NEW! Google Custom Search

Loading

Chicken cannellonni

AmyElliesMom's picture

Okay, I used to work at (evil chain restaraunt) Macaroni Grill years ago. They made chicken cannellonni there, but they were wrapped in a soft noodle - like a tortilla.

Has anyone ever had them there, or had something similar? I want to make these for dinner next week, and I'm not sure how to duplicate the wrapper. It wasn't thick like a lasagna noodle, but I'm thinking maybe it was fresh pasta (I didn't work that area - I did desserts and bread)? Would a fresh pasta sheet be similar in mouth feel to a tortilla (in an enchilada)?

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair. ~ George Burns

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

elizaram's picture

(post #31014, reply #1 of 12)

My edition of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook (early 90's) has a recipe for cannelloni using crepes to wrap the filling. It's actually pretty good, and a lot easier than stuffing those tube pasta thingys.



When I was young, all my friends were imaginary. Now that I'm older, all my friends are virtual.

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #31014, reply #3 of 12)

Yes, crepes! They were very much like crepes! I think I'll make them with crepes.

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair. ~ George Burns

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

MadMom's picture

(post #31014, reply #2 of 12)

Try this recipe.  Cannelloni definitely are not wrapped in anything resembling a tortilla, more of a pasta.



Macaroni Grill Chicken Cannelloni

Source: Macaroni Grill


Cannelloni Filling
8 ounces chicken breast (about 2), cooked thoroughly
1 ounce fresh spinach, chopped
1 ounce sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
16 ounces ricotta cheese
3 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon table-ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
12 lasagna pasta sheets, approximate size of 5 x 6 inches


Cannelloni Sauce
16 ounces Asiago cream sauce, or your favorite Alfredo sauce
16 ounces Macaroni Grill tomato sauce, or your favorite
    tomato-based pasta sauce
3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated


Once the chicken breast has been cooked thoroughly, allow it to cool to an internal temperature of 45 degrees F.


Dice the cooled chicken breast into 1/2-inch pieces and place into a large mixing bowl. Add spinach, tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella, pepper and salt, and mix thoroughly.


Arrange precooked pasta sheets on a cutting board and place two or three rounded tablespoons of filling mixture down the center of each pasta sheet and carefully roll pasta around filling in a cigar fashion. Place the rolled cannelloni, side by side, into an ovenproof shallow baking dish. Place Asiago sauce (or Alfredo sauce) and tomato sauce in bowl and mix until well incorporated. Pour sauce over cannelloni covering completely. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over top of sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes.


Remove foil and continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached. Remove from oven and serve family style or on individual plates garnished with fresh diced tomatoes, and basil or Italian parsley.


Serves 6.




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!
AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #31014, reply #4 of 12)

I know MOST cannellonni is made with noodles, but these were DEFINITELY not noodly, and that's what made them different. Thanks for finding that recipe - I think that may have been one I found yesterday and maybe where I got the lasagna noodle idea. Do you think they mean fresh lasagna or dried?

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair. ~ George Burns

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #31014, reply #5 of 12)

Sounds like what they call "crespelli" or something rather - maybe wop can help

I made this quite a few times in the past - it is a batter almost like crepe, but not quite - I have the recipe at home, it was shown in the Frugal Gourmet Cooks Italian series.

It is delicious - if you can wait a little, I can type the recipe for you tonight, unless someone has his book handy and is willing to do the work... :-)

MadMom's picture

(post #31014, reply #6 of 12)

Mean probably has it...I'm sure he has all the Frugal Gourmet cookbooks.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Glenys's picture

(post #31014, reply #7 of 12)

Crespelle, you're right. I'm not sure if they're filled with much more than a cheesey filling traditionally but crêpes they are.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #31014, reply #8 of 12)

I make mine with a simple ricotta filling, and tomato sauce on top - then baked in the oven

Good to be reminded of it - it's been way too long since I made it

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #31014, reply #10 of 12)

At Macaroni Grill (as you can see by the above recipe), they take chicken and cook it in a white sauce and that's the filling. Very creamy, very rich. Then, they'd put more white sauce on top, and bake it and it was just creamy and homey and so comforting.

It looks like what they serve may have changed since I worked there - it was over 10 years ago, so I'm sure it has.

I worked there back when they were trying to have a seasonal menu. These were on the "winter" menu.

Now that I know what the dern things are wrapped in, I can use the recipe above and figure the rest of it out!

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair. ~ George Burns

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

elizaram's picture

(post #31014, reply #11 of 12)

I remember the first time I saw a Macaroni Grill, about 10 years ago - I was on a trip to Chicago with a friend. We looked at the sign, then looked at each other, and said, "Why would anyone want to grill macaroni?" :-)



When I was young, all my friends were imaginary. Now that I'm older, all my friends are virtual.

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #31014, reply #9 of 12)

Cool - it has an actual name and I'm not crazy!

I like regular cannelloni, too. I've just got the fiercest craving for the Macaroni Grill ones.

I can wait, though. I'm planning on making them next week sometime.

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair. ~ George Burns

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

Gretchen's picture

(post #31014, reply #12 of 12)

I have made them with crepes.

Gretchen

Gretchen