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Classic… with a twist

Classic… with a twist

You’ll be amazed by this lasagna recipe inspired by French and Italian culinary traditions.

Fusion cuisine

What do the following have in common: a cronut (croissant-doughnut), pizza-tacos, and General Tao poutine? Other than being hilarious foodie offeringas, they’re all born of the magic of fusion, where two or more countries’ culinary traditions are mixed together with glee. Fusion cuisine had its heyday in the nineties, and it’s come back with a bang, offering eaters unusual ingredient combinations that impress even the pickiest palates. Our crepe lasagna recipe has fusion at its heart, marrying Italian comfort food with a Breton classic!

Clever cooking

One of the great things about this recipe is its ability to adapt not only to your personal taste, but to what you have left in the fridge. Hungry for some examples? Try it with ham, Bechamel sauce and mushrooms, or bacon and kale. If you’re in rush after work, you can simply top the dish off with leftover homemade or store-bought Bolognese. This recipe is sure to make a splash at brunch due to the refined flavours and velvety texture of the ricotta and spinach.

Crepe lasagna

Preparation: 40 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Cost per serving: About $4
8 servings

Crepes
375 mL (1 1/2 cups) flour
2 eggs
500 mL (2 cups) milk
1 pinch of nutmeg
Salt and pepper

Filling
1 French shallot, finely chopped
1 L (4 cups) baby spinach
1 L (4 cups) ricotta
500 mL (2 cups) grated Parmesan
125 mL (1/2 cup) chopped basil
1 egg
375 mL (1 1/2 cups) store-bought or homemade thick tomato sauce
1 L (4 cups) grated mozzarella
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 200ºC (400ºF). 2. Crepes: In a large bowl, combine flour, eggs and milk. Whisk until batter is smooth. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper. 3. In a non-stick pan, cook 10 thin crepes approximately 23 cm (9 inches) in diameter. 4. Filling: In a pan over medium heat, sauté the shallot in some oil, then add spinach. 5. Continue cooking until the spinach has wilted. Let cool. 6. In a bowl, combine the spinach with the ricotta, Parmesan, basil and egg. Season with salt and pepper. 7. To assemble, place a crepe on the base of a springform pan. Cover with a layer of the ricotta-spinach mixture. Continue to assemble, alternating between the crepes and the spinach mixture. After every third crepe, add a layer of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Top the last crepe with a final layer of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. 8. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until top is golden.

Tips

Make the crepes in advance to cut down on kitchen cooking time. Stored in the fridge on a plate covered with plastic wrap, crepes will stay fresh for at least two days. If you want to freeze them, make sure you carefully separate each crepe with a layer of waxed paper so they don’t freeze as a solid block. Place in the microwave for a few seconds to thaw. Don’t forget: Just like classic lasagna, this dish is easy to make and gets better over time — it’s especially good the next day!

What to drink with this crepe lasagna?

When served at brunch, rosés with the Fruity and Light taste tag are always popular because of their freshness and drinkable attributes. These ricotta-spinach crepes need a low-intensity wine so the delicate taste of the ingredients isn’t lost. A successful pairing could be a rosé from Provence, where you can almost taste the warm sun and feel like you’re on vacation. Pick a bottle that features notes of small red fruit and lively acidity in order to highlight the basil and tomato. Languedoc is another winning winemaking locale to consider, as rosés from that region are often dry and refreshing, with rich aromas.

Cono Sur Bicicleta Reserva Pinot noir

$10.10$10.60

Cono Sur Bicicleta Reserva Pinot noir

Rosé750 mlChile
Cono Sur Bicicleta Reserva Pinot noir

Cono Sur Bicicleta Reserva Pinot noir

$10.10$10.60

Rosé750 mlChile, Valle CentralSAQ code : 11959348
Roseline

$14.95

Roseline

Rosé750 mlFrance
Roseline

Roseline

$14.95

Rosé750 mlFrance, Sud-EstSAQ code : 00534768
Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes

$12.65

Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes

Rosé750 mlFrance
Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes

Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes

$12.65

Rosé750 mlFrance, Languedoc-RoussillonSAQ code : 10510354
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Syrah, 
  • Grenache, 
  • Cinsault

These light wines are characterized by their simple fruity aromas, the sensation of freshness they leave, and their unassuming structure. They must be consumed young. A great companion to chicken, white meats and this lasagna.

Homemade bread… camping style!

Homemade bread is one of life’s little pleasures. Now imagine making your own loaf of breadin the great outdoors! You can cook your bread over a fire, just like you would marshmallows. Simply wrap your dough around the end of a long stick and slowly turn over the hot flames until done. Enjoy!

Campfire bacon and black olive fougasse

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Cost per portion: about $0.50
Makes 6 to 8 portions

1 L (4 cups) all-purpose flour
5 mL (1 tsp.) salt
375 mL (1 3/4 cups) warm water
5 mL (1 tsp.) active dry yeast
30 mL (2 tbsp.) olive oil
250 mL (1 cup) grated Parmesan
125 mL (1/2 cup) cooked bacon (you can swap bacon for pancetta or ham cubes)
125 mL (1/2 cup) black olives, roughly chopped
15 mL (1 tbsp.) Herbes de Provence
6 to 8 branches, approximately 1 m (3 feet) long and 2 cm (¾ inch) thick, bark removed

1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. 2. In another bowl, stir together water and yeast. Let sit for approximately 5 minutes, or until yeast has completely dissolved. 3. Add dry ingredients to liquid ingredients. Mix well. 4. Add Parmesan, bacon, olives, and Herbes de Provence. Knead until dough is elastic and smooth. 5. Cover and let rise in a humid and warm location for 2 hours, or until dough has doubled in size. 6. While dough is rising, prepare your fire. 7. Once dough has doubled in size, divide into 6 or 8 portions and shape into sausage-like forms. Wrap each portion around the end of a stick. 8. Cook over embers for 10 to 15 minutes, turning constantly until all sides are golden brown. Cooking time will vary depending on dough thickness and heat of the embers.

Domaine Martinolles Pinot Noir Pays d'Oc

$15.60

Domaine Martinolles Pinot Noir Pays d'Oc

Red wine750 mlFrance
Domaine Martinolles Pinot Noir Pays d'Oc

Domaine Martinolles Pinot Noir Pays d'Oc

$15.60

Red wine750 mlFrance, Languedoc-RoussillonSAQ code : 13806100
Canti Barbera d'Asti Superiore

$13.50

Canti Barbera d'Asti Superiore

Red wine750 mlItaly
Canti Barbera d'Asti Superiore

Canti Barbera d'Asti Superiore

$13.50

Red wine750 mlItaly, PiedmontSAQ code : 00523142
Sartori Valpolicella Superiore

$13.75

Sartori Valpolicella Superiore

Red wine750 mlItaly
Sartori Valpolicella Superiore

Sartori Valpolicella Superiore

$13.75

Red wine750 mlItaly, VenetoSAQ code : 00026021

DISCOVER OUR WINE-FOOD PAIRING IDEAS FOR FALL CAMPFIRE MEALS:

+PRESERVE PARTY
+FEAST IN THE WOODS
+COOKED OVER AN OPEN FIRE
+AUTUMN VEGETABLES
+FIRESIDE GOURMET

Photos: David De Stefano

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