Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Heart-Shaped Things

At Irene's request (ok I wanted to post it too), here is my recipe for heart-shaped pizza flavored ravioli. Yes, pizza. I wanted to make something interesting for Valentine's Day, and I cannot get enough of my heart cookie cutter, having made pancakes* and cookies and now this.  I love cutting things out of other things. Besides, the only other one I have is a gingerbread man. So heart ravioli it is.  Start with a basic pasta dough; I don't remember where I got mine, so I might have made it up based on various recipes.  So anyway put about 2 cups of flour and a little salt right on the counter and make a well in the middle. Crack in two eggs (errr...or was it one?  Try one and add if it doesn't seem like enough. I should write things down more.) and start mixing gently, taking flour from the sides.  When it started to come together I added a little water too, and just kneaded it, adding flour or water as needed (ha! "kneaded").  When the dough is pretty smooth, cover it and work with sections to make it easier to roll out.  And just roll roll roll roll roll roll till it is very thin..the ones in the picture were about 1/16" thickness and it was too much. Maybe try about 1/32".  Putting them together was easy, just sandwich them with some filling and crimp the edges together with a fork to get the pretty edges.

The filling was ricotta, mozzerella, parmesan, and spices: oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. It definitely had a pizza flavor. We had them with pizza sauce instead of regular sauce for authenticity.

They went well with a night of cookies and video games.

*Tip: use a lot of cooking spray on the cutter first, then pour batter in.  And tongs. USE TONGS.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Those look and sound delicious! I want some! And so cute for Valentine's Day too :)