Cooking Italy: Crespelle Layered with Tomato and Prosciutto~

20 09 2009

Well…almost.  I didn’t have prosciutto in the fridge when the time finally came, and neither did the store I was in…so we went with (shhhhh) ham.  If it gets better by using prosciutto, oh my! That’s pretty hard to imagine!  We’re cooking from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, and this is a two-for-one recipe.  Crespelles, which are very crepe-like and the sauce just a page later. Both recipes are extremely easy and go together in no time.

I’m playing catch-up and have heard nothing but good about these recipes, so I made the full batch of crespelles, even though a half recipe is called for. I just had a feeling I was going to want a full batch in the long run, and they freeze really well.  I got 15 out of an anticipated 16-18.  My ladle might be a bit generous…or my hand!  I’ll edit and post images of the crepes as soon as I figure out how to get them from the camera’s memory to my computer…they aren’t on the card. I hope I don’t have to sacrifice them.

The sauce was really easy to put together.  I can’t get imported Italian plum tomatoes, but I can get fresh Roma tomatoes, so I used about 1 cup of those, and cooked them down a little longer with just a touch more salt (to replace what would have been used in canning).   The sauce was amazing!  What flavor out of so few ingredients!

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I’ve been invited to fix this recipe again as soon as possible.  It’s light, delightfully flavorful and a real show stopper.  Once the crespelle are made, the rest is a piece of cake. It takes mere minutes to assemble the tower, I folded mine, and sauced between each layer.  We wished I’d made 4 servings…we’d have eaten more! That’s ok.  It’s on the menu for Tuesday night after chorus…so if you don’t have anything going on about 9:30…9:45 Tuesday night, come on over.  We’re having layered crespelle!

Tasting notes:  The sauce is on the sweet side, but with a fresh taste that is so incredible!  It’s hard to imagine we’re only talking about garlic, parsley and tomatoes cooked in olive oil.  I’d use this in a heart beat instead of reaching for a jar – when I have everything!  I’m anxious to play with this and work with it a little.  It’s an incredibly great fresh base sauce.  What a great choice of books to learn from!

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Annual September Hiatus~

20 09 2009

I don’t know why I just don’t admit it to myself…September is a killer month for me.  School starts the end of August and the next 4 weeks are a whirl of activity I can barely keep up with.  I’m so very far behind with my cooking groups that it’s scary! But…it is what it is.  I’ve cooked when I could, in some of the more unusual circumstances…LOL! You’ll get the idea when I get the pictures up.

I have cooked, most nights…not always from scratch, but I have cooked. Trader Joe’s has been a real pal! We’ve had a lot of pasta dishes…very easy to put together. I replayed the zucchini-pasta dish with the zucchini cut into batons…and it was ok. We liked the coins better.  I’ve used a lot of interesting sausages with different sauces and pastas to see what we like.  We prefer the red sauces to the heavy cream and cheese sauces…although they do have their place!  Right now Arrabiatta is our favorite.  I’m looking for a recipe for one that reads the way my mouth tastes it.

I’ll work on the posts for the dishes I have finished…Minestrone…is that all? I suppose it is…and I didn’t take photos, so it’s hard to post what I don’t have.  Ok…well, today is a cooking day because I finally feel like it!  Today we’ll be making bolognese and crespelle for Cooking Italy, then traveling over to see just how out of sync we are at Whisk Wednesday, where our Fearless Leader (seriously!!) has begun her Le Cordon Bleu courses!!  These latter courses have been very difficult due to ingredients. I have no desire to try a chicken version of a veal dish. I want VEAL!! Oops. Sorry… If you’re a member of PETA, my apologies…

Now…it’s time to rotate the laundry…yes, food bloggers usually do laundry too!…and get that stove up and running! I’m in the mood for FOOD!