Chef Walter’s Flavors + Knowledge: Ravioli With Porcini & Radicchio

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Master Chef Walter Potenza, GoLocalWorcester Food Expert

Ravioli with Porcini & Radicchio
Serves 6

Ingredients for the dough

 

1 pound all-purpose flour (about 3 3/4 cups), plus more for dusting

5 large eggs

3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Semolina or polenta, for the baking sheet

For the Filling:

2 cups sheep's milk ricotta cheese

1 cup diced Taleggio cheese

3 large eggs

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Kosher salt

 

For the Sauce:

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

1/2 cup diced pancetta

6 leave red radicchio, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, smashed

1 cup dry porcini mushrooms, soaked in water for 10 minutes

Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups chicken stock

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish

1/4 cup chopped fresh chives

 

Directions

Make the dough. Mound the flour on a large cutting board and make a wide well in the middle. Add the eggs and olive oil and season with salt. Beat the eggs with a fork, and then use the fork to break the wall of the well and incorporate the flour into the eggs. Gather the dough into a ball; don't worry if there are lumps. Knead the dough. Using the heels of your hands, push the dough away from you, then fold it back over itself and push again (put your whole body into it!). Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and supple, 10 to 15 minutes. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let rest at least 1 hour at room temperature. Mix the filling. Mix the ricotta, Taleggio, eggs, Parmigiano and parsley in a bowl and season with salt. Transfer the filling to a large pastry bag and refrigerate. Roll out the dough. Cut the dough into four pieces. Flatten one piece slightly, and then run it through the widest setting on a pasta roller twice, dusting with flour in between if it feels sticky.

Fold the length of dough into thirds and run it through the roller two to three more times. Continue running the dough through the roller, reducing the width setting between each run, until you reach the second-to-last setting and the dough is about 1/16 inch thick. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough. Layer half of the dough sheets between parchment paper, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month (you'll only need half of the dough for the ravioli recipe).

 

Assemble the ravioli. Place the lengths of dough on a floured surface. Lightly brush the lower half of each strip (the part closest to you) with water. Snip the corner off the pastry bag; pipe 1-inch balls of filling, 2 inches apart, onto the lower half of each strip. Fold the dough over the filling to meet the bottom edge. Press around each ball of filling with your index fingers, making sure there are no air bubbles. Cut out the ravioli using a 2-to-3-inch round fluted cutter. Transfer to a baking sheet dusted with semolina.

Make the sauce: Drizzle olive oil into a large deep pan. Add the pancetta, radicchio and garlic and place over medium-high heat. When the garlic is light brown and fragrant, discard it. When the pancetta is crisp, add the porcini mushrooms, season with salt and saute until the mushrooms and the radicchio are soft and wilted, about 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock along with strained porcini water. Adjust flavors with salt and cook until the sauce is reduced by half. Add the butter, cook, shaking the pan, until the sauce thickens and looks velvety. Adjust the flavors with salt, if necessary. Cook the ravioli. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil; add the ravioli and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer with a skimmer or slotted spoon to the pan with the sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil, shaking the pan. Sprinkle in the cheese and swirl to combine. Garnish with chives and more cheese.

 

Master Chef Walter Potenza is the owner of Potenza Ristorante in Cranston, Chef Walters Cooking, School and Chef Walters Fine Foods. His fields of expertise include Italian Regional Cooking, Historical Cooking from the Roman Empire to the Unification of Italy, Sephardic Jewish Italian Cooking, Terracotta Cooking, Diabetes and Celiac. Recipient of National and International accolades, awarded by the Italian Government as Ambassador of Italian Gastronomy in the World. Currently on ABC6 with Cooking Show “Eat Well." Check out the Chef's website and blog

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