Veal Sweetbread with Roasted Fennel-Garlic Ravioli

Veal Sweetbread with Roasted Fennel-Garlic Ravioli
Staff Writer
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La Silhouette

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Offal is a much under-appreciated meat, but with the right sauce and the right technique, it can be delicious. Here, chef Matt Tropeano of La Silhouette pan-fries veal sweetbread and serves it with a tangy, fruity Meyer lemon sauce and oversized ravioli made from fresh pasta dough and stuffed with roasted fennel and garlic.

8
Servings
612
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the sweetbread

  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 pound veal sweetbread lobes

For the pickled fennel

  • 1 medium-sized bulb fennel, trimmed and sliced
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the Meyer lemon sauce

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Zest and juice of 6 Meyer lemons
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne, to taste

For the ravioli

  • 1 bulb fennel, cored and quartered
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 head garlic plus 3 cloves, chopped
  • 30 3/4 ounces all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 7 whole eggs
  • 13 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 head escarole, sliced into ribbons
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts

Directions

For the sweetbread

Bring a large pot of salted water to just under a simmer over medium heat. Poach the lobes for about 6 minutes. Place sweetbreads in a casserole pan, and place another casserole pan over the sweetbreads, flat side down.

Apply a weight on the top dish to "press the sweetbreads." (This makes them more uniform and easier to cook.) Refrigerate overnight.

For the pickled fennel

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. With tongs, sterilize a canning jar and lid by placing them in the water for about 10 minutes. Carefully remove the jar and lid and place the fennel in the jar.

In a pot, combine the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and pour into the jar over the fennel. The fennel is ready as soon as it is cooled, but can sit for 1-2 days to pickle even more.

For the Meyer lemon sauce

Heat a pan over medium heat until hot and caramelize the honey for 1 minute. Then, add the lemon juice and bring to simmer. Add the lemon zest and garlic and reduce the liquid by ½.

Let the sauce cool. In a blender, combine the sauce with a little water to reach the desired consistency of a loose mayonnaise. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne, to taste. Set aside.

For the ravioli

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Season the fennel with the salt and pepper, to taste, and wrap together with the ½ head garlic in aluminum foil. Transfer to a baking dish or sheet and roast until tender, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the flour in the bowl of an electric mixer, and set the mixer speed to low. Add in the eggs and 12 of the egg yolks 1 at a time and increase the speed to medium. Drizzle in the olive oil and water and knead the dough until elastic and smooth, about 10 minutes. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before using.

Remove the fennel from the oven and let cool. Place in a blender, add the Parmigiano-Reggiano and remaining egg yolk, and blend until well combined. Set aside.

Lightly flour the work surface. Roll the dough in a pasta machine to the second setting or roll out using a rolling pin. Once the dough is flattened, cut into rectangles 3-inches across. Use the filling to make oversized ravioli and then fold the dough to enclose the ravioli. Use a fork to seal all sides and refrigerate.

Remove the sweetbread from the refrigerator and cut into the desired portions. In a pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Dust the sweetbread in flour, and lightly pan-fry them until golden brown on both sides.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the ravioli for 4 minutes and drain. Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and add the remaining garlic, escarole, and pickled fennel. Sauté the escarole for about 12 minutes and then toss the ravioli into the escarole. Top the ravioli with the sweetbread, Meyer lemon sauce, and pine nuts.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
100g
77%
Protein
23g
50%
Vitamin A, RAE
45µg
6%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
86mg
9%
Choline, total
42mg
10%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
240µg
60%
Iron, Fe
9mg
50%
Magnesium, Mg
53mg
17%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
236mg
34%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
43µg
78%
Sodium, Na
233mg
16%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
89g
3%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Veal Shopping Tip

There are 5 different kinds of veal depending on age and how it has been fed.

Veal Cooking Tip

Veal may require placement of an additional layer of fat around the meat to prevent it from drying out.

Veal Wine Pairing

Chenin blanc with cream soups; pinot noir, gamay, grenache, or other light red wines with tomato-based soups, including tomato-based seafood soups; sercial or bual madeira or fino or manzanilla sherry with consommé or black bean soup; amontillado with black bean soup.