Shrimp and Salt Cod Ravioli with Yellow Pepper Romesco Sauce

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 35 min
 
YIELD: 60 (2-inch) ravioli
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

PASTA DOUGH:
    YELLOW PEPPER ROMESCO SAUCE:
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1/4 cup
    • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 1 yellow pepper, roasted, peeled and seeded
    • 2 yellow tomatoes, halved
    • 1 slice white bread, crust removed, cut into small cubes
    • 1 ancho chile, soaked in boiling water until soft, seeded and coarsely chopped
    • 1 New Mexican chile, soaked in boiling water until soft, seeded and coarsely chopped
    • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup toasted almonds
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
      SALT COD-SHRIMP FILLING:
      • 1 pound salt cod
      • 1/4 cup olive oil
      • 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
      • 2 shallots, finely sliced
      • 30 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
      • 2 baking potatoes, cooked, pureed and kept warm
      • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
      • 1/4 cup olive oil
      • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
      • Pasta dough sheets
      • 2 eggs mixed with 2 tablespoons water, for egg wash
        FOR THE PASTA DOUGH:
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          Directions

          Put the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and stir briefly to combine. With mixer on, add the egg and egg yolk and continue to mix until well combined. Add just enough cream to make a smooth dough (it should not be sticky). Wrap dough in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.

          Cut the dough into 4 pieces. Keep the dough covered with plastic wrap while working with 1 piece at a time. Press the dough into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface and roll in through a pasta machine set at the widest setting, 2 or 3 times. Reduce the setting and run a few more times until the dough is as thin as possible. Place on a floured surface and keep covered.
          Heat the oil in a large saute pan over high heat until smoking. Separately saute the garlic, bell pepper, tomatoes, chiles and bread cubes until lightly browned, about 2 to 3 minutes each. Remove each ingredient with a slotted spoon as it is done. Deglaze the pan with the vinegar. Place all sauteed ingredients and the deglazing liquid into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the almonds and process until finely chopped. Add the honey and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
          Lay a sheet of pasta dough on a lightly floured work surface and distribute a heaping teaspoon sized portion of the filling on the dough, at least 2 inches apart. Place 1/2 piece of shrimp on top of each filling. Use your fingertip or a brush to moisten the edges of the pasta sheet with the egg wash. Carefully place a second sheet of the pasta dough on top of the first and press with your fingertips to separate the rows of filling. Repeat with the remaining dough.

          With a ravioli cutter or pastry wheel, cut straight lines vertically and horizontally to form each ravioli square. Press the edges closed with your fingertips to seal well.

          Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Carefully drop in the ravioli and cook for about 5 minutes. Drain and serve immediately with yellow pepper sauce.
          In a large bowl cover the dried cod with cold water and let soak in the refrigerator for 12 to 48 hours, (depending on the saltiness of the cod), changing the water frequently.

          Bring a medium pot of water to a simmer. Remove the salt cod from the soaking water and place in the simmering water. Poach for 8 to 10 minutes; let cool in the liquid for another 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from poaching liquid; discard any bones and coarsely chop.

          Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and shallots and cook until soft. Remove the garlic and shallots to a plate. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and lightly saute the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove the shrimp and slice in half lengthwise.

          Place cream in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Place the poached and chopped cod in a food processor, add shallot-garlic mixture and half of the warm cream and process until smooth. Add the pureed potatoes, remaining cream and process until just combined. With motor running add the 1/4 cup of oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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