This week our Real Best Recipe challenge is lasagna. But you will hear more about that very soon! More importantly, lets talk about leftovers. Lasagna usually is an awesome leftover in itself. But what about all those extra noodles?! Am I the only
OCD person who gets antsy seeing all those un-used noodles go to waste after building my lasagna? Well thankfully to our friend Google, it turns out that this is actually a popular bone of contention. So after peeking around at a few sites I decided to get out my leftover noodles and start experimenting. Therefore I give you, the Fried Lasagna Roll-Up.
Here is what you will need:
- 6-8 Cold (already cooked) lasagna noodles
- 6-8 toothpicks
- 1 1/2 cups of cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese)
- 3-4 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons of parsley
- 1 tablespoon of basil
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs (I used panko)
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Get out your noodles, make sure to separate them carefully if they have molded together a bit.
2. In a bowl, stir together the cottage (or ricotta) cheese, 1 egg, 2-3 tablespoons of parmesan (save 1 tablespoon for another step), basil, 1 tablespoon of parsley, salt, & pepper.
3. On a single noodle, put about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cottage (or ricotta) cheese mixture on the noodle and roll it up. Secure with a toothpick. Do this to all of your noodles and place in a baking pan, seen below.
4. Bake for 25 minutes. While baking, beat 1 egg & milk together in a small bowl. In a different bowl, stir together breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon of parsley, and 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese.
5. After baking, let roll-ups cool for about 5-10 minutes. Remove from pan to keep the bottoms from getting soggy. Remove toothpicks.
6. Heat olive oil in baking pan on stovetop over medium heat. Begin dipping roll-ups into first the egg wash, then the breadcrumb mixture. Place into hot oil, repeat until all roll-ups are in the pan.7. Let brown to a golden color, and using tongs, carefully turn over and let fry, to ensure all sides are browned. When browned to a golden color, remove from pan and place on paper towel lined plate to soak up excess oil.
8. Let cool for about 1-2 minutes and enjoy! I would suggest having some warm marinara sauce to go with these!