Friday, December 12, 2008

Corn Star Raviolis in Sweet Basil Cream Sauce

I sort of butchered this one but it still came out yummy. First, I didn't have cream so I picked up a little carton of whole milk at Rite-Aid on some errands. Worked just fine. I didn't have fresh basil so I used dried basil. No fresh corn, so canned corn. No bell pepper. Significantly reduced the amount of butter used. And most importantly, I didn't cut them into star shapes because when I did, the whole thing fell apart. So instead I just made our regular-shaped raviolis.

These were pretty good and we liked them, but I don't think we'll make them again.


Corn Star Raviolis in Sweet Basil Cream Sauce
Guy Fieri

2 ears Fresh sweet corn, shucked and removed from the cob
3 tablespoons Red bell pepper, minced
3 tablespoons sweet onion, diced
10 each Fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
Freshly cracked pepper
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 pinch nutmeg, ground
6 ounces ricotta cheese, room temp
6 ounces cream cheese, room temp
1 package wonton wrappers
2 egg yolks, beaten
3 tablespoons Parmesan, grated

Special equipment: cookie cutter (3-inch)

Melt butter in saute pan, add in corn, red bell pepper and onion. Let saute until onion is translucent and corn has released some of it's sugars. Add in 1/2 of the basil leaves and a couple of twists of black pepper. Add in 1/4 cup heavy cream and reduce by half. Set aside to cool.

When cool, smash up a bit with a fork, stir in ricotta and cream cheese. Place wonton wrappers down (three at a time works) and in the center of each, place 1 1/2 t filling. Brush exposed wrapper with egg yolk, carefully place a second wrapper on top and carefully seal edges, making sure to get out any air bubbles. Cut with star cutter, work fingers around edges to make sure seal is tight. Set aside on floured baking sheet and continue to assemble.

When finished, boil water and gently add raviolis a few at a time, cooking for 2 minutes or until they float. Carefully remove and drain.

For Sauce: In clean saute pan, melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter, when melted, add in remaining basil, saute until crisp and butter is just very lightly browning. Add in remaining cream and reduce to thickened. Salt and pepper to taste, serve over raviolis immediately.

Garnish with Parmesan.

Yield: 6-8 servings

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