GreenChef Chad Sarno | Raw Beetroot Ravioli

chad ravioli GreenChef Chad Sarno | Raw Beetroot Ravioli

Beetroot Ravioli

Cashew-chive bourson cheese, green garlic oil, aged balsamic (raw)

This is one of my favorite and easiest versions of raw ravioli. In my Istanbul restaurant we offer many small plates, encouraging our guests to share and experience many options off of the menu. I offered this dish on our opening menu and it was by far the best selling small plate we offered for the winter and spring. It is a great starter or amusé for any Mediterranean focused meal, really giving the diner that first delicious introduction of what is to follow. The sweetness of the beetroot, and cashew based cheese is balanced out very nicely with the acid of the balsamic and spiciness of the garlic oil.

SERVES 6-8

For the Ravioli:

1 Large Beet, slice paper thin rounds and marinated in garlic oil, salt and pepper

½ Cup Cashew Herb Bourson Cheese (see recipe)

Aged Balsamic

Green Garlic Oil (see recipe)

Minced Chives

Course Sea Salt to taste

Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

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GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | Red Beet Ravioli

sarma red beet ravioli01 GreenChef Sarma Melngailis | Red Beet Ravioli

Red Beet Ravioli
with cashew cheese filling, tarragon, and pistachios (raw)

The colors in this dish are amazing: the bright blush of beets, the sunniness of yellow or orange pepper sauce, the summer-green herbs. When in season, experiment with candy stripe beets and try other herbs for the cashew filling. We use Sicilian pistachios that we buy at a Middle Eastern market. They’re a darker green and better-tasting than other types, especially when raw.

“Originally I tried to make red beet gnocchi using beet juice and ground up whole beets with other ingredients. They came out tasty, but our kitchen looked as if a gruesome crime had been committed. So I deconstructed the components a bit and came up with these much more manageable raviolis instead.” – SM

Recipe by Sarma Mengailis | Raw Food Real World (Harper Collins, 2005)

Serves 6 as a starter or 4 as a main course

For the filling:

3 cups cashew nuts, soaked for 2 hours or more

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 1/4 to 2 teaspoons salt

2 green onions, white and 1 inch green, minced

3 tablespoons minced tarragon

2 tablespoons minced parsley

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