October 26, 2010

Crespelle with Butternut Squash in a Sage Béchamel Sauce

4 people
Preparation: 15’
Cooking Time: 60’
Difficulty: 2

·       1 Butternut Squash
·       5 tablespoons unsalted  butter
·      5-6 leaves of sage
·      ½ cup all purpose- flour
·       4 cups warm whole milk
·       ½ teaspoon salt
·       Pinch of ground pepper
·       Pinch of grated nutmeg, plus more to taste
·    3 large eggs
·      150g of flour
·       30g of sugar
·       ½ tablespoon of salt
·       375ml of milk 
·   4 tablespoons of olive oil

Whip the eggs in a cup
Put the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl adding the milk slowly while whipping the mixture
Add the eggs and whip until the mixture is smooth and even
Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 30’
Once removed from the fridge, whip the mixture to ensure consistency
Oil the pan and place on low/medium heat
Remove pan and Pour one ladle of the mixture on to the pan rotating the pan to cover
Place pan back on stove and cook on low-medium heat, flipping to cook the other side (1-2min)
Continue adding oil when needed until all 12 crepes are finished

Steam Butternut squash until tender, remove from pot and mash with a fork until completely smooth while dashing in some nutmeg and brown sugar – set aside

Béchamel Sauce:
In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat
Add sage and sauté for about 10 minutes
Mix in the flour and whisk until smooth (about 2 minutes)
Gradually add the warm milk, whisking constantly to prevent any lumps from forming
Simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until sauce is thick, smooth and creamy – about 10 min (do not allow to boil!)
Remove from heat and stir in ½ teaspoon of salt and as much pepper and nutmeg as you wish. (I like a lot of nutmeg!!)

 Now you're ready to join all three flavours together. Wrap the crepe around the butternut squash and spread the Béchamel on top.  TA -- DA!  So yummmmmmmy.

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**this recipe was a combination from "Oggi Cucino Io," "Everyday Italian" and my memory of making it watching others make it, while intoxicated, at Trish's house several years ago.


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