Three things men should know about women…
1) Never try to guess her weight
2) Never try to guess her age
3) and never, ever look in her purse.
If you stick by these rules you may be OK, for a little while anyway. You never know with us. Purse, handbag, messenger bag, clutch, satchel, duffel, we use all kinds of names to identify our bags. Today I am going with “purse” as I like to think of a purse as a strapless, small and dainty bag, containing the most important of feminine items- lipstick, money, keys, and
gun phone. Or in the case of these Lasagna Purses- cheese, sausage, and sauce. The perfect accessory to any one’s lunchbox, soup, or salad, you must admit Lasagna Purses are very stylish. There are other Mini/Petite Lasagna labels out there, but I needed mine to button at the top, keeping all the contents tucked safely away where no little girl could drop it up-end-down on her school dress. The top enclosed design lends itself to the perfect finger food. And that gathered, golden crust on top is the purse’s best feature. Crispy. Chewy. Good.
Although one should never peak into a lady’s purse, you must see the contents of this one’s compartments.
For the sauce:
3/4 pound Italian sausage out of the casings, cooked, crumbled, and drained. Add:
2 cups favorite Marinara or pasta sauce, and simmer over low heat until needed.
For the Ricotta Filling
2 pounds ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded Italian Blend cheese
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Mix all ingredients together and set aside until ready to use.
48 Egg Roll Wrappers
olive oil for brushing
Place one egg roll wrapper in each of the 24 greased, standard muffin tin wells. Press each down gently until it fills the bottom of each well, taking care not to rip the wrapper. Using half of the Ricotta Filling, fill each wrapper with a spoonful of cheese, about 1 tablespoon. Top each with a spoonful of sauce, then repeat the layers: wrapper, cheese, sauce. One at a time, fold the excess wrapper of each purse toward its center. Brush liberally with olive oil and bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove each purse from the pan carefully and place on a pretty platter. Let set about 5-10 minutes before serving, they are HOT. Also good at room temperature. These freeze well. Makes 24 Purses.
*Note- to cut in half, it is easier to turn the purse over and using a sharp knife saw through from the bottom to the top.
My children are loving these in their lunchboxes.