Delicate Little Packets of Culinary Joy
Fresh ravioli (the fresh or frozen store-bought variety) with sage butter makes a beautiful (and effortless) romantic dinner for two. Simply select the ravioli size and filling that your special someone prefers. You can usually find a wide variety at your local grocery store - near the deli or prepared foods - or in the freezer section. Pick up some butter, fresh sage leaves, a bag of fresh salad greens, a crusty French baguette, a nice bottle of crisp, dry white wine and dinner is done! Chocolate-dipped strawberries and Champagne (or espresso) add a lovely finishing touch to this intimate meal. Set a romantic mood by turning the lights down low and setting the table with your good china, sparkling wine glasses and silver. Light lots of candles (unscented, of course) and put on some soft music that evokes romantic memories. Maybe some Sinatra, classic jazz, Italian seranades or your wedding song?
- 1 (12 oz.) package of fresh or frozen ravioli
- 3-5 tablespoons of butter
- 10-12 clean, dry fresh sage leaves, stems removed
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Fresh-ground black pepper for garnish
Delicate Crispy Sage Leaves Add a Delicious Savory Crunch
- Put a large, wide pot of water on to boil. The ravioli will float to the top as they cook so there should be plenty of room for them to "swim" in the water. If the pot is too narrow or small, they may stick to each other.
- When the water is at a rolling boil, add 2 tablespoons of salt and turn the heat down slightly. You want the ravioli to cook gently so they don't break apart. Cook for 2-3 minutes or according to the package directions. Fresh ravioli cook very quickly so keep an eye on them!
- While the ravioli are cooking, melt the butter in a medium saucepan and sauté the sage leaves in a single layer on medium-high heat. Turn them gently. Keep an eye on the butter! It will start to brown after a minute or so. The trick is to get the sage leaves nice and crispy without letting the butter get too dark. Once it looks toasty brown, remove the pan from the heat entirely.
- Carefully remove the raviolis using a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain any excess water.
- At this point, you can either put them in the saucepan and swirl them with the butter OR go ahead and plate them and drizzle the butter over the top.
- Garnish with the crispy sage leaves, a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a light dusting of black pepper. Serve immediately.
Savor the Meal...and the Time Together
Ravioli with sage butter is a very rich dish and, like a great romantic dinner date, is best enjoyed by savoring every moment. Cut the packets gently to reveal the succulent, creamy filling. Top each bite with a tiny piece of crispy sage and swirl the bite in the nutty brown butter sauce. Each forkful will delight with a rewarding "mouth feel"...the chewy bite of the al dente pasta, the rich, succulent filling, the crunch of the crispy sage and the sweet kiss of the brown butter sauce. Sip the dry white wine between bites to refresh your palette and enhance the savory flavors. Linger over this slow, romantic meal as you savor the flavors and the time spent together.
Make it Truly Special...Make it By Hand, Together.
If you are looking to make the meal truly special, consider making the ravioli by hand, together. You can make pasta dough from scratch or use a food processor. Roll the dough out with a roller or use a pasta machine. The final assembly can also be done by hand or with a special ravioli attachment, as seen below in the demo video. Remember to take your time, let the dough rest at least an hour before you roll it out, and keep the unused dough covered in plastic so it doesn't dry out. You may make a masterpiece. You may make a total mess but, either way, you'll make a memory! Keep your sense of humor - and the wine flowing - and just have fun!
Watch This Demo Video for the Kitchenaid Ravioli Attachment
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