Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Canelones

I woke up Sunday morning to a beautiful breakfast made by my sweetheart and some beautiful tulips in a vase on the table. He made biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs (seriously...he makes the world's BEST scrambled eggs!), and bacon. It was SO good. Anyway, I wanted to show you the beautiful tulips he bought. What a sweetie!
I forgot to take a picture of breakfast, so I thought I'd blog my Mother's Day Dinner. My hunny asked me what I wanted for my Mother's Day dinner and after thinking about it for a little while I thought of these!! Tony had never made these before and so he told me I had to think of something else that he could make and I told him that I would just help him and that he and the kids could just do the dishes and that would be just fine with me!! Anyway, I haven't had or made these for probably a few years now and they are one of my favorite that I grew up with. It is a dish from South American that my Dad loved while he was serving his mission there. After my Dad & Mom were married my Mom found this recipe and it has been one of our family favorites ever since. My Dad says it's not quite the same as the authentic stuff from Uraguay, but it sure is tasty. It's a little time consuming, but pretty darn easy. You've got to try these!

Canelones
(South American Dish)

Crepes:
2 1/4 cups flour
3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
milk
Beat eggs. Add flour and salt. Add enough milk to make a runny batter. It needs to be pretty thin. Heat skillet between medium and medium high heat. Lightly grease skillet then pour batter (about 1/4-1/2 cup) and turn skillet around to spread the batter as far our as you can thus making them thin. Brown it on both sides and then pile on a plate. It browns quickly so keep an eye on them!

Filling:
1 lb. hamburger
1 onion chopped
2 cups tomatoes (I just use one can of diced tomatoes)
1 can kernal corn
1 can (4oz.) green chillies
salt & pepper to taste
Brown hamburger and onion together in a large skillet. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

White sauce:
1 cube butter or margarine
1/2 to 3/4 cup of flour
4 cups milk
Salt & pepper to taste

Melt butter in the microwave in a large microwave safe bowl. Add the flour, starting with 1/2 cup and stir into the butter. Add more flour as needed. The mixture should be pretty thick. Then slowly add the milk a little at a time and whisk in between. When all the milk is added put it in the microwave for about 3 minutes. Whisk real good. Return to the microwave for 2 more minutes. Whisk. 2 more minutes. Whisk. Keep doing this until the mixture thickens to a gravy consistency. Sometime during this process add some salt & pepper too!:)

Assembly:
Pour a little bit of white sauce in the bottom of a 9 X 13 pan. Then put some of the filling inside of a crepe and roll tightly and place in the pan.
Keep doing this until the pan is full.
Pour the rest of the white sauce over the top of the filled crepes and top with cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sauce bubbles.

The picture just doesn't do these guys justice. They really are so good and my kids (who pick out tomatoes from everything) DEVOURED this dish. They all loved it! YUMMY!
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