Crescenza cappelletti with white corn & honey

August 13, 2009 6:51:51 PM PDT
A delicious ravioli recipe you can make at home.

Crescenza Cappelletti with white corn and bitter honey

INGREDIENTS:

Dough

  • Flour 1cup
  • Whole Egg
  • Olive Oil 1 teaspoon
  • Salt 1 pinch
Filling
  • 1 Onion Thinly Sliced
  • 3 Cups Corn kernals removed from the cob (reserving I tablespoon for the sauce)
  • 2 cups Bellweather Farms Crescenza Cheese (If not Available substitute ricotta or any soft young cheese)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Champagne Vinegar
  • 1 bunch Chives minced
  • 1 teaspoon Mince Tarragon
  • Salt To Taste
Other Ingredients
  • Butter
  • Bitter Chestnut Honey
Method for filling
  1. Saute onions until translucent , add corn and cook until just tender. Puree in a bar blender until smooth and fold in all remaining ingredients until well incorporated. Fill a Pastry bag(or ziplock) for easy filling.
Method For Pasta Dough
  1. Combine all Ingredients in kitchen aid with hook attachment and mix until combined. Remove from bowl and hand kneed on table top until a smooth elasticity is achieved. Let the dough rest for a half an hour.
Method for building ravioli
  1. To roll out dough on the machine; make sure you have a well floured work surface. Start the rolling machine on its thickest setting and start to roll the dough through, keeping attention to having a uniform square dough to work with. Keep rolling the dough through the machine three times on each setting until you have reached the second to last setting(the dough should be slightly translucent while still being thick enough to work with and shape)

  2. Lay the sheets on a work surface and cut circles with a round pastry cutter(a household jar lid works as well). Pipe 1 Tablespoon filling onto to each disc. Immediately spray the pasta with water from a clean squirt bottle to assure that the dough will not dry out and to bind the dough together as we fold it into the shape.

  3. First step is to fold the pasta disc in half to create a half moon (taking care to make sure that all edges are sealed!!) With the round moon side facing you and the straight edge away, connect the two corners(edges) of the half moon to create a hat shaped ravioli.

  4. Cook the ravioli in boiling salted water until al dente tender. Fresh Pasta should take two to three minutes at the most

  5. For the sauce just ladle roughly 2 oz of the starchy pasta water in a sauté pan with 2 oz of butter. Bring this to a boil and it should emulsify into a silky butter sauce. Drain the pasta and add it to your sauté pan with a pinch of minced parsley, chives and corn kernels, drizzle with bitter chestnut honey and spoon onto a warm plate and serve!!!
About Chef Thomas McNaughton
Small Farms, Pig and Action on the Crust

Food is in my head at all times, he says. Among my favorite things are pig, stone fruit and Prosecco, but there is not one item that you could put in front of me that I wouldn't try. I love the challenge of total utilization and turning less attractive cuts into memorable menu additions and dishes.

Thomas has a long career in the culinary industry; he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and gained valuable experience working for premier bay area restaurants La Folie, Gary Danko and Quince in addition to stints at Michelin-rated restaurants in France, Germany and Italy. His desire to connect with small farms and more field-to-fork cuisines has taken him to the kitchens and farms of Europe and with. The deepest connection for Thomas comes from the hands of farmers, artisanal producers and small productions within the neighborhood.

When it comes to pizza, Tom is all about action on the crust, which is all based on how the yeast behaves, finding the perfect balance between chewy and crisp, and being able to taste the aromatics of the wood. Just prior to beginning work on the opening of flour + water, Tom spent a good deal of time in a Bologna pasta factory honing his chops with all the hand rolled varieties under the watchful eyes of committed artisans.


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