Butternut Squash Florentine crespelle for GBC

Date novembre 21, 2012

Crespelle with ricotta and spinach are a typical dish of the Florentine tradition: they look like thin pancakes and are filled and rolled up as cannelloni, as they were fresh pasta.

Apparently Caterina de’ Medici, a Florentine noblewoman who married the future king of France Henry II in 1533, was so attached to her native food that she took a crowd of Florentine chefs and our crespelle to France, later named by our transalpine cousins crêpes. Nowadays you can order crespelle alla fiorentina in many traditional taverns in Florence, but it’s worth losing some time and making them at home, to celebrate a special day, or just to treat your beloved ones with a rich first course.

Once you know how to make and roll up crespelle, you can set tradition aside for a moment, play with the ingredients and fill them with your favourite seasonal vegetables or even a meat or fish sauce (look for example at Emiko’s crespelle verdi di pesce).

Now, in autumn, pumpkins and butternut squashes are generously piled in markets and vegetable stalls. Roasted butternut squash with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and black pepper is my favourite autumn side dish. You can use leftover roasted butternut squash or even roast a whole tray of squash just for this recipe, saving a few slices for your next meal.

If you are curious to discover this recipe, please head to Great British Chefs, where you’ll learn how to make and roll a crespella and you’ll find a suggestion for a seasonal filling. This is the first recipe I’ve written for Great British Chefs, I am really proud of this chance they gave me: I will add a Tuscan hint to their already gorgeous dishes!

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8 Responses to “Butternut Squash Florentine crespelle for GBC”

  1. Karin@yumandmore said:

    Looks delicious and like a great combination of fall flavors.
    It is also a perfect vegetarian dish for Thanksgiving!!


    Giulia Risposta:

    you are right Karin, I didn’t realize how perfect this could be for Thanksgiving!
    Happy Thanksgiving my friend!


  2. Rosa said:

    A scrumptious looking dish! Delightfully autumnal.

    Heading over to GBC.




    Giulia Risposta:

    Perfect for autumn, to warm up a rainy November day!
    Cheers! x


  3. Regula @ Miss Foodwise said:

    This really looks like a perfect dish for the time of the year. Heading over to Great British chefs right now ;)


    Giulia Risposta:

    I bet you’ll love it Regula, it’s so comforting, and soft, and I can imagine a good British cheese uplifting it to perfection! xx


  4. Holly said:

    This looks so delicious. I had other plans for today’s lunch, but I may abandon them for this instead.


    Juls @ Juls' Kitchen Risposta:

    Ehehe, have you tried it?


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