Valentine's Manicotti

Alright folks! I promised in my St. Patrick's Day cupcake post the other day that I would be trying to get our Valetine's post up soon and here I am following through on my promise! I present to you today our traditional Valentine's manicotti! If you're new to the blog then allow with me to share our past Valentine meals - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. I don't think we ever intentionally set out to make manicotti a traditional Valentine's meal but after we had done it two years in a row I guess we stuck to it!

We do enjoy putting a different spin on the manicotti. The first year we tried a spinach manicotti and then the next three years were a traditional tomato sauce based manicotti, and then last year we did lasagna roll-ups with our homemade pasta. This year we were ready to mix it up again! We decided to do a more authentic manicotti - made with crepes!


We loosely followed this recipe for the authentic manicotti but mainly used it as inspiration.
For the crepes we followed our recipe from Mario Batali we've been using for quite awhile now.
For the filling we mixed together 2 lb ricotta, 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan, salt and pepper, and an Italian seasoning blend. We would put about 1/4 cup of that in the crepe and then some slices of fresh mozzarella.
And for the tomato-meat sauce we used some frozen homemade bolognese sauce.


We served the manicotti with a side salad and then mini tiramisus for dessert!! They were amazing!


1/2 cup of whipping cream
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
4 ounces of mascarpone cheese
8 lady fingers
1/3 cup of strong coffee or espresso
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 small chocolate barDirections
To make the cream filling, whip the whipping cream until thickened - about 3 minutes.  Add sugar and vanilla and whip together until stiff.  Incorporate in mascarpone cheese slowly until well combined.  Set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together coffee and sugar.  In two parfait glasses or other sort of individual serving bowls, put two lady fingers in the bottom of each.  Pour 1/4 of the coffee mixture on top of the lady fingers in each glass.  Spoon in 1/4 of mascarpone cheese and whipped cream mixture into each.  Top with two more lady fingers and coffee mixture.  Top with the remaining cream mixture.
To finish, make chocolate shavings with a vegetable peeler on a bar of chocolate.  Refrigerate up to 2 days.


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Nacho thought he would be part of the Valentine's decor

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