Friday, May 23, 2008

Italian Lobster Ravioli with Pasta

While the Italian history and culture have celebrated their own pride and glory since ancient times, Italian cuisine also has its distinct specialty and a taste of its own. When it comes to the typical Italian dishes, pasta has always been one of the most common and popular ones, accepted all over the world. Among the varieties of pasta, stuffed pasta has a long history to go back to, existing even in the ancient days. Ravioli refers to one of the forms and varieties of Italian stuffed pasta, deriving its name from the verb "to wrap." Stuffing for pastas can include vegetables, meat, cream, fish, and lobsters. The word "ravioli" also indicates to a shape, a number of recipes have been created for various ravioli preparations.

Lobster Ravioli

Among a number of mouthwatering lobster raviolis, radicchio in the sauce can be simply wonderful in tempering the sweetness of the lobster in the stuffing. For serving four people the ingredients required would include one lobster, weighing around two pounds, olive oil, half a pound of red radicchio, washed, lightly oiled and seared on a grill till cooked but not burnt, dry white wine and salt, pepper and cayenne pepper according to taste. These ingredients can be used for stuffing, while for preparing the pasta two yolks and a whole egg, a cup of flour, ¾ cup of finely grained semolina, half a cup of unsalted butter and water are needed. Add a half-pound washed and coarsely shredded red radicchio, along with some salt and pepper according to taste. 2 tablespoons of minced parsley can also be used for garnishing.
The prepared pasta has to be left for an hour wrapped up in a moist cloth and the lobster has to be boiled for removing the shell. Chopped lobster meat and grilled radicchio would then require a seasoning with olive oil, lemon juice, white wine, salt, and both the peppers. By melting the butter in a skillet and sautéing the radicchio followed by a seasoning with the salt and pepper would complete the sauce.
The other favorite ravioli include Agnelotti with spiny lobster and shrimp. Detailed recipes of lobster raviolis are available on the Internet.
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