Crab and Ricotta Ravioli - serve with marinara sauce or fry them as a great hors d'oeuvre

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Crab and Ricotta Ravioli - serve with marinara sauce or fry them as a great hors d'oeuvre

This is a versatile recipe in that it can be served as an entree or as a hors d'ouevre. As an entree, simply boil the ravioli for about 7 minutes and serve with marinara sauce and freshly grated parmesan. For hors d'ouevres, fry the ravioli in canola oil and serve with roasted fennel marinara as a dipping sauce. Find that recipe here.

Serves 4

For the pasta

2 ¼ cups durum semolina
1 cup all purpose flour
3 large eggs, room temperature

Combine flour and durum semolina and make a well in the center. Crack your eggs into the well and using a fork to beat the eggs, slowly begin to incorporate the flour into the eggs until everything is combined into a very stiff dough. The dough should be slightly stiffer than play dough. Knead for 5 -10 minutes on a bread board, cover in plastic wrap and allow to rest for 20 minutes , then knead again and allow to rest again.

You can use a pasta machine to roll the dough into sheets about 1/16 inch thickness or just a regular rolling pin on a well floured surface. Brush the bottom sheet with an egg wash of 1 egg + 2 tbsp water beaten together. Spoon filling by the teaspoonful onto the bottom sheet spacing about 3 inches apart.

Using a slightly larger sheet of pasta, slowly lay this second sheet over the filling, attempting not to leave air pockets around the filling. Press down firmly between the filling pockets to seal before cutting out individual ravioli squares. You can use a round ravioli cutter or large biscuit cutter to cut them out if you prefer.

For the filling

½ pound cooked cleaned snow crab
¾ cup ricotta cheese
Pinch salt and pepper
1 tbsp chopped dill

Place ricotta in a small mesh sieve or strainer and allow to stand in the fridge for a couple of hours. Discard the liquid and stir the ricotta into the crab, salt, pepper and dill.

Boil the ravioli for about 7 minutes in salted water. Serve with Marinara sauce and freshly grated parmesan.
For hors d’ouvres, fry the ravioli for a couple of minutes in canola oil until evenly golden brown on both sides. Serve with roasted fennel marinara sauce for dipping. Find that recipe here.
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Janet Carew
November 17, 2007 at 12:20 PM

Delighted that I found your blog.

I get requests to turn out a recipe from NL every so often.

I stocked up on smoked cod, smoked char, cod tongues and crab meat frozen in butter size blocks when in Sin Jawn's in August and now I must use imminently.

My question is...can I use that kind of crab in your recipes? Do you have any recipes that would combine a couple of my frozen seafood items?

I created a great smoked cod and mascarpone spread with herbs so far (happy to share the recipe) - and the 'Fortune Bay' scallops were a hit just sauteed.

Wish I had some partridge berries and bakeapples to try in your other recipes. Maybe the family will do a Xmas care package...

November 17, 2007 at 12:32 PM

Thanks for reading Janet and yes, I do use frozen snow crab all the time in my recipes.

Have you ever tried using a little of the smoked fish in chowder? It is really good as long as you don't use too much so that the smoke overpowers the delicate flavours of the other seafood.

Your dip sounds great. If you are on Facebook you can add the recipe to the Rock Recipes group there. If not you can email it to me at and I'll post it for you.

BTW, are you a transplanted Newfoundlander? Do you work as a chef?

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