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Mushroom Ravioli with Gouda Cream Sauce

Mushroom Ravioli with Gouda Cream Sauce and Chicken

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mushroom Ravioli with Gouda Cream Sauce and Chicken
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Every once in a while you just hit it out of the park. Tonight was one of those nights. We have a Trader Joe’s that opened up near us. In North Texas there are weird grocery rules/laws that some idiot set up to try and keep a monopoly on our grocery stores. There is a beautiful loop hole where “specialty” stores are allowed to exist so we have some great stores like Central Market, Trader Joes, City Market and Whole Foods that allow us access to ingredients and food we can’t find in our typical grocery stores. Still pining for HEB up here.

All that to say, I picked up a few things from “my” Trader Joe’s and one of them was mushroom stuffed ravioli. Jill’s treads are getting pretty slick as she has a lot of stuff going on and working long hours and weekends. Tonight was the big deadline so I thought I would make something a bit decadent. I remember eating a ravioli I liked that had this Gouda cream sauce and thought I would try to make something similar.

This was amazing. I mean really really delicious if you like rich sauces. I added chicken to get some protein in there but it holds up without it too. Toothy al dente pasta stuffed with earthy mushroom filling and then topped with a salty and rich creamy sauce. My one regret was my plating. I should have used my rectangle plates and lightly sauced it and topped it with the Ravioli and then the chicken and mushroom mixture and then topped with the sauce.
The taste wasn’t compromised but it would have looked worthy of how it tasted.

Ingredients:

Trader Joe’s Mushroom Ravioli
Two bunches of green onion (only whites and light green)
Baby Portabella sliced
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 chicken breast cut into pieces
Olive oil
Kosher Salt and Pepper

Sauce
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbs of butter
1 cup of Gouda Cheese
Black Pepper and Kosher Salt
2 tsp of Thyme

Directions:
1. Get your water boiling.

2. In a cast iron skillet on medium heat coated with olive oil. Lightly salt and pepper your cubed chicken and cook it and get some color on it. Remove and set aside.

3. Now take your sliced mushrooms, onions, butter and add them to the pan. As their water is released scrape your pan to dislodge all those tasty chicken bits. When soft add the garlic and turn your heat down to low. Cook for about a minute. Slowly add a cup or so of cold cream that will help lower the temp. Take your Gouda and break it up into small pieces and constantly stir until it is all melted. Add thyme, taste and season accordingly. I added the chicken back to the sauce at this point. IMG_0642

4. As your sauce is just outside of a simmer and is continuing to meld. Cook your Ravioli according to the package. Don’t overcook it. You want it firm and toothy. To plate drizzle some sauce on a plate and then place your ravioli and top with sauce mixture.
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Guy’s Lobster Ravioli

Lobster Ravioli

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: not hard but tedious
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This is great from a flavor and “wow factor” stand point.  Making it gives you the feeling like you are really whipping up something special. Maybe it’s because I don’t often buy/cook lobster. It was also more tedious than what I typically cook. It’s two hours and requires your attention the entire time. After I finish a recipe I ask, if I make it again how would I change it? For this one, I would have stuffed more into my ravioli. I was really worried they would explode so kept them on the smaller side.

BTW This is a Guy Fieri recipe from Food Network. I didn’t stray from his recipe so copied the directions from the below link http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/lobster-ravioli-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Not as pretty as Guy's but tasty
Sorry iPhone pic. Even with a good camera, it isn’t as pretty as Guys’

Ingredients:
Ravioli
1 tbs    olive oil
2 tbs    minced shallot
1 tbs    minced garlic
1 stick  butter (unsalted)
2 tps    fresh basil
2 tps    fresh parsley
½ tps   fresh tarragon
16 oz    fresh lobster, shelled and cut into pieces. (not too small or too big)
2 tps    lemon zest
2.5 tbs all purpose flour
2 tps    Kosher Salt
1 tps    black pepper
48        wonton wrappers

Brown Butter Sage Sauce
1 stick unsalted butter
1.5 tbs capers, drained
4          fresh sage
2          garlic cloves
2 tps    fresh parsley
1          lemon juiced
½ tps   fresh tarragon
½ cup   shaved parmesan cheese
Olive oil for drizzling and Kosher salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

For the ravioli: Heat the oil in a medium saucepot over medium heat. Add the shallots and sweat until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sweat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Deglaze with the white wine. Bring to a gentle simmer and add 1/2 stick of the butter. Stir until melted. Add the basil, parsley and tarragon. Add the lobster pieces and poach in the liquid until almost cooked through, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Remove from the heat, transfer the lobster to a dish and set aside to cool. Reserve the liquid.

Bring a medium saute pan to medium-low heat. Add the flour and toast gently for about a minute. Add the salt and pepper and the remaining 1/2 stick butter, stirring constantly. Cook until the starch begins to dissipate, about 3 minutes; be careful to not allow the roux to darken. Whisk the reserved poaching liquid into the roux until smooth. Simmer until the starch is completely cooked out and the sauce is thickened, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, transfer to a medium mixing bowl and cool completely.

Gently fold the lobster into the thickened poaching liquid. Lay out the wonton wrappers, working in small batches so they don’t dry out. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the filling into the center of each, brush the edges with water to moisten, place a second wonton over top and press to adhere. Use an inverted 2-inch cookie cutter (the smooth side) to gently seal the filling into the middle (this ensures a snug fit and no air bubbles which will make the ravioli burst when poached). Use a 3-inch cookie cutter (the sharp side) to cut out and create round raviolis.

Bring 2 quarts well-salted water to a simmer in a large pot. Working in batches, simmer the ravioli until they are al dente, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Meanwhile, make the brown butter sage sauce: Set a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and cook, stirring until it melts and becomes foamy. Once the butter turns golden brown and has a nutty aroma, about 3 minutes, add the capers, sage and garlic. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Once the sage is fragrant, remove the skillet from the heat and fold in the parsley, tarragon and lemon juice. Stir to incorporate and warm up the herbs and lemon — this will release their aroma but they’ll maintain their bright vibrant color.

To heat and serve: Working in batches to not overcrowd the pan, gently toss the poached ravioli in the brown butter in a large saute pan for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat to coat the pasta evenly. Place the ravioli on plates and spoon over sauce from the pan. Top with shaved Parmesan, garnish with basil buds and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

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