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                          PUMPKIN RAVIOLI (HAZEN)
 
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Pasta                            Seasonings
                 Vegetarian                       Eggs
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         -----PASTA-----
    6       c            Unbleached flour
    6       lg           Eggs
                         -----FILLING-----
    1       md           Pumpkin or lg. winter squash
                         -- halved & baked until soft
                         -- (about 2-1/2 cups cooked)
    2       lg           Carrots -- chopped
                         -- & cooked until just soft
    2                    Yellow onions -- finely diced
    1                    Garlic clove -- minced
    2       ts           Coriander
      1/2   ts           Mace
      1/2   ts           Allspice
    1       pn           Cardamom
      1/2   lb           Unsalted butter
      1/3   lb           Parmesan cheese
                         -- freshly grated
    2       tb           Maple syrup
    1       lg           Egg -- lightly beaten
                         Salt and pepper -- to taste
    1 1/2   lb           Fresh pasta, in sheets
                         -----SAUCE-----
    1       c            Hazelnuts
    3       c            Heavy cream
    3                    Garlic cloves -- minced
    1       pn           Cayenne
    1       pn           White pepper
    1       pn           Salt
    2       c            Sorrel, stems removed
                         --(cut into 1/8-inch strips)
 
   PASTA: If you can't find frozen pasta sheets or prefer
   to make your own, here’s a recipe that’s virtually
   foolproof.  Herbs and spices compatible with the dish
   can be kneaded into the dough toward the end.
   
   Heap the flour and make a well in it.  Break the eggs
   into the well and beat them together with a fork.
   Stir them into the flour from the bottom of the well
   with the fork until the dough in the center is smooth
   or shiny. With your hands, gradually incorporate the
   flour from the outside of the well toward the center,
   kneading gently until the mass of dough comes together.
   
   Knead the dough until it is smooth and resilient.  You
   may need to add more flour, or you may not be able to
   incorporate all of the flour, depending on the
   humidity and the size of the eggs.  If the dough is
   sticky or extremely pliable, knead more flour into it.
   
   Divide the dough into three portions, cover them with
   plastic wrap or an overturned bowl, and allow to rest
   for at least 30 minutes.
   
   FILLING: Puree the cooked pumpkin or squash and
   carrots in a food processor until smooth.
   
   Saute the onions, garlic, and spices in butter until
   the onions are soft, then add to the pureed
   vegetables.  Add the cheese, maple syrup, egg, salt,
   and pepper.  Taste the adjust seasoning, then set the
   filling aside.
   
   SAUCE: Preheat oven to 400 F and toast the hazelnuts
   in a shallow pan on the middle rack for 10 to 12
   minutes or until brown and fragrant. Remove from the
   oven.  When they are cool enough to handle, wrap the
   nuts tightly in a lint-free towel and vigorously rub
   them against the towel. Open the towel carefully and
   pick out the nuts and continue rubbing until the nuts
   are almost blond.
   
   Cook the cream, garlic, cayenne, and pepper over high
   heat, stirring often and adjusting heat to keep the
   cream from boiling over.  When the cream is thick
   enough to coat the back of a spoon, add the salt,
   taste, and adjust seasoning.  Remove sauce from heat
   until you're ready to use it.
   
   ASSEMBLY: If you're making your own pasta, roll the
   dough out very thin on a lightly floured surface, one
   portion at a time.  If you have a pasta machine,
   follow the manufacturer’s instructions for rolling out
   the dough into sheets about 1 millimeter thick.
   
   Lay one pasta sheet out on a flat surface and spray it
   with water to prevent drying and to make it more
   flexible.  Place half tablespoons of filling along the
   bottom edge of the pasta about 1/2 inch apart. For
   larger ravioli, use 1 tablespoon of filling and leave
   1 inch between dollops. Fold the pasta sheet over the
   filling and cut apart with a ravioli cutter. Set the
   finished ravioli aside and cover with a damp cloth.
   
   Cook the ravioli in salted boiling water al dente.
   Reheat the sauce, then drain the ravioli.  Add the
   shredded sorrel to the sauce and cook just until it
   wilts -- about 30 seconds.  Add half the hazelnuts,
   turn the heat off, and add the cooked ravioli.  Stir
   gently and serve immediately. Garnish with the
   remaining hazelnuts.
   
   * Adapted from 'Glories of the Vegetarian Table' by
   Janet Hazen * Published in: The Herb Companion,
   October/November 1993 * Typed for you by Karen Mintzias
  
 
 
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