Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Estate House Fall Recipe Tip

Bounty of the Season Inspires Sweet & Savory Pumpkin Cuisine

The culinary team at Estate House, the SouthBridge dinner house in downtown Scottsdale, celebrates autumn with a creative and inspired menu incorporating the region’s best seasonal produce.  “The seasons have always defined our cooking here,” says Executive Chef Gio Osso.  “We all anticipate and welcome the first pumpkins and are excited to offer our guests the tastes of the fall.”  Chef Osso shares an old, Italian family recipe that his mother used to make during the Halloween holiday.  His recipe is an easy way to turn a jack-o-lantern into a delicious, flavorful dish. 
Pumpkin Mascarpone Ravioli with
Brown Butter, Sage, Raisins, Pine Nuts and Pecorino
Gio Osso-Executive Chef Estate House
1 small pumpkin
½ cup of mascarpone cheese
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ cup of honey
¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
½ cup of white wine
Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh pasta sheets
(For the sauce)
1 stick of butter
¼ cup of pine nuts
¼ cup of raisins
1 sprig of sage leaves
¼ cup pecorino cheese, shaved
Split the pumpkin in half removing the seeds.  In a baking dish with a rack in it, place the pumpkin on the rack.  Pour the honey and wine over the pumpkin and season with the dry ingredients. Place in a 325 degree oven until pumpkin becomes fork tender. Remove from oven and let cool.
Once pumpkin is cool, scoop out the flesh and put in a bowl. Add mascarpone cheese and mix thoroughly adjusting the seasoning with salt and pepper. Fill your pasta sheets with the pumpkin mixture and make into ravioli. These ravioli can be frozen for later use.
For the sauce, brown the butter in a sauté pan and add the nuts, raisins and sage. While making the sauce, cook the ravioli in heavily salted water until they float. Strain ravioli and place in the sauce for the last 2-4 minutes of cooking to combine the flavors. Serve ravioli with the shaved pecorino cheese on top. Bon Appétit!

Estate House is a multi-level lunch and dinner house featuring delightfully inventive American Contemporary by the expert hands of Executive Chef Gio Osso.   The main dining room is warmly inviting with a relaxed ambiance derived from the juxtaposition of European countryside comfort and polished, stylized features. For pre-or post dinner libations, Upstairs at Estate House is situated on the third floor.  Blending the sophistication of a glamorous, uptown city lounge with the comfort of a well-appointed living room, guests enjoy live entertainment and a distinctive seasonal lounge menu. 
Estate House is located at:
7134 E. Stetson Drive Suite 200 Scottsdale, AZ 85251. 
For more information call 480-970-4099 or visit the website at www.estatehouseaz.com       

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