Chicken Parmesan Ravioli
One of my favorite local restaurants makes this dish, Chicken Parm Ravioli with Foccacia Bread Crumbs. and I loved it. Never had it anywhere else, and the other day I decided to try make it myself. The easy way, with wonton wrappers. I had already tried to duplicate an eggplant ravioli from a different place, for Miss Picky, and those came out great. This wasn't too bad, I had an idea of what to do, so I looked at the menu for the description of what was in it, and worked it out. They actually came out very good. Next time instead of wonton wrappers, I'll try fresh pasta sheets! Either way, these will be made again! Very good! Not exactly like the restaurant, pretty close, except for the pasta and not as pretty, but otherwise, very close, great flavors! This is a keeper. I served it with sauteed string beans and a Caesar Salad
Chicken Parm Ravioli
adapted by There's Always Thyme to Cook
4 chicken cutlets, cooked (just bake them in the oven with the garlic cloves, salt, pepper, and some olive oil, until cooked through, drain the juices before you put it in the food processor)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
Salt and pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus more serving)
1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
1 quart vodka sauce (recipe below or use your favorite jarred sauce!)
1 package won ton wrappers (I used Nasoya brand)
a couple slices of a crusty bread, like Italian or Baguette, whizzed in a food processor then toasted in a skillet, for serving
fresh basil, for garnish
1/2 cup warm water
Using a food processor, finely chop the cooked chicken and garlic cloves. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the skillet, and heat for about 10 minutes. Add a 1/2 cup of vodka sauce, and cook that down for another couple of minutes. Stir in the bread crumbs and cook for another few minutes. Check for seasoning. If it seems dry, add a little more sauce. Stir in the mozzarella and a 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. When it's all mixed together, transfer to a bowl.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill each wrapper with 1 rounded teaspoon of the chicken mixture; moisten the edges with water and fold in half, or for a larger ravioli, put 1 tablespoon of the mixture in the middle of one wrapper, moisten the edge and top with another wrapper, pressing the edges to seal. Working in 2 batches, cook the ravioli until tender, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the ravioli to plates or use one bowl, top with vodka sauce, sprinkle with the toasted bread crumbs, grated Parmesan, fresh basil and serve .
Note: You can freeze the uncooked ravioli, separately on a baking sheet, when frozen put them in a ziploc freezer bag. When you want to use them, do not thaw.
Source: Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Bastianich
One 35-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes (preferably San Marzano) with their liquid
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
10 cloves garlic, peeled (I use a lot less, maybe 2-3)
crushed hot red pepper (to taste) (I used about 2 pinches)
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy cream (I use less, a bout 1/3)
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil for finishing the sauce (optional)
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Pour the tomatoes and their liquid into the work bowl of a food processor. Using quick on/off pulses, process the tomatoes just until they are finely chopped. (Longer processing will aerate the tomatoes, turning them pink.)
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Whack the garlic cloves with the side of a knife and add them to the hot oil. Cook, shaking the skillet, until the garlic is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Lower the work bowl with the tomatoes close to the skillet and carefully (they'll splatter) slide the tomatoes into the pan. Bring to a boil, season with salt and with crushed red pepper to taste (you can always add more it needed!) and boil about 2 minutes. Pour in the vodka, lower the heat so the sauce is at a lively simmer, and simmer for a few minutes.
Take the garlic cloves out of the sauce and pour in the cream. Add the 2 tablespoons butter or oil, if using, and carefully swirl the skillet to incorporate into the sauce. Check the seasoning, adding salt and red pepper if necessary. Simmer until the sauce is reduced a bit.
Remove the pot from the heat, sprinkle a little cheese in the sauce and stir. Serve immediately, serve with additional cheese if you like.
*My note - Sometimes I add a little pancetta or prosciutto, about 1/4 lb. sliced thin and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, to the sauce. Saute it with the garlic.