|Manicotti with bread, sasuage, veggies and fruit salad.|
I have made this dish in several countries and always people are amazed when you take the time to make your own crepes, it adds a more at home touch and the flavors are better instead of the prepackaged stuff. Actually I didn't even know you could buy the crepes until I saw them in the store once.
If you look online for manicotti recipes, everyone will have different variations. Many crepe batters will use milk instead of water which allows them to use less eggs. I figure that since there is so much cheese in the batter a nice egg-y and salty crepe is a nice contrast plus you are guaranteed to have a thin crepe. In recent years we have discovered the secret to making your own ricotta cheese but for your purposes, the store bought stuff will suffice.
Now, making the crepes is a tedious process. It requires you to stand over the stove for the better part of 45 min to an hour making these. My method is to have a nice glass of Chianti beside me and the end result is worth it. You can also double the batter and filling to make a lot then freeze them on a baking sheet for later.
5 extra large eggs
1 cup of flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
|No bubbles at the top and less than 1/4 cup of batter into the pan.|
- Beat eggs until smooth
- Sift flour and salt together over the eggs.
- Beat flour and egg mixture well then add water and mix just a little bit more.
- Let sit in bowl till the bubbles at the top of the batter are gone.
- Heat a lightly greased 8" skillet pan.
- Pour less than 1/4c of batter into the pan and swirl in a circular motion to spread batter evenly around the pan. You want a thin crepe!f
- Cook on medium to medium-low heat till the edges begin to pull away and the shine is gone from the top.
- flip the crepe and cook for 10 sec. more
- Remove from pan onto a clean surface and repeat until the batter is gone.
|A nice thin crepe!- Don't want it to be too translucent or else it will tear.|
1 lb ricotta cheese
1 cup grated parmeasan
1 cup approx. mozzarella
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
|put all ingredients in|
|mix it all up|
|Crepes getting ready for filling!|
Marinara Sauce- at least one jar but more if you like to heap sauce on your pasta!
Mozzarella cheese for topping.
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix : eggs, and cheeses together in a small bowl with the nutmeg.
- Place a good-sized dollop (approx. 1/4 cup but eyeball it!) into the middle of each crepe.
- Fold the two sides of the crepe to the middle. Press down gently. Repeat
- In a 13x9" pan, place your sauce at the bottom then place your filled crepes, seam side down in the pan and cover with sauce.
- Place in the oven for 20 min. Then take out and sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top.
- Put back in oven and bake for a bit more till the cheese is melted and a little bubbly.
- Take out and lets stand for 5 min. before serving.
|good sized dollop|
|sauce on the bottom with manicotti seam side dow|
|Layer the sauce on then bake|
|then add mozzarella cheese and bake more.|