Sunday, September 28, 2014

FOOD: Balsamic Brown Butter Ravioli

I love carbs.

Let me break it down for you. My husband is an absolute health nut. He woke up early every morning during our honeymoon just to go for a run on the beach. Before we moved in together, his usual dinner consisted of a plain chicken breast, rice, and broccoli. 

Me, on the other hand. I have surreptitiously disposed of all photos of me from junior high. I force myself to go to the gym and limit my dessert intake to one per day.

While we were engaged,  I tried to emulate him because, hey, wedding dress! Now that that's over, I enjoy being more of a foodie and not beating myself up for missing a gym date. One of my discoveries - brown butter. 

OMG you guys. You essentially burn ("brown") butter on the stove which gives it a great nutty, almost sweet flavor. 

This recipe from Giada de Laurentiis is a great fall dish. It took about 10 minutes to make with some sautéed chicken and was DELICIOUS. 

1 bag store-bought ravioli
6 TBSP unsalted butter
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/3 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 c. grated parmesan

Cook ravioli according to package instructions. 

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the foam subsides, and the butter begins to turn a golden brown, about 3 minutes, turn off the heat. Let cool for about 1 minute. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. 

Transfer the ravioli to the saucepan with the balsamic brown butter. Sprinkle walnuts and Parmesan over the top. Serve immediately. 

This will definitely be a repeat dish this season!

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