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Smoked manicotti with smoked meat sauce / Cannolis
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smokin'gal
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 2:46 pm    Post subject: Smoked manicotti with smoked meat sauce / Cannolis Reply with quote

While thumbing through my freezer, I stumbled upon some hickory smoked pasta dough I had previously vacuum sealed and frozen, along with some chicken italian sausages. So I figured a pasta dish was in order.

The chicken italian sausages were coated with EVOO and some Big Ron's rub:




I threw them on the smoker (using hickory) along with some roma tomatoes:




I crushed the smoked tomatoes and cooked them down in a marinara sauce:



The sausages were ground up and added to the sauce:





The manicotti filling was made with Ricotta cheese, hickory smoked mozzarella cheese, parmesean and romano cheese, sea salt, cracked black pepper, and crushed garlic:



I rolled out the dough for the manicotti, cut it up into squares, and boiled the dough in salted water:




I prepped the manicotti, using half of the meat sauce on the bottom:



Then I topped off the pasta with the remaining meat sauce and some parmesean cheese:



The pasta was tossed on the smoker for 1.5 hours:



Dinner was served:






I figured a nice ricotta based Italian dessert was in order. While smoking the sausages and tomatoes, I tossed on a Ghirardelli chocolate bar:





One pound of ricotta cheese was drained and whipped, then 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 2 tsp of vanilla was beat in:





Once the chocolate was cool, I grated some of it into the ricotta mixture:



I whipped up the dough for the cannoli shells:



After a 2 hr rest in the fridge, I used the pasta machine to roll it out and cut out 4 inch circles:



I wrapped the dough around cannoli forms and deep fried them:




Desert is served:






The smoked manicotti was absolutely delicious--but the cannolis were simply devine. Good eats.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pasta looks great smokin'gal, I like the idea of smoking the tomatoes Very Happy I am not real big on desserts but I would put a hurtin on those cannolis, well done Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yer killing me here!!! Looks fantastic.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It can all be summed up in one word...YUM!!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Yeah! Very nice job smokin'gal,the manicotti looks fabulous and I could probably do a number on a half dozen or so of those cannoli's. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21 11 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outstanding!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep telling myself I am not going to look at anymore of your posts, but I am soooo weak...another awesome cook...thanks again for sharing....waiiting patiently now to "not" look at your next post!!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SmokinGal...will you marry me? I'm Italian. Embarassed Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for the compliments.

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lol...you guys are so goofy Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a scale of 1 to 10, I will give it a 1.... 1 being AWESOME.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smokin'gal
Outstanding.That was a great meal You had plated up.
Way to get it done..
Nice job.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smokin'gal,
Outstanding cook! Very Happy
Girl... I bet the family comes running to the dinner table when you cook! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love manicotti, but I don't believe I have ever had it smoked. I can imagine the depth of flavor that some good hickory would add to the party. And the cannolis? Well, that's just not fair. Wink
Nice job.
Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle John wrote:
I love manicotti, but I don't believe I have ever had it smoked. I can imagine the depth of flavor that some good hickory would add to the party. And the cannolis? Well, that's just not fair. Wink
Nice job.
Thanks for sharing.


Smoked pasta is more than heavenly, but the cannolis....well, I think I might just whip up another batch and eat them for dinner tonight, lol. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another fantastic post smokin'gal! It all looks incredible! Thanks

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta ask. What is your method of smoking pasta?
I can't keep it lit. Shocked Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mamma mia !!!!! when are you opening the Trattoria.....
Cannoli ... are yummy my great aunt was an excellent pastry chef she would make her own fresh ricotta cheese and those cannoli were outstanding...
Are you sure you are not Italiana?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great googely mooley!!! That is one heck of a fine looking meal there!!! The manicotti looks really great but I could committ suicide on those cannolis!!!
Great Job.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't had cannolis since rooming with a italian in college...mmmmmm...brings back memories

Manicotti looks great also...I like the use of chicken sausage....I use a lot of that ....since I cannot eat pork Embarassed Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22 11 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn gal another great cook thanks for the share
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