Saturday, July 17, 2010

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage-Brown Butter Sauce

This one is not very easy, it requires a decent amount of work and in the end my raviolis ended up sticking together something fierce. You may want to use olive oil to make them slippery, or cook them a few at a time so they don't touch each other. Despite all that, they still tasted great, stuck together or not!

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage-Brown Butter Sauce

Preheat oven to 350


1 large butternut squash - halved lengthwise, peeled and seeded

2 teaspoons butter

salt and ground black pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

50 wonton wrappers

1 teaspoon egg white, lightly beaten


1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup chopped fresh sage leaves

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Place the squash cut side up on a baking sheet. Place 1 tablespoon butter in the hollow of each half. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the squash with a sheet of aluminum foil tucking in the edges.

Bake squash in preheated oven until tender and easily pierced with a fork, 45 to 65 minutes.

Scoop the cooked squash into a bowl, and mash until smooth. Mix in the allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and Parmesan cheese until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Fill a deep pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil.

To make the ravioli, place a wonton wrapper on a clean, flat surface. Brush edges with the egg white. Place about 1 tablespoon of the squash mixture in the middle of the wonton. Cover with a second wonton wrapper. Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers and squash mixture until all have been used.

Drop the ravioli into the boiling water, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Remove, drain, and keep warm until sauce is prepared.

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the sage. Continue to cook and stir until the sage is crispy but not browned. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place 6 to 8 raviolis on serving plates, and drizzle with sauce.

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