Billybobjoedon's Punkin Ravs wif Autumn Vegs
( Pumpkin Ravioli with Autumn Vegetables )

Chef Bill Andrews

Chef and former owner of Providence's Leon's on the West Side

     This is an amazing fall dish that's easy to make but can compete, flavor wise, with the best of meals. Chef Bill Andrews pulled this one out of his... ah... IMAGINATION at a moments notice and it's a meal you could turn into an event that would become a yearly tradition. "Hey... Are you going to make that ravioli thing again this year? Yer gonna invite me aren't ya?"

Ingredients

> 2 lb pumpkin ravioli.
> 1/2 lb porcini mushrooms (frozen ok).
> 1 lb cooked chicken breast (breaded) sliced 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick.
> 1 lb peeled cubed butternut squash.
> 2 green apples halved, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick.
> 1/4 cup butter.
> 1/4 cup olive oil.
> 2 cups heavy cream.
> Sage, fresh or dried.
> Ground nutmeg.
> Salt and pepper.


How

> Cook the squash cubes in boiling water until barely tender. Drain, reserving liquid.
> Cook the ravioli in boiling water until barely done.
> Start Reducing the squash liquid in a sauce pan for making the sauce.
> Heat the oil and butter in a pan.
> Cook the mushrooms until tender in the butter and oil.
> Add the chicken, butternut squash and apple slices and turn coat well.
> Add the ravioli to the rest of the ingredients and keep on gentle heat.

Meanwhile...

> Whisk the cream into the reduced squash liquid to make.
> Add some sage... just a little at a time to taste.
> Add a few pinches of nutmeg and heat gently for a few minutes.
> Pour some of the sauce over the pan of other ingredients.
> Garnish with chopped apples if desired.
> Serve in large bowls or deep plates with sauce on the side and crusty bread.

Options *

> Add chicken or pork sausage, sliced, cooked and drained in addition to, or in place of, the chicken.
> Use lobster or monkfish instead of, or in addition to, chicken.
> Use shrimp or crab clusters instead of, or in addition to, chicken.
> Use sweet potato instead of squash.
> Use pumpkin instead of squash.
> Use a mix of glazed carrots, sweet potatoes, rutabagas and parsnips instead of, or in addition to, squash or pumpkin... Mix it up.
> Use baby bella, portabella or combination of wild or other mushrooms.
> Add a chopped red onion to the butter and oil before anything else.
> Add a splash of Champagne if using lobster or monkfish.
> Add warmed Apple Jack and flame before serving.
> Add crisp fried, drained and crumbled bacon to the dish as a garnish or mixed in before saucing.
> Add crumbled blue cheese, Stilton or Gorgonzola just before serving.

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* Did you think there was a recipe that I wouldn't suggest adding bacon to? You'd be wrong.