Crespelles; Cooking Italy
When reading this recipe I knew it was going to be a tricky one as it includes quite some mozarella as well as Parmezan. Having a guy who does not like cheese (….), I had the feeling it would possibly be too cheesy… And I was right.. He was not amused..lol
Ok, it happens maybe once or twice a year that I make something that he really does not like and today was one of those days! Of course I had anticipated that might happen, so to make up for it I had also prepared a delicious dessert with chocolate mousse which I knew he would love. You gotta do something to keep ‘m happy! Of course he has no reason to complain, if I may say so myself and he didn’t.. Well, mmm, not really; he pulled a disgusted face, pushed the plate aside and declared he would not be eating that. I was happy I had kept some of the ‘naked’ crespelles so he had those with icing sugar…
So what did I think of the crespelles? Making the pancakes was really easy. I am not sure how it is in other countries, but I always feel that making pancakes (which these crespelles really are) is something of a Dutch pastime. I grew up making pancakes, so that was really quite easy. The only thing was that they curled up a bit on one side as soon as you flipped them over. Not sure why that was but it didn’t really hurt anyone so nothing to worry about I would guess.
All in all this was a pretty straightforward and easy recipe, which I will undoubtedly not make again since it’s a bit too much work to make for one. I love to cook, but I love it even more when someone else actually enjoys eating it. It’s not fun when they look disgusted!
I did like the dish, although had I known that I would be eating it alone, I would have added more Parmesan to spice up the taste. Things cannot get too cheesy for me but since I still hoped (against my better judgment) he might eat it, I went easy on the cheese. So much for good manners!
I just took a few quick snaps, but that seems to be what I do most of the times these days. That is one of the advantages of things like dessert or cakes and cookies. You have much more time to take decent photographs of the finished products! With actual meals you have to be quick to prevent an uprising of hungry husbands…
Of the Marcella recipes I have made sofar this was definitely the quickest to make, so in that sense it was a real winner and it sure has potential. I might try a non cheesy version for next time. I think it’s quite versatile and would be easy to adjust to your own liking.
Here is the recipe!
Crespelles with prosciutto, tomatoes and and mozzarella (from Marcella Hazan, Essentials of Classics Italian cooking
For making the crespelles:
250 ml milk
85 gr flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
Put the milk in a bowl and while mixing gradually add the flour until it’s smooth. Add the eggs one by one and bring to taste with salt.
Bake the crespelle in a non skillet pan. You should be able to get 16 out of it according to the recipe but I got only about 10 and they weren’t big or thick, so not sure how that compares…
For the assembled dish:
8 tbsp of freshly grated parmesan
1,5 tbsp of chopped flatleave parsley
1 clove of garlic chopped
170 gr canned tomatoes (you could use fresh if you like)
8 tbsp finely chopped mozzarella
Take a small saucepan and saute the garlic, parsley and tomatoes. Reduce the fluids of the tomato and cook for about 15 minutes.
In a baking tin of about 22 cm wide (buttered slightly) put the largest crepe you made on the bottom and lightly spread with tomato sauce, sprinkle with Parmesan, shredded prosciutto and mozzarella and repeat this 8 times. Make sure you have enough tomatoe sauce left for the top crepe. Sprinkle with Parmesan on top and put in a preheated oven (200C) for 15 minutes.
I actually thought the 15 minutes was too short. They were warm but not hot, so I would advise leaving them a little longer in the oven.
O by the way; this was the Cooking Italy recipe for the week of september 7. I had not joined the cooking italy group at that point, but was intrigued by this recipe so wanted to make it regardless of missing the deadline… Just so you know I am posting outside of the time lines!