My daughter’s class had a multicultural celebration recently where each kid interviewed a relative about a recipe that’s been handed down in the family. My daughter interviewed my Mom about her manicotti recipe. Here’s part of what she learned:
"Manicotti is from Italy, and it’s been in my family since 1810. It was passed down from my great great-grandma De Luca to my grandmother in 1962 (after she got married). It was a very popular recipe in the village in Italy that my relatives came from. Can you believe that after all these years my grandmother never changed it?
It came from Naples, Italy and it is a common recipe for Italian Americans. My family eats it for Christmas every year. The recipe is great! Here it is…"
Manicotti: Great Great Grandma De Luca’s Recipe
Homemade Tomato Sauce
2 cups Flour
1 cup Milk
1 cup Water
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Sugar
1 T. Oil
Ingredients for Cheese Filling
2 lbs. Ricotta Cheese
8 oz. Mozzarella Cheese (cut into 1/3 inch cubes)
1/2 cup grated Romano Cheese
Salt and Pepper
2. Crepe Recipe (Makes 20-24 crepes)
If the first crepe is too heavy add more water to the batter (only a little at a time).
You will need a small frying pan 5 or 6 inches in diameter. Use butter or margarine to grease frying pan. Before making each crepe, swipe the stick of butter over the frying pan and then start again. The stovetop should be on medium heat. Use 1/4 to 1/3 cup of batter for each crepe. Cook crepes on each side until firm.
5. Put about a tablespoon of cheese filling into each crepe.
6. Fold over two sides of crepe over the cheese filling so it’s like a log.
7.Place all the filled crepes in a row in the pan. Then put a layer of sauce over top of all the crepes. You should be able to fit 8-10 crepes in the pan.
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