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Cheesy Manicotti Crepes

 Cheesy Manicotti Crepes
This entree may lack meat but it's loaded with three cheeses! Using homemade crepes instead of manicotti shells makes it special for holidays and other gatherings.—Lori Henry, Elkhart, Indiana
12 ServingsPrep: 2 hours + chilling Bake: 45 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • CREPES:
  • 6 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • FILLING:
  • 2 cartons (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt

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Cheesy Manicotti Crepes (continued)

Ingredients (continued)

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a large saucepan; combine the first 11 ingredients. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until
  • sauce is reduced to 5 cups, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat eggs and water. Combine flour and
  • salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1
  • hour. In a large bowl, combine filling ingredients. Cover and
  • refrigerate.
  • Heat 3/4 teaspoon oil in an 8-in. nonstick skillet. Stir crepe
  • batter; pour a scant 3 tablespoons into center of skillet. Lift and
  • tilt pan to coat bottom evenly. Cook until top appears dry; turn and
  • cook 15-20 seconds longer. Remove to a wire rack. Repeat with
  • remaining batter, using remaining oil as needed. When cool, stack
  • crepes with waxed paper or paper towels in between.
  • Spread about 1/4 cup filling down the center of each crepe; roll up
  • and place 12 crepes in each of two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
  • dishes. Spoon sauce over top. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50
  • minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 2 crepes equals 410 calories, 23 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 185 mg cholesterol, 1,313 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.