Zarangollo Ravioli with Herring Roe
Metric version of recipe
Yields 8 portions
|Salt, divided use
||2 ¾ tsp.
|Spring onions, very finely diced
||2 ¾ cups
|Olive oil, extra virgin, divided use
|Black pepper, freshly ground, divided use
|Sweet red peppers, roasted and seeded
|Murcian wine cheese or drunken goat cheese
|Sea salt crystals
Wash the zucchini, trim the ends, and slice lengthwise into 1/8-inch thick slices using a mandoline or a sharp knife. Bring 3 quarts of water and 2 teaspons of salt to a rolling boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Blanch the zucchini strips for 3 minutes, or until soft and pliable. Transfer carefully to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain well and sat dry with paper towels.
Cook the onions in large sauté pan with ¼ cup of olive oil over medium heat until soft, about 10 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high and sauté the onions, stirring frequently, until lightly caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with ½ teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper and reserve until needed.
Purée the red peppers in a blender on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper.
Cross two pieces of zucchini over each other to make an X. Place 1 tablespoon of the onions where the two pieces cross and fold each of the four ends of the zucchini over the onions to create the ravioli. Flip the ravioli over so that the seam is on the bottom. Repeat with the remaining szucchini onions and transfer carefully to a lightly oiled baking sheet.
Top each ravioli with 1 teaspoon each of cheese and bake in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes, or until heated through. Meanwhile prepare the eggs.
Fry the quail eggs in a large nonstick pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until the whites are completely white and the yolk is still bright orange. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper.
Top each ravioli with a quail egg and 1 teaspoon of the roe. Decorate each plate with 2 tablespoons of the sweet red pepper purée and a small pinch each of the salt, peppercorns, and chives. Place a ravioli on each plate and serve.
This dish can also be dressed with ñora infused oil. The sweet red pepper purée can be lightened by adding olive oil.
Juan Antonio Pellicer for Wines from Murcia, as presented at the Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival. Published with permission of the author. All rights reserved. Presented at the World Marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006.