Lasagna is a kind of pasta, which are long, flat, wide sheets, ideal for foliation. The length of each plate should be 6 by 7 inches or 15 by 18 cm. Special lasagna sheets can be flat or corrugated. Rippled lasagna is common in southern Italy, but is rarely used in northern Italy. It is also popular in the United States.
The lasagna recipe was first described in the 14th century in the first cookbook of Forme of Cury , published in England, where it is very detailed how to make lasagna sheets.
There are three stories of the recipe for lasagna. Two of them argue that the dish originally originated in Ancient Greece, because the word "laganoz" in Greek means "dough without yeast", that is, only with flour and water. A flat sheet of pasta, cut into strips or "lasanon", from Greek translates as "pot for pasta." Subsequently, the Italians "lent" the name of the container and over time it began to designate the dish itself. The third version suggests that lasagna originates from the fourteenth century, where the English dish loseyn (sounds like "lasan") was very popular during the reign of Richard II. Nevertheless, despite all the numerous theories and assumptions, lasagna has long been considered an Italian dish, which is often prepared on holidays and family dinners.
In Italy, the lasagna is completely flat, and for Americans, as a rule, the lasagne sheets are wrapped inwards to preserve the sauce. The traditional dish should be stuffed with meat, which is flavored with red wine, nutmeg, béchamel sauce and parmesan cheese. But this basic recipe for today is sufficiently modified and expanded. Good lasagna is a perfectly balanced taste of the dough and filling. All the recipes for cooking this dish are as follows - the lasagne sheets alternate with different sauces and fillings, as well as other ingredients. It can be meat, spinach, eggplant, tomato sauce, curd mass and spinach, as well as mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan cheese. Layered lasagna can be frozen without further heat treatment and cook at any time.
Sheets for lasagna are made from durum wheat, so they are tough enough even after baking. They can be bought ready or made independently. But how to prepare lasagna sheets at home? Everything is simple enough.
To do this, you need to sift the flour on a large and smooth surface or in a large bowl. In the center of the flour, break eggs, olive oil and salt. Mix the ingredients with a fork using all the flour. Continue kneading the dough with your hands until smooth and homogeneous. If necessary, add a little water or flour to the dough was not too sticky and not too tight. Next, the test should be shaped like a ball and allowed to rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, wrapped in a food film or covered with a damp kitchen towel.
To roll out the dough and get flat sheets for lasagna, you need to use a special machine for pasta. This will speed up the process of making uniform and identical sheets. Separate a small piece from the dough bowl and roll it to a thickness of 0.3-0.5 cm, giving it the shape of an even rectangle. If you do not have a special machine, you can roll the dough into sheets by hand. Prepare lasagna for this recipe, before boiling the sheets in boiled water, which you need to add a tablespoon of butter.
Even in the colorful world of comics, lasagna has gained considerable fame - the favorite food of the lazy and fatty Garfield cat is this Italian delicacy. She also sang famous singers - Weird Al Yankovic made a parody of the song "La Bamba" called "Lasagna", which was included in his album "Even Worse".