martedì 12 febbraio 2013

The February layer cake

To give a twist to a typical Carnival dish, I made a special layer cake, my personal interpretation of the classic Neapolitan lasagne: it isnt a light recipe, but since today is a holiday we can give ourselves a few extra calories!
The best thing about a dish like this is that you can put in whatever you want: The more you put, the more you get, as we say in Campania. Therefore, Ill give you the list of the ingredients for the filling that I chose, but I wont tell you the quantities so that youll be able to change them according to your taste:

Sheep’s milk ricotta
Neapolitan salami
Cow’s milk mozzarella
Pork, eggs, bread and parmesan for the meatballs
Tomato sauce
Béchamel sauce

I formed about 25 small meatballs that I put on a baking sheet lined with oven paper and I cooked them for about 15 minutes.

In the meantime I dissolved the ricotta in a few tablespoons of sauce, then I added the chopped mozzarella and salami, parmesan and finally the meatballs. I added the béchamel to the sauce and I poured a part of it over the bottom of a cake tin with a hole in the middle (see photo). At this point I cut the pasta for lasagne into vertical strips and I arranged them in the mould, taking care not to leave any spaces. I poured in another layer of filling, then I made another layer of pasta and so on.
I covered the top layer with the remaining sauce and I cooked the cake in the oven for about 20/25 minutes.
Before removing it from the mould I suggest you let it cool down a bit otherwise youll lose the special shape of this unusual lasagne.

English version by Maurizio de Santis
Special thanks to David Strong

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