Baked filled savoury pancakes served with tomato sauce

baked crespelleCrespelle are the Italian equivalent to pancakes. The pancakes are filled with a savoury mixture, then baked and served with a tomato sauce. They are simple to prepare and make a different but nutritious meal.

Ingredients:

Serves: 4

Makes: 8 x pancakes using a 16 cm round pan

For the crespelle :
250 g plain flour
4 eggs
500 ml milk
pinch of Salt
40 g Bertolli Spread, melted, & extra for greasing and dotting
For the filling :
300 g ricotta
100 g rocket, finely chopped
50 g parmesan cheese, freshly grated & extra for sprinkling
A little salt & pepper
For the sauce :
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 x 410 g can plum tomatoes, chopped
handful of fresh basil, roughly chopped

some rocket to garnish (optional)

Method:

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, add the eggs and stir, gradually whisking in the milk, ensuring no lumps are formed, until you obtain a smooth runny batter, then stir in the melted Bertolli Spread.

Place the frying pan on the heat, grease with a little Bertolli Spread, then add a ladleful of the mixture in the centre of the pan. Swirl the pan around so that the mixture runs to all sides. Fry until the bottom is golden and flip over to cook on the other side. Remove and set aside. Continue to do this until your mixture has finished – you should end up with 8 pancakes.

Preheat the oven to 200 C,190 C fan oven, Gas mark 6.

For the filling – Combine all the ingredients mixing well. Spread some of the filling onto each pancake, then fold each one in half and again in half ending up with a triangle. Gently grease an ovenproof dish with Bertolli Spread and place the pancake triangles inside slightly overlapping each other. Dot with Bertolli Spread and sprinkle with some parmesan. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

Remove and top with about a spoonful of tomato sauce on each pancake. Garnish with some rocket and serve.

Bertolli is calling on the nation to back its best Italian delis in the second annual Bertolli Spread Olive D’Oro Awards. To vote for your favourite deli visit http://www.bertolli.co.uk/competition

 

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