How to make it

  • Make crespelle:
  • Blend together eggs, water, flour, and salt in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in tarragon.
  • Lightly brush a 10-inch nonstick skillet with melted butter and heat over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Ladle about 1/4 cup batter into skillet, tilting and rotating skillet to coat bottom, then pour excess batter back into bowl. (If batter sets before skillet is coated, reduce heat slightly for next crespella.) Cook until just set and underside is lightly browned, about 30 seconds, then invert crespella onto a clean kitchen towel in one layer to cool. (It will be cooked on one side only.) Make 5 more crespelle with remaining batter in same manner, brushing skillet with butter as needed and transferring to towel as cooked, arranging them in one layer.
  • Make sauce:
  • Heat butter in a 1- to 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat until foam subsides. Add flour and cook, whisking, 2 minutes. Add clam juice and water in a slow stream, whisking, then bring to a boil, whisking. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in cream, zest, and pepper, then remove from heat.
  • Assemble cannelloni:
  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 425°F. Butter a 13- by 9-inch or other 3-quart glass or ceramic baking dish and spread half of sauce in dish.
  • Stir together butter (2 tablespoons), shallot, salt, and pepper and spread 1 teaspoon on top of each fillet.
  • Put 1 crespella, pale side down, on a work surface, then place 1 salmon fillet, buttered side down, in center of crespella and fold crespella around salmon, leaving ends open. Transfer to baking dish, arranging, seam side down, in sauce. Make 5 more cannelloni with remaining salmon and crespelle in same manner, arranging in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over cannelloni.
  • Bake until salmon is just cooked through and sauce is bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Notes:
  • • Sauce can be made 1 day ahead and cooled, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Thin with water if necessary.
  • • Cannelloni can be assembled and covered with sauce (but not baked) 1 day ahead and chilled, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. Bring to room temperature before baking.
  • • Crespelle can be made 3 days ahead and chilled, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
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    " It was excellent "
    acornem ate it and said...
    This was SOOO two little boys even loved it!!
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  • cubralinda 11 years ago
    looks great! but alot of steps to make !!I will try some weekend!
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  • recipediva 12 years ago
    Can't wait to try this!
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  • notyourmomma 12 years ago
    This looks amazing. I love the concept of wrapping the salmon in crespelle. Tarragon and citrus are my favored flavors. YUM!
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