me.

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  9. Aw shucks now I'm hungry again!

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  10. Ciao Lola, Listen to body!! Grazie :)

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  11. Hi Casalba, Isn't this great ! The knowledge at our finger tips! Grazie :)

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  12. Hi Janet, You will love these tender texture of the crespelle! Yes, your cheesecake is another story!! Thank You :)

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  13. Wow, I could tell from the pic right away that yours was homemade. Beautiful.

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  14. Yes Live.Love.Eat, The Manicotti has a great light, smooth texture. Enjoy :)

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  15. Why don't you weigh 300 pounds? I'm still waiting for a morsel.

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  16. Hey Donna, Sammy says make the food and give it away!! :)

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