While it’s not true that Eskimos have 500 words for snow, it is true that just about every culture has some sort of stuffed pasta (wonton, kreplach, and so on). Ravioli are versatile: Serve them as a first course or main course; fill them with plain cheese, fancy lobster, or hearty sausage. Chef Des Jardins’s dish is fairly simple, though making each ravioli can be somewhat time consuming. Using prepared wonton wrappers helps, but you still might want to turn the meal into a group activity and fire up the assembly line.
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