About an hour and a half before serving, prepare the béchamel sauce. This is what really sets this particular dish apart from other lasagna rolls. The contrast between the béchamel on the bottom, and the best spaghetti meat sauce in the world - marvelous. The way the béchamel enhances the cheese filling and topping - incredible. The desire to lick the plate after you finish eating the lasagna - inevitable. I saw a béchamel sauce used with lasagna in Bologna, Italy, and then when I was researching recipes for lasagna rolls online, I came across one version from Giada de Laurentiis which called for the lasagna rolls to be placed on top of a nice layer of white sauce. Her version uses a lot less cheese in the filling - less than half of mine - and a jarred sauce.
2 1/2 cups half-and-half (plus a little extra, if needed)
Additional shredded mozzarella or Italian 5-Cheese Blend
Additional grated Parmigiano Reggiano
In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, melt the butter and add the flour. Whisk together continuously to make a roux (about 3 minutes or until the flour loses its "raw" smell). Whisk in the salt, white pepper, cayenne, and nutmeg. Now, whisk in the half-and-half in a continuous stream. Once it is fully incorporated, raise the heat to medium high and bring the sauce to a steady simmer, whisking continuously. As the sauce heats, it will thicken. Once done, take off the heat. Put a cup of the bechamel in the bottom of two lightly oiled aluminum baking dishes. Put 6 of the rolls in each dish, making sure they do not touch. Spoon the remaining white sauce over each roll. If the sauce has thickened, whisk in a little bit more half-and-half. Spoon the meat sauce over each roll, and finally sprinkle the lasagna with additional mozzarella and/or parmesan.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 degrees, remove the aluminum foil, add more cheese on top, and put back in the oven until the cheese is melted and the lasagna rolls are heated all the way through.
Apparently he read yesterday's blog post: Why Does Stephen Curry Have A Hebrew Tattoo?
I was watching the game last night, and Stephen Curry is not the tattooed man, but Golden State did win Game 4, so the Finals are now two wins for each team. We are cheering on the Eastern Conference Cavaliers, but have a new respect for Golden State and Stephen Curry. If they do win, well, it's been a good series and both teams have been awesome.