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Recipes from the Chef - Smoked Salmon Ravioli



The end of the week has arrived and I’m happy to be back to share another recipe. We love pasta in Australia, but if you haven’t tried making it yourself you are missing our on a fast and fun way to impress your family and friends.

Ingredients 
  • 150g smoked salmon fillets 
  • 170g ricotta or other soft cheese 
  • 4tbsp snipped fresh chives 
  • 6tbsp chopped fresh dill 
  • Juice of 2 lemon 
  • 50g butter
For the pasta dough 
  • 150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ tsp fine salt 
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large yolk 
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
Method 
  • Place the salmon fillets in a food processor and whizz with the ricotta until combined. Transfer to a bowl and stir in all the chives, half the dill and half the lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. 
  • To make the dough, sift the flour and salt on a large, clean work surface. Make a well in the centre. Beat together the egg, egg yolk and oil and pour into the well. Using the fingertips of 1 hand, gradually draw the flour into the egg mixture in a circular motion to start creating dough. Add a dash of water if it’s a little dry. Form into a firm ball and knead for 5 minutes, until smooth. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. 
  • Quarter the pasta dough, take 1 piece and set the rest aside, covering with a tea towel to prevent it from drying out. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough quarter until you have a very thin, long pasta sheet, about 45cm long and 12cm wide. Set aside, dusted with flour, while you roll out the remaining pasta to the same size. 
  • Lay 2 of the sheets of pasta out on the work surface. Spoon 4 heaped tablespoons of the salmon filling, at intervals, down the middle of 1 of the sheets. Brush the edges of the pasta with water and lay the second sheet on top, squeezing out any air bubbles. Press together to seal. Using a 10cm pastry cutter cut out 4 circles to create large ravioli shapes. Repeat with the other 2 sheets of pasta and filling to make 8 ravioli. (They can be made up to 1 day in advance and chilled in the fridge until you are ready to serve.) 
  • Depending on how hungry you are, you can either serve 2 or 4 ravioli each. If you’re only eating 2 ravioli each, freeze the rest for another day (see tip). To serve, bring a pan of water to a rapid boil. Drop the ravioli into the water and, when they rise to the surface, (after just 30 seconds) cook for 2 minutes until tender but still al dente. Drain well. 
  • Melt the butter in a small frying pan, squeeze in the remaining lemon juice and remaining dill and whisk together well. Arrange the ravioli on serving plates and spoon over the buttery sauce
I hope you enjoy making and eating this delicious salmon pasta dish. If you are in town and looking for a Sydney CBD restaurant visit me at Four Elements Restaurant at Mercure Sydney Hotel. Our new restaurant menu has been getting great reviews from our guests and we will be delighted to welcome you soon.

Posted on Thursday, September 06, 2012 - Permalink


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