Monday, April 25, 2011
Ravioli Caprese Lightened up. (Chicken and Basil Ravioli)
What resulted was a delightful surprise. Minimal difference in flavour and even lighter tasting.
We used Wonton wrappers for this recipe instead of making the dough from scratch this time and I used light ricotta cheese and a broiled chicken breast as opposed to rotisserie from the store as in the original recipe.
While not big changes it was enough to lighten up the fat content and reduce the calories a bit.
The original recipe is posted HERE. My changes are as follows. As always my portions are to feed a family of six (plus a neighbour child tonight who begged to stay after seeing them made)
You can always take these portions and freeze extras on a cookie sheet then place them in a ziploc bag in the freezer to make a quick and easy dinner. Halving the recipe works too. I use the original measurements for the sauce without doubling.
1 tub Light Ricotta Cheese
approx 1 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken breast (use a processor to shred it). This equates to about 1 cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup grated parmesan
4 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp salt
grated ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
Wrappers: One 220gram package of wonton wrappers. (approx 75 wrappers)
For the Filling: Combine all the ingredients in a medium bown and stir to combine. I use my kitchenaid mixer to combine them all well.
Place the wrappers working with about 12 at a time on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Have a small bowl of water and pastry brush nearby.
Place approx 1 tsp (a smidgeon more. I use a small cookie scooper) into the center of each of the wonton wrappers.
Use the pastry brush to lightly brush water along two edges of the wrapper and fold to create a triangle. press closed and set aside on a seperate cookie sheet until ready to use.
The result is delightful and significantly less work than making the dough by hand as well. This took me about an hour from start to finish. Making the dough rolling it out etc, generally takes me about 2-3 hours to make this recipe.