Have you ever heard of Meatball Crepes? I know I hadn't .... until I arrived at my brother's home and my nephew said he would make them for our dinner one night while I was visiting. He had taken a class on a cruise they went on last year and learned how to flip the crepe in the pan. :) I was definitely game on for his cooking one night. I was thinking "how cool, I've cooked with my brother in the kitchen, and now I get to cook with my nephew!" What fun we had too! We had a few crepes hit the floor and the laugh that gave my mother was priceless!
I think I never took so many photos of one thing in my life - or maybe my mom took more than I did! I know we were really having a lot of fun and were excited that Austin wanted to cook! Below is a progression of his making the meatballs and crepes.
Once all the crepes were made and it was time to assemble, I had Austin assemble his plate for me to photograph. He did a pretty darn good job with the presentation too!
Now, how did they taste? Excellent! He did a great job all around and I actually tried something I had never heard of and now am excited to share it with you!
Stay tuned for the dessert crepes - they required a little more help from me, but they turned out awesome too!
Meatball and Tomato Sauce Filling (for crepes)
1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped herbs, (basil, oregano, parsley) - we used dried and went with 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp oregano, and 1 tbsp parsley)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (we kind of forgot this in the mixture!)
1 large egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 jar of your favorite tomato pasta sauce
Preheat oven to 355 degrees. In large bowl, mix together beef, onion, garlic, herbs, breadcrumbs, and egg until combined. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
Using an ice cream scoop, portion out the meatballs into round balls. Bake meatballs until cooked through (15-20 minutes).
Place two meatballs in a line down the middle of the crepe (see recipe below), drizzle a little pasta sauce on top of the meatballs, roll the crepe and top with more mozzarella cheese and sauce.
Savory Crepe Dough
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
3 large eggs
1 cup milk
salt and pepper
Mix dry ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients in a food processor until smooth. (we did this the old fashioned way - by hand with a whisk!).
Spray small non stick pan with cooking spray. Pour enough batter to make a thin layer when the pan is swirled. Cook for minute on each side, or until golden brown. Put on a plate to cool until they are ready to be filled.