Eggplant Ravioli a la Lecther-Main

Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Fall/Winter 2007 issue.

Courtesy of Mezzogiorno
Serves four

Dough Ingredients

4 eggs • 1 tsp olive oil • 400 g (14 oz) flour • 5 g salt

1. Beat eggs and olive oil.

2. Put egg mixture, flour and salt in a bread mixer and mix. Continue the process by hand by adding more flour, if needed.

3. Cover the dough with a cloth and rest it for about an hour, while you prepare filling and sauce.

4. Roll the dough and cut it into 6-cm circles or any shape you prefer.

5. Add the filling, close the edges, and cook in boiling salted water until they float (10-15 min).

Filling Ingredients

560 g (20 oz) eggplant • 15 ml (1 Tbsp) olive oil • 100 g (3.5 oz) onions, chopped fine

100 g (3.5 oz) tomato pulp • Salt and pepper • Chopped basil

1. Cut the eggplant lengthwise and bake at 350ºF for about 20 minutes.

2. Remove the pulp, chop finely.

3. In a frying pan, add olive oil, onions, tomato and eggplant pulp, salt and pepper.

4. Reserve and add basil.

Sauce Ingredients

600 g (21 oz) tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped • 5 g garlic • 40 g (1.5 oz) black olives, pitted

20 g (0.7 oz) capers • 80 ml (3 oz) olive oil • Salt and pepper • Cilantro, chopped • Sun-dried tomatoes

15 ml (1 Tbsp) lemon juice • Red pepper flakes

1. Sautee the chopped tomatoes, garlic, olives, capers, olive oil, cilantro, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice and red pepper.

2. Add the raviolis to the sauce and serve.