Thursday, February 16, 2012

Italian Bao, or what to do when you have enough Bolognese sauce for one and need to feed two.

I wasn't going for fusion, but that's what I ended up with.  If you have leftover sauce that is heavy on the meat, this will work rather well.

You'll need:
One packet garlic herb pizza dough, or one batch of homemade if you feel adventurous
Mozzarella cheese, grated
Meat sauce
Ricotta cheese
One egg
Parmesan or Asiago

Amounts will vary depending on how many you want to make.

Pinch off golf-ball sized bits of dough, and flatten to about 1/8 inch thick.  Put a tablespoon of sauce in the middle, top with a bit of each cheese, bring up the sides and pinch.  Place on a cooking sheet lined with parchment.  Repeat until you're out of dough or sauce or both.  When done, brush each bun with egg and sprinkle with Parmesan or Asiago.  Bake per directions for the dough.  This is what they should look like when you put them in the oven:

Serve with a small salad, and you have dinner fast and pretty cheap too!