Daring Cook's Challenge this month is Cannelloni. This was sort of like an Italian crepe. There were several variations. I chose di carne--meat version, and di magro--a spinach version. This was a challenge from Manu of Manusmenu, who lives in Australia, but is native Italian and grew up in Milan. The recipes were wonderful, but a lot of work. She said these are for special occasions like Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Can totally understand why both flavor-wise and effort-wise. Will definitely try pasta more often, though.
|Cannelloni di carne for dinner tonight--absolutely delicious.|
|Di carne version ready for oven in stone casserole dish. Fit 11 in there. Used four for dinner, then froze rest for when Sonny and his family get here on their cross-country move back to Washington in a couple weeks.|
The meat sauce was a mixture of ground beef and ground pork sausage. It called for white wine, but since we don't use alcohol, I used some balsamic vinegar. Hubby shopped for me and couldn't find more than one small piece of parmesan, so shredded it along with some gouda and manchego cheeses. Bechemal sauce is delicious...time consuming, but well worth it.
|Two sheets rolled out the first time, then realized they were way too thick and re-rolled them. Glad I did that as they puff up a bit in the water.|
|Lots of left overs so a tray full of hearts.|
|Used one quarter of a piece of paper as the pattern for my sheets and pizza cutter to cut them.|
|Made 9 di magro cannelloni--four in this very old pyrex dish and five into a brand new dish.|
Not sure I'd ever make this again--it's delicious, but too much work for this oldie!! Saw an easy version Jamie Oliver has, so might try that. As it was, I spent three days working on this as I had the energy. Hope everyone likes it!Blog-checking lines: Manu from Manu’s Menu was our Daring Cooks lovely June hostess and has challenged us to make traditional Italian cannelloni from scratch! We were taught how to make the pasta, filling, and sauces shared with us from her own and her family’s treasured recipes!