Purple Haze Ravioli a Pasta Recipe Inspired by Provence
As with all of David Scott Allen’s kitchen creations, we are privileged to follow him on the journey through the where, the why and the how when it comes to choosing his recipe. And this recipe begins with a birthday dinner out with friends…
Purple Haze Ravioli
- 4 oz fresh goat cheese I used Fiore di Capra
- 3 tsp dried culinary lavender buds divided
- 1/2 tsp fennel pollen
- 1/4 tsp Freshly ground white pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp Fresh Chives finely chopped
- 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
- 2 extra large Eggs well beaten, divided
- 1 1/2 cups Flour type "00"
- 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter preferably European
- 1 tbsp Fresh rosemary coarsely chopped
- 4 tbsp Marcona almonds coarsely chopped
- 4 tbsp diced candied orange peel (recipe follows below)
- crema di balsamica
Advance preparation of the cheese (2 days before)
- A day or two before making the ravioli, bring goat cheese to room temperature in a small bowl.
- Using a spice grinder, pulverize 1 teaspoon lavender buds, the fennel pollen, and the white pepper.
- Add this to the cheese, along with the chopped fresh chives.
- Mix well, cover, and chill overnight or for two days, to allow flavors to meld. (Or, if you can find Purple Haze, you can simply soften the cheese and add the chives.)
For the Ravioli
- For the ravioli, first bring the cheese mixture to room temperature.
- Place the flour on a wooden or stone countertop, and make a well in the center.
- Add remaining egg (don't scrape the egg bowl, and don't clean the bowl! Set it aside; you will use this residue later).
- Add a pinch of salt.
- Using a fork - or your fingers - gently stir the egg so that it gathers the flour little by little, until it forms a dough. Most, but not all, of the flour will be absorbed.
- Knead the dough for a few minutes, then wrap in plastic wrap and let it rest for 20-30 minutes.
- While dough rests, stir the grated Pecorino Romano and 2 tablespoons of the beaten egg into the cheese mixture.
- Knead the dough on a floured board a few times then cut into quarters. Start rolling one quarter, while keeping the others tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.
- Using an Atlas or other quality pasta machine, roll out the dough starting at the widest setting, and repeat, Working through to setting No. 6.
- Add flour as necessary to keep dough from sticking to the rollers.
- From the sheets of pasta, cut out 3-inch circles and set them aside on a flour-dusted surface, covered with a damp cloth or damp paper towel.
- You will need 30 discs. Extra pasta can be saved for another use.
- When ready to fill, place 1/2 teaspoon of filling just off center of each disc.
- Retrieve the bowl used to beat the eggs and add a tablespoon of water, mixing it with any remaining egg.
- Using a pastry brush, "paint" along half the outside edge of each disc, then fold the other half over the filling, gently pressing out any air.
- Then pinch edges tightly with your fingers. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- When all the ravioli are formed, place the cookie sheet in the freezer while you boil the pasta water and make the sauce.
- Place a large kettle of water on high heat and bring to a boil.
- Add a fistful of salt after it comes to a boil. Keep at a gentle boil.
- Melt the butter in a small skillet (don't use a nonstick skillet or you not be able to see when the butter takes on color) and add 2 teaspoons lavender buds plus the rosemary.
- Press down on the herbs to release their flavor.
- Cook until the butter turns nutty and light brown.
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large skillet.
- Add the chopped almonds; keep warm.
- Remove the ravioli from the freezer and slip them gently into the boiling water.
- Keep the water at a gentle boil, so as not to damage the ravioli.
- Cook for 3 minutes and remove them from the water with a strainer.
- Add the ravioli to the brown butter sauce, and toss gently to coat the pasta.
- Divide among heated plates, spoon remaining browned butter and Marcona almonds over the pasta, and sprinkle with the diced orange peel.
- Dot the crema di balsamica around the edge of the plate, or be artistic and make a “smear” on one side.