Malfatti with Wild Mushroom & Truffle Sauce

Malfatti with Wild Mushroom & Truffle Sauce
Small, soft dumplings of one kind or another have held an important place in Italian cuisine for a long, long time. There are many regional variations; gnocchi, gnudi, cavatielli and malloredus to name but a few. Our version is quite simple, comprised mainly of ricotta cheese and eggs, with a little finely grated parmesan cheese and fresh parsley and just enough flour to help hold everything together. This recipe is meant to be a guideline, but there is plenty of room for experimentation. Cooking should be fun, so feel free to use your imagination and creativity and make this wonderful dish your own.


2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 oz dried wild mushrooms
3 Tbsp Truffle Thrills White Truffle & Porcini
2 cups heavy cream


1 lb ricotta
1/4 cup flour, plus more as needed
4 egg yolks, plus 1 whole egg, beaten
2 Tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


The dough:


Put the ricotta in a fine sieve or cheesecloth-lined colander over a bowl to drain off excess liquid. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to drain overnight. The next day, gently stir together the ricotta, a scant 1/4 cup of the flour, the beaten egg & yolks, parsley, grated parmesan, salt and pepper until a soft dough forms. You can add a little more of the flour if the mixture seems too sticky, but use just enough to hold everything together.


It’s a bit of a trick to form the malfatti, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it. Start by dipping 2 tablespoons into cool water. With the first spoon, scoop up a heaping tablespoon of the ricotta mixture. Scoop the mixture out of the first spoon with the other spoon to form a smooth, egg-shaped oval. Place each malfatti on a baking sheet lightly dusted with flour. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.


The sauce:


Reconstitute the dried mushrooms by placing them in a small bowl and covering with very hot water. Allow them to steep for 20 – 30 minutes or until soft and pliable. Drain the mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid. Rinse the mushrooms in cool, running water to remove any traces of grit or debris. Drain again and chop coarsely.


Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy pan. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add 1 cup of the soaking liquid to the pan, taking care not to introduce any sediment that may have settled to the bottom. Raise the heat back up to medium and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the Urbani Truffle Thrills, then add the cream. Continue to cook until the liquid has reduced and become quite thick. Turn off the heat and keep warm.


The malfatti:


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle, but steady simmer. Use a spatula to gently lift a few of the malfatti from the baking sheet and slip them into the pot of water. Cook until the malfatti bob to the surface, about 3 – 5 minutes. Gently scoop them out with a skimmer as soon as they are cooked. Drain well and place into warm plates or bowls.


When all malfatti are cooked, top with the warm sauce and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.



Products suggested for this recipe:

Earthy Delights

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Okemos MI 48864

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