March 21, 2011
Success! Manly Manicotti
The Dooley and Doolia family motto 'together forever in every endeavor,' sounds loud and clear once again.
Undaunted by yesterday's flop, we gallantly returned to the kitchen tonight to try out the recipe for Manicotti from The Complete America's Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook.
We had everything on hand for the recipe except the right kind of canned tomatoes. The recipe called for 2 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes, but we had crushed tomatoes instead. So we eliminated the step of processing the diced tomatoes. It probably meant that we had less liquid in our sauce than the Test Kitchen intended. But I would say the finished product was even prettier than the photo in the cookbook. The picture of their plated manicotti looked squashed flat; ours were plump and round.
The prep was surprisingly simple, and with the two of us working together, surprisingly fast. The recipe has a clever twist from typical manicotti recipes--and that is to use no-boil lasagne noodles that you have softened in water, spread the filling on, and rolled up. The filling is very traditional three cheese filling with eggs and herbs.
When it came out of the oven all toasty brown and bubbly, we could hardly wait the 15 minutes they say to wait before serving. When we finally sank our teeth into these lucious filled noodles, we were in heaven. We couldn't help laughing with delight. Dinner of the gods!
Posted by jdooley at March 21, 2011 07:58 PM
Found your blog via Twitter. I LOVE the ATK cookbooks. Just purchased the Slow Cooker Revolution last week, and have half a dozen others, plus magazines. (I love to cook.)
This blog is hosted by U of M, and you mentioned Lansing: I grew up in Pinckney, but now live in South Carolina.
Good luck on your cooking/blogging/healing venture!
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