Friday, July 10, 2015

Ravioli with Fresh Corn

Last Year's Post:  Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers
Two Years Ago:   Grilled Salmon with Lemon Salsa

The inspiration for this dish was a recent meal at Culinary Dropout, a popular restaurant in Phoenix.  The dish was called "corn cannelloni" but was actually more like a corn ravioli, topped with grilled corn, asparagus, shallots, tomatoes and the best sauce ever - pure butter.  You could put that on cardboard and it would taste good.  I wanted to re-create the dish but with a better (healthier) butter sauce.

Although the result wasn't quite the same as pure butter, I felt much better about eating it particularly since I've been reading about the nutritional habits of the world's healthiest people in "The Blue Zones Solution" by Dan Buettner.  The remake actually fits the formula pretty well because it's vegetarian and contains lots of veggies.  But the most important thing is that it was delicious.  And easy - it takes a few minutes on the grill and a few minutes for the ravioli to cook, and you're pretty much ready.  It would make a great weekday summer meal.

Tip of the day - here's a great way to cut corn off the cob without making a giant mess:

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Ravioli with Fresh Corn
Serves 2-3

One ear fresh corn, shucked
10-12 ounces fresh asparagus
2 medium shallots, peeled and left whole
2-3 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
One 9-oz package cheese ravioli
½ cup of white wine
¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter
1-2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, chives, or a mix)
 Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
Shaved or shredded parmesan as garnish
Fresh sprouts or micro-greens as a garnish, optional

Over medium heat on a grill or grill pan, grill the corn, asparagus and shallot until nicely grill-marked, turning occasionally.  Let cool.  Remove corn kernels from the cob, coarsely chop the shallots, and cut the asparagus into bite-sized pieces.  Set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the ravioli according to package directions. 

Meanwhile, make the sauce:  in a small saucepan, add the white wine, lemon juice and shallots on medium heat and cook until reduced by about half. Add the butter, one piece at a time, stirring constantly. Add herbs at the end and salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the ravioli and place in shallow bowls.  Divide the sauce between bowls, then add the corn, asparagus, shallots and sun-dried tomatoes.  Garnish with pine nuts, Parmesan and sprouts and serve immediately.

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