Monday, March 1, 2010
Ravioli Using Wonton Wraps
This is a recipe for making almost fresh Ravioli using wonton wraps easily found in the freezer section of your grocery store.This tastes so good and fresh and requires less time than making the
entire thing from scratch.
1/2 cup of grated morrzarella cheese
1/4 cup freshly made paneer(Ricotta cheese can be used instead but should be strained)
1/4 cup of chive flavoured cream cheese
1/4 cup of cubed cheddar or velveeta cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup (packed) pre-washed baby spinach leaves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon Chili paste
1 package (40 pieces) square or round wonton skins
Grind together paneer and cream cheese. Add to this, all the herbs, pepper,chilli paste, all the other cheese and spinach. Stir well to combine. Place an even number of wonton wraps on a clean, flat surface. Using a brush or your finger, moisten the outer edges of half of the wraps with water. Take a heaping tablespoon-full of the cheese filling into the center of each of the moistened halves. Top with the other wrap, pressing to make certain the edges are sealed well (If you want smaller ravioli, just use one wrapper, place half of the filling to one side of the center, fold over and seal) . Place on a large baking sheet lined with waxed or parchment paper in one layer. Continue to fill the remaining wonton wraps. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil for cooking these. (Adding salt to the water is optional. For me, the wonton wraps and cheese filling has sufficient amount of salt, but make it to your taste.) Cook the ravioli, in batches if necessary, until the filling is hot and the dough is cooked, approximately for about 3 minutes. Drain and serve immediately, with your favorite homemade or store-bought marinara sauce, just enough to cover all of the ravioli garnished with some Parmesan cheese.
If you don't plan to cook all of this ravioli at one go, you may refrigerate them for later use. You may take it out of the freezer and put it in the boiling water whenever you are ready to go.