TBT: Dandelion Greens and Fresh Ricotta Ravioli

No matter how much cold and snow this winter brought us, the daffodils in Central Park boldly proclaimed that spring finally arrived. And with it, we can finally eat something fresh and green besides kale.

Just as last year, dandelion greens were the first to appear at the market.  After traveling in Vietnam, I was anxious to have some variation in my vegetable options and swiftly scooped up a bunch.  The came the ramps, which I managed to buy yesterday at Eataly.  Tonight, I’ll chop a few and add them to the dandelion greens for this ravioli recipe I posted last year.  I’m looking forward to dinner and this warmer weather.  Also, a quick reminder to sign up for your local CSA.   Happy Spring!

– Kara

IMG_0297Dandelion Greens and Fresh Ricotta Ravioli
Makes a bunch.

Ingredients

1 bunch of dandelion greens, rinsed thoroughly
Kosher salt
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp of olive oil or lemon oil
1 tbsp of chopped ramps*
Freshly ground black pepper
Crushed red pepper, optional
1 cup of fresh whole-milk ricotta
1/8 cup of parmigiana-reggiano
1 egg, beaten
Wonton wrappers or pasta sheets

Directions

Heat a large pot of salted water till boiling.  Add dandelion greens and blanch for 4 minutes.

IMG_0288Rinse with cold water.

IMG_0290Squeeze out the excess water.  Chop the greens into small pieces.

In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil (use lemon oil if you can to counteract the bitterness of the greens) and saute the garlic for a minute or so.  Add the greens (and ramps if using).  Sprinkle with some salt, pepper and red pepper, if desired, for about 2 minutes.

IMG_0291Remove to a large bowl and let cool.  (After a taste test, I had a hard time not eating all the greens at this stage.  They’re delicious this way if you don’t want to bother with the rest of the recipe.)  When cooled, add the ricotta, parm and egg.  Stir to mix thoroughly.

IMG_0292Brush your pasta sheets with water (or a beaten egg) and top with a teaspoon or so of filling.  IMG_0293Then place another pasta sheet on top and press down around the edges to form the ravioli.  (Note: you can make as many as you want to eat and refrigerate or freeze the rest for later.)

IMG_0294Heat a pot of salted water to boiling.  Cook the raviolis in the water for about 2-3 minutes or until they float.  Then drain and serve with a sauce of your choosing.

Serve with a sauce of your choosing: cream, blush, marinara, pesto or brown butter.  Or you can go a little crazy and lightly fry them in a little bit of butter for a couple minutes on each side.  (I recommend a par-boil first, but if the dough is fresh, you can forego this.)

IMG_0296

With a cream and cheese sauce

To drink:

If serving as an appetizer, try a traditional Venetian spritz (campari, prosecco and a splash of soda with an orange peel or green olive).  The garlic packs a punch, so you want to account for that.  And just about any wine will be fine with this too.

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