This Lobster Ravioli makes for a delicious first course for any special occasion — especially the upcoming holidays for a fancier recipe! It’s elegant yet simple, it’s buttery and it’s just a burst of goodness in your mouth with every bite!!
If you live in Dallas and have dined at the Italian restaurant, Nonna, you’ll easily guess where the inspiration for this recipe came from. Their Ravioli of Maine Lobster on the menu is just the richest, butteriest, uncomplicated dish on the menu that you simply cannot get enough of!!! The ravioli is served in a simple, buttery broth and the lobster filling just melts in your mouth! If you live in Dallas and have yet to try it, it is a must.
When adding this to a fancy menu over the holidays this could easily be your main course if serving heavy appetizers; however, I prefer it as a first course when you just sit down at the table. It’s little, pillowy dumplings of lobster in a simple broth just to get the dinner going and set the tone for the meal! I’d then go into a nice crisp salad, followed by something like a prime rib, a juicy filet mignon, or braised brisket — whatever your heart desires.
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For the Sauce:
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp salted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- a pinch of saffron (20-24 threads)
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 14.5 oz good quality seafood stock (I use Bar Harbor)
For the Ravioli:
- 3/4 lb cooked lobster meat
- 24 wonton or ravioli wrappers
- 3 tbsp salted butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
- egg white
- 1/2 lemon
- finely chopped chives
Prepare the Sauce:
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil and butter.
- Once the butter is melted, add the garlic. Gently saute until fragrant, being careful not to burn; 1-2 minutes.
- Add the wine, seafood stock and saffron threads (breaking them up/crushing with your hands) and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a light simmer and cover while you make the ravioli.
Prepare the Ravioli Filling:
- Loosely chop the lobster meat.
- In a separate skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
- Once the butter has melted, add the lobster, garlic and salt and stir to combine.
- Next, add the wine and cook, stirring, until it has reduced by half.
- Remove from heat, add the loosely chopped chives and set aside.
Assemble + Cook the Ravioli:
- Place the egg white in a small bowl.
- Place one wonton wrapper onto your cutting board, then using a slotted spoon, transfer about 1 tbsp. of the lobster filling onto one side of the wrapper.
- Using your fingers, wet the edges of the wonton with the egg white then fold in half and seal the edges. Continue until all of your ravioli are formed.
- Once you're ready to cook your ravioli, increase the heat of the broth for a rapid simmer. Add half of your ravioli to the broth. Cook for about 3 minutes until the ravioli float to the top, transfer to a bowl and repeat with the second half of the ravioli.
- Once all ravioli is cooked, divide them amongst 4 bowls and ladle 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of the broth over each bowl of ravioli.
- Squeeze just a touch of lemon juice over all four bowls, top with freshly chopped chives. Serve and enjoy!