Cannolis, Sicilian Recipe for American Television


Mao and I have been indulging in the Sopranos as of late. We are always behind in the television trends. Watching an hour of Italian American melodrama typically results in me cooking some variation of food consumed on the show. We’ve had baked ziti several times. Now I am venturing into the pastry world and making cannolis. A discovery of pre-made cannoli shells at City Market made this an easy project. One can make homemade shells, but why bother with unnecessary work?

1 box cannoli shells
2 pounds ricotta
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bar dark chocolate

Using an electric mixer or food processor, combine the ricotta, sugar, and vanilla extract. Once the cheese filling is well blended, gently fold in shaved chocolate or chocolate chips. Fill a pastry bag (or Ziploc bag with the tip cut off) with the cheese mixture and pipe into the pastry shells.  Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator. Best enjoyed while watching a blood soaked episode of the Sopranos. Nothing tempers mobster drama like Italian pastry.


One response to “Cannolis, Sicilian Recipe for American Television

  1. Hey, this is practically health food, what with protein and dark chocolate. Mangia, mangia bene!

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