These Crespelle (savoury crepes) are stuffed with ricotta, peas and ham and baked with a delicious Fontina cheese sauce!
Hello Friday, I'm so happy you are here!
It's been a very productive week so far, I've been so busy cooking away in the kitchen developing and testing recipes for the next few weeks and I've got so much deliciousness coming your way!
I'm also getting around to finishing my free E-book that will be available to new and current subscribers in the next couple weeks. Uggh I thought it would've been finished months ago but well...life happened and it got put off for far too long. Not to worry though, it's definitely on its way and I'm so excited to share it with you.
So what's on the menu today? Crespelle, that's what!
Crespelle are Italian savoury crepes that are normally filled with spinach and ricotta and topped with a simple bechamel sauce and a couple spoons of tomato passata. They are delicious!
Look at the cheesy goodness right here...
I decided to give these crespelle a very Spring-like makeover swapping the spinach for peas and cubes of prosciutto cotto or ham and topping it with a delicious cheesy bechamel sauce made from Fontina cheese.
Fontina cheese = LOVE. This cheese sauce is to die for, Fontina is a perfect melting cheese and has a lovely strong flavour but if you can't find it then Gruyere would be a great alternative.
The great thing about these savoury crepes is that you can make the crepes and the filling in advance then when you're ready to make dinner all that's left to do is make the cheese sauce (under 10 mins) and assemble the crespelle, simple! These are also great cold the next day with salad for either lunch or dinner.
Savoury crepes are always SO delicious and can be filled with just about anything. I also love filling my crespelle with wild mushrooms and taleggio cheese, spinach and ricotta and even left over ragú..oooh they are so good!
I hope you love this recipe just as much as I do!
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📖 Full Recipe
Crespelle - savoury crepes with peas, ham and fontina cheese
For the crespelle
- ~1 ¼ cups (150g) plain flour
- 2 eggs
- ~15 fl oz (450ml) milk
- ~4 tbsp (50g) butter melted
- Pinch salt
For the filling
- ~2 cups (500g) ricotta
- ~5.9 oz (170g) peas frozen
- ~3.5 oz (100g) ham cubed
- 1 egg
- 1 large handful basil chopped
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper
For the sauce
- ~4 tbsp (50g) butter
- ~ ½ cup (50g) plain flour
- ~2 cups (500ml) milk
- ~4.2 oz (120g) Fontina cheese
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- Salt and pepper
To make the crespelle batter
- Mix the flour and eggs in a large bowl. Gradually add the milk and the melted butter, whisk to as smooth a batter as possible then set aside for half an hour.
To make the filling
- Boil the frozen peas in boiling water for a couple minutes then run under cold water to stop them cooking any further.
- Add the ricotta and egg to a bowl and mix together. Add the cubed ham, peas, basil, parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F/gas mark 4. Lightly grease a large frying pan with a small knob of butter and place under a medium/low heat. Add a ladle of crespelle batter to the pan and swirl to form a crespella. When the top of the crespella starts to look dry, flip it over and fry the other side for a few seconds. Continue with the rest of the batter (you should have 8 crespelle).
To make the sauce
- Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the flour. Stir to a thick paste and cook for 1 minute. Slowly add one-third of the milk whisking constantly. When it starts to thicken add another third of milk and repeat until you’ve used all the milk. Add the fontina cheese keeping around 1 tablespoon for the topping and stir until melted.
- Lay a crespella out on a clean surface and cover one half with some of the filling (around 2 tbsp). Fold the crespella in half and then in half again (you can also roll them length ways if you prefer). Add it to a baking dish and repeat with the rest of the crespelle. Cover with the cheese sauce and top with the remaining tablespoon of fontina cheese then bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve.
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