Monday, April 20, 2009


Thanks to my cousin Michele and some google searches I had my first attempt at Manicotti with homemade crepes and they turned out great!!! I thought they were going to be so much harder then they actually were and the recipe made plenty so we even have enough to freeze for left overs! We had ours with some garlic bread and a salad - our dinner tonight was delicious!

For the crepes-
1 cup flour
3 eggs
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup water
pinch of salt

For the filling-
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs beat
1/2 cup parmesan reggiano cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 TBS chopped fresh parsley
Ground pepper to taste

Mix ricotta, cheeses, parsley, eggs and pepper in a bowl and set aside. In a mixing bowl beat together milk, water eggs and salt. Gradually beat in the flour and mix till smooth. Cover and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Lightly oil a frying pan and then heat the pan for about a minute over medium high heat. Spoon approximately two or three tablespoons of batter into the middle of the hot pan. Quickly and carefully tilt the pan in a circular motion until the batter forms a round, thin layer in the pan. Cook until the shell surface appears dry and then carefully turn the manicotti shell over using a spatula, and cook for an additional 10 seconds. Remove from the pan and repeat till the all the batter is gone. Once shells have cooled, fill each with a few spoons of the filling and roll them up. Line the bottom of a pan with your favorite gravy (I used meat sauce) and then lay the manicotti in and top with more gravy. Bake in the oven at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes.

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