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Old 12-13-2013, 09:01 PM   #11
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All my life I have had only the ricotta cheese and I hate it. I would love to taste something different. I hate it in lasagna also. I have never made either dish because I hate the ricotta. When I am served one of them, I pull out the ricotta and leave it on my plate. Just eat the macaroni and sauce. I prefer raviolis with a meat filling also. Any filling that isn't ricotta.
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All my life I have had only the ricotta cheese and I hate it. I would love to taste something different. I hate it in lasagna also. I have never made either dish because I hate the ricotta. When I am served one of them, I pull out the ricotta and leave it on my plate. Just eat the macaroni and sauce. I prefer raviolis with a meat filling also. Any filling that isn't ricotta.
Addie, you should try Luca Lazzari's lasagne recipe. It doesn't have any ricotta at all.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:10 PM   #13
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Addie, you should try Luca Lazzari's lasagne recipe. It doesn't have any ricotta at all.
Will take a look and pass on the suggestion to my daughter. She is the one who makes it in the family.
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Will take a look and pass on the suggestion to my daughter. She is the one who makes it in the family.
Here's the link. Luca’s meat lasagna easy recipe – Franca’s style
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Aunt Bea----- everyone else has some good ideas but yours takes my eye today----- do you have a recipe for that or a good guess-i-mate? I'd probably add some Italian type spices because I love them.

CraigC had something like that too.
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I don't use a recipe for things like this, I just cook. This recipe would be a good guide to get started. I add an egg for a binder and a 1/4 cup or so of dried bread crumbs to soak up any liquid from the ricotta cheese and the vegetables. If you use spinach really work to squeeze out the excess water. These are nice with a tomato based meat sauce or an alfredo type sauce with some small flecks of red and green pepper added.

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Craig and I don't use a recipe either for our cheese filling. I use either the small or the large ricotta container depending on how much we decided to make (the stuffed shells freeze very well individually on a sheet pan in freezer and then bagged to pull out as needed later on) and then I just dump in shredded mozzarella and grated parm plus S&P and nutmeg until we like the taste and then I put in 2 eggs for the small, 4 for the large batch. I'll admit I also taste after I add the eggs but I don't have any problems to contradict eating raw egg and we make fresh mayo quite often as well.

A little old Italian lady told me to add the eggs to make a smoother texture and also to help spread if you are making lasagna. She made the best lasagna I've ever had and that was almost 30 years ago.

Reading this thread I came up with an idea. Stuffed shells alla vodka. That's going to be out next one. I'll take some thin sliced pancetta, fry, then break up and mix in with the filling and I'll top with a vodka sauce. That will probably be on the Christmas week's menu since we've already gone to grocery this week.
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A chicken filling similar to a chicken crouquette without the breading. Cover them with a supreme sauce or veloute sauce and bake until heated through.

My lazy sister fills them with pierogi filling and covers them with melted butter and onions, not bad!
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A chicken filling similar to a chicken crouquette without the breading. Cover them with a supreme sauce or veloute sauce and bake until heated through.

My lazy sister fills them with pierogi filling and covers them with melted butter and onions, not bad!

That sounds good!

Or how about filled with chicken salad and served cold on a bed of lettuce...
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That sounds good!

Or how about filled with chicken salad and served cold on a bed of lettuce...
Macaroni salad on steroids, I like that idea!

That would make a nice addition to a luncheon salad plate!
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