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Recipe: Turkey and squash ravioli in brown butter-sage sauce

By The Washington Post

Wonton wrappers are ideal for making ravioli. The round ones used here are sold as gyoza or nasoya wrappers. This recipe would be a good place to use the dark meat — the leg and thigh — which is often overlooked on the turkey platter. Leftover squash finds a home here, too.

For the filling:

2 tablespoons olive oil

3/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 ½ cups leftover turkey, cut into small pieces

1 cup mashed leftover squash

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme

1 ½ teaspoons dried sage

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the ravioli

60 round wonton wrappers (one 12-ounce package)

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh sage

3 tablespoons chopped pecans

For the filling: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, cook the onion and garlic together until softened and lightly browned, about eight minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the turkey, squash, cheese, parsley, thyme, sage, salt and pepper, stirring to combine thoroughly.

For the ravioli: Set out a cooling rack.

Lay out 10 wonton wrappers on a work surface. Place about 1/2 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each wrapper.

Working with one wrapper at a time, brush or dab water along the outside edge and fold the wrapper into a semicircle, pressing gently to expel air and seal the edges together.

Pick up each ravioli and use your thumb and forefinger to pinch it along the curved edge to assure a tight seal. Repeat with the remaining wrappers to use all the filling, placing the filled ravioli on the rack as you work.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Working in four batches, add the ravioli and cook for about four minutes, until they are tender and rise to the top. Use a large slotted spoon or skimmer basket to gently lift the ravioli from the water and transfer them to the rack.

When all of the ravioli are cooked, heat the butter and sage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and begins to brown, about five minutes. Add the ravioli and toss gently to coat.

Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with the pecans.

(If the skillet isn't large enough to hold and comfortably coat all of the ravioli at once, place the ravioli on the serving platter and pour the sauce over them, tossing gently to coat, then sprinkle with the pecans.)

Makes about 60 ravioli (6 servings)

Nutrition per serving: 540 calories, 17 g protein, 40 g carbohydrates, 34 g fat, 14 g saturated fat, 100 mg cholesterol, 850 mg sodium, 5 g dietary fiber, 2 g sugar

Adapted from a recipe by Terri Pischoff Wuerthner, a cooking instructor and food writer in California.

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