Browned Butter Mushroom Ravioli with Sage

Not only does this unsealed approach make the ravioli easy to prepare, you get a higher mushroom-to-pasta ratio than with the traditional form, which is yet another reason for celebration.

Recipe courtesy of Charmian of The Messy Baker.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
4 large sage leaves, whole (8 small is fine, too)
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups sliced mushrooms (about 1/4-inch thick)
1 pinch fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 sprigs thyme, leaves removed (lemon thyme is lovely if you grow it)
2 tablespoons heavy cream (35%)
8 sheets pasta sheets, fresh is best but dried will do (about 4 inches square)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Method

  1. Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to boil for the pasta.
  2. In a shallow skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sage leaves. Cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the butter turns brown and smells like toasted almonds. The sage should become crisp but not burned. Remove skillet from the heat. Place the sage leaves on a couple layers of paper towel to drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the browned butter for later.
  3. Return skillet to medium heat. Sautée the garlic in the browned sage butter until it becomes soft. Add the mushrooms and increase the heat to medium-high, adding a pinch of sea salt and a generous grinding of fresh black pepper. Cook the mushrooms until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the thyme and cream, and cook until the cream has thickened a bit, about 2 minutes. Keep warm on low while you tend to the pasta.
  4. When the water reaches a full, rolling boil, cook the pasta to the al dente stage. Timing varies depending on whether you are using fresh or dried pasta. Drain the pasta being careful not to tear it. Torn sheets can be used as the bottom layer, so don’t tell anyone if a sheet or two rips a bit.
  5. Set out four plates and place one sheet of pasta in the middle of each. Spoon 1/4 of the mushroom mixture on eat sheet of pasta and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of Parmesan. Top with a second sheet of pasta. Drizzle with some of the browned butter. Garnish with a fried sage leaf. A dusting of more freshly ground pepper is nice, but not necessary. Serve immediately.

Blended Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagna noodles are spread with a ricotta and spinach mixture and a blend of ground beef and mushrooms, then rolled up tight and topped with your choice of sauce.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Mushroom Council.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Tike: 45 mins. | Makes: 12 lasagna rolls.

Ingredients

½ lb.  mushrooms, finely chopped
½ lb.  lean ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 pkg.  (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
1½ cups ricotta cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp Italian seasoning
12 lasagna noodles, cooked per package instructions
2 cups spaghetti or marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place the mushrooms in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped.
3. In a large skillet, cook meat, mushrooms and onion.
4. In a bowl combine thawed spinach, ricotta cheese, egg and Italian seasoning. Mix well. Add to skillet with meat and mushrooms, stir until combined.
5. Spread meat and ricotta mixture over each cooked lasagna noodle. Carefully roll up tightly.
6. Pour 1 cup of spaghetti sauce into bottom of baking dish. Place all rolls seam side down in dish. Top rolls with remaining sauce and shredded mozzarella.
7. Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes.
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Blend and Extend Braised Beef Cheek with Portabella Mushroom Ravioli with Beer Consomme

This Blend & Extend recipe was developed for FBC2014 by Executive Chef Ned Bell of Four Seasons Vancouver and YEW Seafood + Bar.

Prep Time: 1 hr. | Cook Time: 3 hrs. 30 mins. | Serves: 4
Tip: For this recipe it is best to braise the beef cheeks and make the mushroom broth one day in advance.

Ingredients

1/2lb beef cheek, excess fat trimmed off
2cups beef stock
2cups water
3pc Portabella mushrooms, stems and gills removed, coarsely chopped
1pc medium white onion, coarsely chopped
1pc carrot, coarsely chopped
1stalk celery, coarsely chopped
1pc small tomato, coarsely chopped
4clove garlic, crushed
2tbsp grated parmesan
1pc egg, lightly whisked (egg wash)
1sprig thyme
1tbsp flour, for dusting
1/2lb pasta dough, rolled thin as possible, and cut into 3” rounds
1btl your favourite dark lager beer
1/2cup red wine
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Method

1. Preheat oven to 300 F
2. Season the beef cheeks with salt and pepper. Place a large saucepot on medium high heat, add one tablespoon of olive oil, and brown both sides of the beef cheeks. Remove the beef cheeks from the pot and reduce the heat to medium, add half of each of the carrot, onion, celery and garlic, brown the vegetables off in the pan then deglaze with the red wine. When the wine has reduced by two thirds add the stock, tomato, thyme and beef cheeks back into the pot.
3. Bring the pot of beef cheeks to a low simmer, cover and place in the oven for 2-3 hours or until cheeks are fork tender.
4. While the cheeks are cooking heat a tablespoon of olive oil on high heat in another sauce pot. Saute the mushrooms in the sauce pot until they are golden brown and tender. Remove half of the mushrooms and put aside.
5. Lower the heat and add the remaining onion, carrot, celery and garlic to the pot with the mushrooms, cook until the onions are translucent.  Add the water to the pot and simmer the mushrooms and vegetables slowly for one hour, strain the stock and keep aside.
6. When the cheeks are ready remove them from the liquid and allow them to cool, strain the broth and keep it aside. Add some of the beef cheek braising liquid to the mushroom broth for body and flavor.
7. Shred the beef cheeks along with the reserved sautéed mushrooms, mix them together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the parmesan cheese to the shredded cheeks and a splash or two of the leftover braising liquid. (this is your ravioli filling)
8. Lay out the pasta rounds on a lightly floured surface and place a spoonful of the cheek filling on top of half of them. Brush the remaining pasta rounds with the egg wash and place on top of the cheeks, pinching the edges of the dough together to create your raviolis.
9. Blanch the raviolis in boiling, salted water for 2 minutes or until pasta is tender.
10. Heat the mushroom/beef broth until it boils, add the beer to taste and serve over the cooked raviolis.

 

Beef and Mushroom Bolognese

The beefiness of the mushrooms makes it an easy swap-out that hardly makes a difference in taste, but bumps up nutrition and we really enjoyed the textural change as well.

Recipe and photo by Kelly of The Gouda Life.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 1 hr. 10 mins. | Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
2 large carrots, peeled and rough chopped
2 celery stalks, cleaned and rough chopped
1 large onion, rough chopped
2 large cloves garlic
1 lbs cremini mushrooms, rough chopped
1 1/2lbs lean ground beef
1 (156mL) can tomato paste
2 cups red wine or beef stock
4 sprigs thyme
500g fettuccini/linguinie/bucatini
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
basil or parsley, to garnish
red pepper flakes, to garnish

 

Method

1. Place the carrots, celery, onion and garlic in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
2. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pot/dutch oven over med-high heat. Add the vegetables puree and cook, stirring every so often, until the liquids have reduced and the veggies are starting to brown and dry out. Add in the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquids from the mushrooms has been released and reduced, about 10-15 minutes. Add in the beef and a few generous pinches of salt. Cook until the beef is cooked through and everything is golden brown and fragrant, another 10-15 minutes.
3. Add in the tomato paste and cook until it’s turned a deep brick red, 5 minutes. Pour in the wine and stir, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Bring to a gentle simmer until wine is almost reduced completely. Taste for salt and add a few more pinches if necessary. Add in just enough water to cover the meat/mushrooms by 1/2″. Cook until that water has reduced and sauce is rich and delicious.
4. While the sauce cooks, bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta cooking water.
5. Strain the pasta and dump into the sauce. Toss with a few tbsp of the reserved pasta water and Parmesan until the sauce is evenly distributed. Add more water if it gets too tight.
Divide among bowls and serve with fresh ground pepper, minced parsley or basil and some red pepper flakes.

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.
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