For my first blog, I want to thank my daughter Abbie, for all of her technical assistance in setting everything up for me during her recent visit to Florida. I also have to thank my husband Rich for his ongoing love and patience through all the changes of our lives.
This recipe has several components. Some could be made separately, such as the pesto, which is just a good, basic pesto recipe. The Beurre Blanc Sauce also has numerous uses.
1 bunch basil, stems removed
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1 clove peeled garlic, smashed
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1. Toast pine nuts in the oven on a baking sheet for about 6-7 minutes at 300 degrees. If they aren’t quite brown enough continue for a few minutes longer. I don’t recommend toasting them on the stove, they always get burned that way.
2. Place basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic clove and a small amount of oil in food processor and blend to chop everything up. Slowly add more oil until desired consistency. For this recipe the pesto should be fairly smooth. Season with Parmesan cheese and salt to taste.
This part of the recipe can be made the day before and kept covered in the fridge. The extra pesto can also be used for other dishes, such as pasta with chicken and it is a great dip.
Beurre Blanc Sauce
1 Shallot, small diced
3/4 cup white wine
1 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter, cut in cubes
1. Saute the shallot in oil or butter until translucent, only a minute or two, it will burn quickly.
2. Add the white wine and reduce the mixture until there are only a few tablespoons of wine remaining.
3. Add the heavy cream and stir to incorporate. Bring it to a slow boil and then slowly whisk in the butter pieces, 1-2 at a time. Season with salt to taste and add then add the prepared pesto into the buerre blanc sauce. It doesn’t all need to be added in, just enough for the color and flavor you want.
This sauce can be used for many dishes, especially, pasta and fish. It’s very popular to add a little lemon juice and make lemon beurre blanc, or a little red wine and you have rouge beurre blanc.
Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Spinach and Sundried Tomato
1 pkg. Wonton Wrappers
1 egg and 1 tsp water
1 pkg. of Goat Cheese, softened
1/2 bag Baby Spinach
1. Cook the spinach in a saute pan. To cook spinach, heat a saute pan on the stove and add a tbs. or so of canola oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the spinach, season with salt and it will begin to wilt, toss occasionally to move it around the pan. When done, remove it from the skillet and place in a colander to drain.
2. Dice about 10 sun dried tomatoes into small pieces
3. Place softened goat cheese, sun dried tomato, and spinach in a food processor and blend together to a smooth consistency.
3. Spread the desired number of wonton wrappers out on the counter. A good portion would be 8-10 per person.
Paint the sides of the wrappers with the egg wash, using a pastry brush. Place a small amount of goat cheese mixture on the center of the wrapper, about a tablespoon. Place a second wrapper on top of each and press firmly to secure the wrappers.
These can be made a day ahead, covered and placed in the fridge on a baking sheet.
4. Cook the ravioli’s in salted water for a few minutes. Drain and serve with the beurre blanc pesto sauce. Garnish with some fresh basil and pine nuts.