Lobster Mushroom Ravioli

Lobster and shiitakes already make a delicious pairing but envelope that in tender handmade pasta and smother it in a rich lobster truffle cream sauce and I knew we’d have a winner. 

Recipe and photo courtesy of Kathy from eatHalifax.

Prep Time: 45 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins.

Ingredients

Dough:
400 g flour
4 eggs
Filling:
2 1-1.25 lb live lobsters (or ½ lb lobster meat)
2 tbsp butter
200 g shiitake mushrooms, chopped
2 large shallots, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp dry vermouth (or white wine)
½ tsp packed lemon zest
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
½ cup ricotta
salt and pepper, to taste
Sauce:
3 tbsp butter
2 large shallots, finely diced
½ cup lobster stock
2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp truffle oil
salt and pepper, to taste
grated Parmesan, to serve
chopped chives, to serve

Method

1. For the dough, mound the flour on a work surface. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs. With a fork, beat the eggs. Gradually pull in flour from the sides towards the center. The dough will soon start to take shape. With a bench scraper or your hands, work the dough, adding a drop of water if the dough is too dry or more flour if too wet. Knead the dough until soft and elastic, about 8 minutes.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest while you prepare the rest of the dish, about 20 minutes.
2. Put a large pot with 2 inches of water on to boil. Add the lobsters and cover. Steam for 10 minutes. Remove and place in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Over a bowl, remove the meat from the tails and claws, reserving the liquid. Return the shells, bodies and liquid to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered while you prepare the ravioli. When the liquid is reduced by half, strain the shells and set the lobster stock aside.
3. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the shallots and mushrooms. Cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, cooking another minute. Deglaze the pan with vermouth. Add the mushroom mixture to a food processor along with the lobster meat, lemon zest, Parmesan, and ricotta. Pulse until combined, stopping before it becomes a paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Instead of writing out the process of making ravioli, I suggest the following recipe with photos from The Food Network. I couldn’t find my pasta wheel so I simply cut mine into squares using a knife. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ravioli. Cook until al dente, about 3-5 minutes. If necessary, cook the ravioli in two batches.
5. For the sauce, heat the same skillet used to cook the mushrooms over medium heat. Cook the butter while whisking until it starts to brown. Add the shallots and cook another two minutes. Add the lobster stock and cream. Simmer until thick and reduced. Season with truffle oil, salt and pepper. To serve, toss the cooked ravioli with the sauce. Serve garnished with fresh chives and grated Parmesan cheese.

Blended Meatballs

Umami-rich mushrooms are blended with ground beef and seasoned to create the perfect Italian-style meatball. Serve with marinara and spaghetti or toss with a Teriyaki sauce and serve as an appetizer.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Mushroom Council.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins.
Makes approximately 20 meatballs.

Ingredients

½ lb.  mushrooms, finely chopped
1 lb.  lean ground beef
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 small onion, finely diced
1 clove minced garlic
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 egg

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking tray with foil and spray with cooking spray.
2. Place the mushrooms in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped.
3. In a skillet over medium heat cook chopped mushrooms until brown and most moisture has been released, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside to let cool.
4. In a large bowl combine cooled mushrooms, beef, seasoning, onion, garlic breadcrumbs and egg; mix all ingredients until incorporated. Shape mixture into 1½ inch meatballs. Place 1 inch apart on pan.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until meatballs reach 160°F, are cooked through and center is no longer pink.
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