Ricotta and Goat Cheese Crespelle

Crespelle are Italian crepes—paper-thin pancakes filled with anything that inspires you. Here, a savory two-cheese filing is used, but you could just as well roll them with sautéed mushrooms, warm ratatouille, or a dessert filling like fresh peaches, bananas, and chocolate sauce, or berries and crème fraîche.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Medium


Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, divided
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1¼ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 8 oz. ricotta, drained over cheesecloth or a fine strainer
  • 4 oz. fresh goat cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped basil

Directions

  • For the crepes, whisk together the flour and 3 eggs until they form a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the milk, olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Heat a 10" nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a teaspoon butter, and spread it around the pan with a brush or the corner of a towel. Add ¼ cup of batter to the pan. Swirl the pan around in a circular pattern to evenly distribute the batter.
  • Cook undisturbed until the edges become visibly brown. Using a wooden or rubber spatula, lift the edge of the crepe from the pan. Quickly flip the crepe using your fingers or a wooden spoon. Cook for 30 seconds on the second side, then slide onto a plate; keep warm while you repeat the procedure with remaining batter. Crepes can be stacked 1 atop the other for storage.
  • To make the Crespelle, Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" × 13" baking dish with remaining butter. Spread tomato sauce on bottom of baking dish.
  • Whisk together the ricotta, goat cheese, parsley, remaining egg, remaining salt, and pepper. Place 1½ tablespoons filling onto the bottom third of a crepe; roll away from yourself, forming a filled cylinder. Repeat with remaining crepes. Line them up in the baking dish and top with mozzarella cheese
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until tops are slightly crisp. Garnish with chopped basil leaves.