Recipe courtesy of Gabriel Viti

Crespelle with Spinach and Taleggio

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 40 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

Crepes:

1 1/4 cups whole milk

5 ounces all-purpose flour

1 ounce unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing

Dash salt

4 eggs

Filling and Sauce:

1 pound spinach

1/2 cup taleggio cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 

Directions

Special equipment:
piping bag and tip
  1. For the crepes: Combine the milk, flour, butter, salt and eggs in a mixing bowl. Whip until smooth, and strain out any lumps. Let rest for at least 1 hour. 
  2. Heat a crepe pan (or an 8-inch nonstick saute pan) over medium heat and coat with some butter, draining off any excess. Add enough batter to thinly cover the bottom of the pan, about 1/4 cup. Cook over medium heat until the batter appears cooked. Remove the crepe from the pan and reserve. Repeat the process until all of the batter has been used. 
  3. For the filling and sauce: Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Prepare an ice water bath. Add the spinach to the boiling water and let sit for 30 to 60 seconds. Immediately move the spinach to the ice water bath, or run cool water over it in a colander to stop the cooking process. Squeeze all of the water out of the spinach. Combine the taleggio and spinach in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Fill a piping bag halfway with the mixture. Place the crepes on a flat surface. Pipe 1 1/2 tablespoons of the spinach and cheese mixture onto the middle of each crepe. Roll up the crepe and reserve. Repeat with the remaining crepes and filling.
  5. Combine the cream, milk and Parmigiano-Reggiano in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Pour over the crepes and serve.

Cook’s Note

Taleggio can be swapped out for any soft-ripening cheese. Dark leafy greens such as Swiss chard, escarole or rapini may be substituted for the spinach.

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