This delicious and very special dish comes from the little village of Sella di Corno in the Aquila province. It’s quite lengthy and fussy to prepare, so do reserve it for a really special occasion. Despite this, the dish is actually quite inexpensive. It is called ‘Rags’ because the pancakes are wrapped around the filling like cloths.
Mix together the onion and celery with the minced chicken or turkey in a bowl. Add salt and pepper. Melt half the butter or lard until sizzling, pour it over this mixture and stir together very carefully. Tip the mixture back into the pan in which you melted the fat and sizzle it gently for just a few minutes.
Put the other half of the butter or lard in a second pan, heat until sizzling, then pour in the sieved tomatoes or passata, season with salt and pepper, stir and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour half of the tomato sauce on to the meat and continue to simmer gently for 40 minutes, stirring frequently. Simmer the remaining tomato sauce for only 15 minutes before removing it from the heat.
Beat the eggs with the flour, olive oil, a little salt and the water until you have a completely smooth batter. Heat a small pan suitable for making pancakes and, using the vegetable oil, make as many pancakes as you can out of this batter. You should be able to get 8 out of it quite easily.
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