It might sound a little indulgent, but what else would you expect from the genius of a woman who popularized putting five tablespoons of butter into tomato sauce? The cookies add a little crunch to the filling that is just perfect.
For the sweet potato filling
2 medium-size sweet potatoes
2 Italian amaretti cookies
1 egg yolk
4 tablespoons prosciutto, chopped
1 1/2 cups grated parmigiano-reggiano
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or substitute with fresh)
Pinch of whole nutmeg
For the pasta*
1 2/3 cups unbleached flour
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon water
For the butter and parmesan cream sauce
1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
*I made this ravioli two nights in a row, one night with pasta from scratch and the other with wonton wrappers instead (which I had seen in other recipes). It works infinitely better with the homemade pasta, but if you are crunched for time, the wonton-wrapper way is not that bad.
-Microwave sweet potatoes for 7 minutes on each side until tender. Split them in half and scoop out potato pulp into a medium bowl.
-Mash up those amaretti cookies with a mortar and pestle in a small bowl.
-Add cookies, egg yolk, prosciutto, parmigiano-reggiano, parsley, a pinch of nutmeg, and salt to potatoes. Mix until combined. Set aside.
-Combine flour, eggs, and water to make pasta dough, kneading by hand for at least 8 minutes. Roll out to desired thinness. (If you are using a pasta-making machine like I did, thin out to a 5.) Cut dough into either 3-inch or 4-inch squares (depending on how big you want your ravioli to be).
-Place about 1 tablespoon of ravioli mixture in the center of each square. Layer another square on top. Pinch closed.
-Cook ravioli in boiling, salted water for 4 minutes.
-Drain, then toss with parmigiano-reggiano and butter, until butter is melted all over.
(Recipe adapted from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan)
Have you seen the new Wes Anderson? I'm a longtime Anderson fan (I used to be obsessed with Bottle Rocket, and Chris and I even dressed up as Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom one year) so I might be biased, but I thought that it was a lovely Russian-nesting-doll of a film.
Here are some Friday links in honor of The Grand Budapest Hoteland all the things we love about Wes Anderson (and his fans).
The last time I bought a SXSW music wristband was in 2004, when I was a first-year grad student at NYU and home for spring break. Ten years ago! Although the festival and all the surrounding hoopla has changed a lot in the intervening decade (more corporate everything, more free events that attract a boozy crowd), I still love it and the energy it brings to Austin.
Yesterday, Chris and I were able to pick up our music wristbands in about two seconds (just like I did ten years ago!) at the Austin Convention Center, and then we headed over to the Game of Thrones exhibition since it was the last day. (Most of the music events don't start until today.) Below, some shots of our adventures.
Game of Thrones exhibition line at Austin Music Hall.
Waiting in the sun.
Chris in the virtual-reality immersive experience of ascending the wall. More info on that here.