Wild Boar Ravioli with Mushrooms (Ravioli di Cinghiale con Funghi) – Stefan’s Connoisseur Weblog

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Meat that comes from a muscle that has carried out rather a lot work throughout the animal’s life is essentially the most flavorful. Cheeks are the most effective examples. On this recipe, wild boar cheeks are first cooked sous vide after which pulled for the ravioli filling. The juices which might be launched by the meat throughout the sous vide cook dinner might be blended with the pulled meat, such that not a single drop of moisture or taste might be misplaced. Though making your individual ravioli from scratch takes some work, it is a easy recipe. The sauce consists of mushrooms, enhanced by utilizing the soaking liquid from the dried porcini mushrooms. This offers them an additional woodsy aroma and taste.

I all the time cook dinner a big batch of boar cheeks on the identical time, 48 hours at 68C/155F, with simply salt and pepper, after which freeze in particular person parts of about 300 grams or .66 lbs (to serve 2 as a fundamental course or ample to make this ravioli filling). This gives me with a provide of ready-to-use cooked boar cheeks so I don’t have to attend for a 48-hour cook dinner to complete, and I save up on energy (because it takes virtually the identical vitality to cook dinner 300 grams or 2 kilos of cheeks). In case you are in a rush, you may additionally cook dinner the cheeks 24 hours at 74C/165F as an alternative of 48 hours at 68C/155F. They may prove a bit much less juicy and a bit much less tender, however nonetheless superb. With such lengthy cook dinner occasions, a few hours kind of doesn’t make a noticeable distinction, so it isn’t wanted to be very exact in regards to the cooking time. It’s only the temperature that that you must be exact about when cooking meat sous vide.


Makes about 32 plump ravioli, to serve 4 to eight as a primo piatto

  • 300 grams (.66 lb) wild boar cheeks
  • 250 grams (.55 lb) cremini mushrooms (also called child bella mushrooms)
  • 30 grams (1 oz) dried porcini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced contemporary rosemary
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced frresh sage
  • 2 Tbsp dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, crushed
  • contemporary pasta dough made with 2 eggs and about 200 grams (1 1/3 cup) Italian 00 flour
  • salt and freshly floor black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • (optionally available) top quality additional virgin olive oil to drizzle over the ravioli when serving


Season the boar cheeks with salt and freshly floor black pepper, vacuum seal them, and cook dinner them sous vide for about 48 hours at 68C/155F (a couple of hours kind of gained’t make a noticeable distinction). When the cheeks have been cooked, pour the juices from the bag right into a bowl.

Pull the meat with two forks to shred it into pulled boar.

Combine the pulled boar with the reserved juices.

Add 1/2 tablespoon minced rosemary and 1/2 tablespoon minced sage.

Add a crushed egg.

Add about 2 tablespoons of dried breadcrumbs to acquire a mix that’s not too moist and never too dry. It’s best to start out with 1 tablespoon after which slowly add extra till it’s good.

Style the filling and regulate the seasoning with salt and freshly floor black pepper, remembering that ravioli filling ought to all the time be barely extra seasoned if you style it by itself. (When you don’t need to threat tasting the filling with uncooked egg in it, you may cook dinner a little bit of filling within the microwave or in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil.)

Enable the filling to agency up within the fridge, lined.

Make pasta dough utilizing my directions for making contemporary pasta dough, roll it out as thinly as potential and make ravioli with the filling in response to my directions for making ravioli.

Making massive ravioli is much less work than making small ones. You can also make the ravioli upfront and retailer them for a couple of hours at room temperature, or for an extended time within the fridge.

The mushroom sauce may also be ready upfront. Enable 30 grams of dried porcini mushrooms to soak in 250 ml (1 cup) of water that’s simply off the boil for about quarter-hour.

Pressure the mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid. Filter the soaking liquid utilizing a espresso filter or kitchen paper. Rinse the reconstituted mushrooms with chilly water to do away with any residual sand, then pat them dry with paper towels.

Clear the cremini mushrooms and slice them. Warmth 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and cook dinner the mushrooms within the olive oil over medium-high warmth.

Cook dinner the mushrooms, stirring often, till they’re virtually cooked.

Then add the reconstituted porcini mushrooms, and a minced garlic clove.

Stir for one more minute, ensuring the garlic doesn’t get too darkish, then add the filtered porcini soaking liquid.

Carry to a boil and simmer till the sauce is now not soupy. The sauce might be ready forward up so far.

When it’s time to serve the ravioli, carry a big pot of water to a boil. When the water boils, add salt and the ravioli. Boil the ravioli for two minutes solely.

Within the meantime, reheat the mushroom sauce. The sauce shouldn’t be soupy, however not too dry both. Style and regulate the seasoning of the mushrooms with salt and freshly floor black pepper.

After 2 minutes of boiling, raise the ravioli out of the pot with a strainer. Serve them on preheated plates with the mushroom sauce. When you like, you’ll be able to drizzle some top quality additional virgin olive oil on prime of the ravioli.

Wine pairing

This pairs effectively with a sublime earthy Italian purple wine, resembling a Barbaresco, Roero or Nebbiolo, ideally not less than 8 years after the classic.

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