Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter, Walnuts and Chicken

This dish sounded strange to me, but I watched it being prepared on the Food Network and it looked wonderful. To make the original dish a more complete meal, I used a spinach ravioli and topped it with a grilled chicken breast, served it with a green salad and garlic bread. It was soooo delicious and so easy and fast.

18 to 20 ounces store-bought ravioli (cheese, mushroom or spinach)- I used spinach and ricotta
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1-2 chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4-1/2 inch thickness, salt and pepper and dash of garlic powder to season.

Saute in evoo (or grill) pounded chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper until done. I used a grill pan. When chicken is done, brush with a bit of the balsamic vinegar, just to marinate. I used about 1/2 a teaspoon.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ravioli and cook for 4-5 minutes, depending on package directions until done, but still firm.
Drain ravioli onto a large serving platter.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, cook the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When foam subsides, and butter starts to get a golden brown (about 3 minutes) remove from heat and let cool for about 1 minute. Add balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
Transfer the ravioli to the saucepan with the vinegar sauce and sprinkle with walnuts and Parmesan cheese. Return to the platter, top with sliced chicken breast. Serve.
Serves 2-4
One of these days I will get a decent camera. Mine is used and abused by me, my husband and a 2 year old... these pics never come out as wonderful as the dish.. this one is awesome, don't let the photo scare you!!
recipe from Giada Di Laurentiis, Food Network, Everyday Italian
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1 comment:

Aubrey said...

This has become a favorite in our house. Jeff says it's his favorite ravioli recipe ever. We've had it at least a dozen times since you made it for us well over a year ago. THANK YOU! YUM!!!