Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Ravioli Mishap

I've been inspired to try my hand a pasta-making again and decided to try Ravioli.  Everyone on TV makes pasta like it's nothing, so I figured it was time (once again) to get into the game.  Got out my copy of Lidia's Family Table and reread the section on making the dough in the food processor.  Then proceeded to review her instructions for making large ravioli.  Picked a great filling recipe from Giada De Laurentiis with Prosciutto, Spinach, and Ricotta. Made the dough and wrapped it up and stored in the fridge.  Later, pulled it out made a quick tomato sauce and the filling.  Nana helped by setting up the dining room table for production.  Dug out the hand cranking pasta machine and proceeded to prove easy is not my strong suit! 

Created 20 LARGE ravioli, mind you no two were the same size!  Added them to the boiling water and waited for them to float to the top.  Selected the best looking 8 and sauced them up in pasta bowls and served with Poached Pear and Arugula Salad w/Champagne Pear Vinaigrette.  These ravioli were visually an abomination to the Italian Culinary World!  They didn't taste awful, they just weren't perfectly shaped and delicate as they should be!  So that's the story, sad, funny looking ravioli in the bowls and I wouldn't let Nana snap a picture!  Was afraid someone else would see them!  Stay tuned, I'm determined to get it right, someday!  Then there will be beautiful pictures!  Meanwhile enjoy the salad picture!

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