Fried Cases / Cassoni Fritti

This preparation is found all over Emilia-Romagna and is usually made in the wintertime.



  • 3 cups King Arthur™ Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • Milk as needed for the dough (4 to 5 tablespoons )
  • 2 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil or 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 pounds spinach, cooked, squeezed dry and minced (about 2 cups )
  • 3 ounces raisins, soaked in warm water, drained and minced (about 2/3 cup )
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Grinding black pepper
  • 4 to 6 cups vegetable oil


  1. Combine the flour with the eggs and a pinch of salt. Make a dough that is soft but not sticking to your hands. Add a little milk if the dough seems dry. Cover the dough and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile heat the butter or olive oil in a sauté pan and cook the onion until it is soft. Stir in the spinach and raisins and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Roll the dough out into a 26-inch diameter circle. Using a cookie cutter or inverted glass, cut 3-inch circles. Reroll the scraps to make additional circles. Place a small amount of the filling in the center of each circle. Fold the dough over to form a half-moon shape and seal the edges with a fork.
  4. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or heavy-duty pan until it registers 375F.
  5. Fry the cases, a few at a time, until nicely browned.
  6. Serve hot.
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jo scotto

My mother used to make “eggs in purgatoy” on Fridays. when we couldn’t eat meat. Also for a cheap meal during the late 30′ and 40′. joWe called them Gigi’ Eggs. The only thing she after my mother.did different was she didn’t use garlic. Never did.

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