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Chicory ravioli with fig, lemon and greens

Chicory ravioli with fig, lemon and greens

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  • medium
  • 4
  • 2 hours, plus 3 weeks for the cured lemon

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1
The preserved lemon needs to be prepared 3 weeks before serving. Place the whole lemon in a jar (large enough to fit the lemon comfortably), then add the salt and sugar. Top up with enough water to fill the jar, seal and store for 3 weeks
  • 1 lemon
  • 100g of salt
  • 70g of brown sugar
  • water
2
The leek dressing can be made on the day of serving. Process the leek in a juicer and set the juice aside to rest for a few hours
  • 1 leek, trimmed
3
To make the fig purée, place the dried figs, vinegar, sugar and herbs in a small pan and pour over just enough water to cover. Cover the pan with a lid and place over a low heat. Simmer gently for 45 minutes, or until the figs are completely tender
  • 50g of dried figs
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 50g of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of mixed herb leaves, such as sweet wormwood, tarragon, mint, and chamomile
  • water
4
Meanwhile, make the pasta dough by combining both types of flour with the water in a large bowl. Once the mixture starts to come together, transfer to a work surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth
  • 200g of 00 flour
  • 50g of buckwheat flour
  • 120g of water
5
Place the dough in the fridge to chill while making the filling. Bring a pan of water to the boil, then blanch the chicory leaves very briefly to soften. Drain and finely chop, transferring to a large bowl
  • 150g of chicory leaves, wild if possible
6
Repeat with the whole garlic clove, blanching briefly in boiling water to soften. Discard the skin, then crush the garlic and combine with the chicory
  • 1 garlic clove
7
Add the ricotta to the bowl and mix well until the filling is evenly combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside
  • 30g of ricotta
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
8
By this time, the fig mixture should be soft and tender. Pass through a sieve to create a smooth purée and reserve for serving
9
Roll out the dough with a pasta machine to create a thin sheet. Lay the sheet flat on the work surface and stamp out 8cm discs using a pastry cutter, aiming for 8 discs per serving (32 in total)
10
Place a small spoonful of the chicory filling into the centre of each disc, then push up and pinch together the edges to seal the filling in the middle. If necessary, wet the edges a little with water to seal
11
Before cooking the pasta, finish preparing the other elements for serving. Drain the cured lemon from the jar and dice the skin into 1cm cubes
12
For the greens, blanch the Swiss chard and pak choi in boiling water for a few seconds. Drain and pat dry with kitchen paper, then mix with the fresh herbs and set aside
  • 1 handful of Swiss chard
  • 1 handful of pak choi
  • 1 handful of watercress
  • 1 handful of dandelion leaves
  • 1 handful of chamomile, leaves only
13
The leek juice should have separated into a thicker layer with a watery liquid on top. Skim off the top liquid, leaving the thicker bottom layer. Whisk in the xanthan gum to thicken further and set aside
  • 1 pinch of xanthan gum
14
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the ravioli for 3 minutes until just tender, then drain
15
Add a dash of oil to a frying pan and place over a medium heat. Add the almost-cooked ravioli and fry gently in the oil until lightly golden. Season with a little salt before serving
  • 1 dash of olive oil
  • salt
16
To serve, add a few lemon cubes to each dish and 2 small spoonfuls of the fig purée. Serve 8 ravioli per person, toping with a handful of the mixed greens. Spoon over a few drops of the leek dressing to finish

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Preserved lemon

  • 1 lemon
  • 100g of salt
  • 70g of brown sugar
  • water

Ravioli pasta dough

  • 200g of 00 flour
  • 50g of buckwheat flour
  • 120g of water
  • 1 dash of olive oil
  • salt

Chicory filling

Leek dressing

  • 1 leek, trimmed
  • 1 pinch of xanthan gum

Fig purée

  • 50g of dried figs
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 50g of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of mixed herb leaves, such as sweet wormwood, tarragon, mint, and chamomile
  • water

Mixed greens

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