Recipe by Ceil from NJ
This recipe came from my grandma Chiesa, and is absolutely the best. I'm 63, so you can figure how old the recipe is. It's authentic except for the wonton wrappers -- she made her own ravioli dough, which you can do, too. However, my sisters and I find the wrappers to be as good as her dough was, and some ravioli dough recipes to be not half as good.
Top Review by Annie in Michigan
What a great recipe! Thank God for grandmas. I hesitate to admit this because the recipe is so great as it is, but I added an envelope of Dry Italian Salad Mix Seasoning to the filling ingredients during the final mixing - it added just a little bit of zing. Thank you for sharing this great recipe and for the wonderful storage directions - perfect!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 lb fine ground pork
- 1 vidalia onion, diced
- 2 (1 lb) packages fresh spinach
- 2 lbs ricotta cheese, drain if very watery
- 1 egg
- 1 egg, beaten for sealing wrappers
- 120 wonton wrappers
- cornmeal, for sprinkling
Directions See How It's Made
- Sauté onions until translucent.
- Add pork and beef, salt, and pepper.
- Sauté until cooked.
- Break up ground meat into small pieces (I use a potato masher during sauté).
- Add 2 minced garlic cloves and cook another two minutes.
- Let cool.
- Lightly sauté spinach in butter or olive oil.
- Salt very lightly.
- Chop spinach up.
- Squeeze out excess water.
- You can use two packages of whole leaf frozen spinach cooked with butter and a little salt.
- Mix ricotta and egg together.
- Mix all above in a large bowl.
- Put a small teaspoon of filling in wrapper and brush edges of dough with egg using pastry brush.
- Put another wrapper on top and press edges flat together to seal.
- Place two sheets of waxed paper in the bottom of a large Tupperware container.
- Sprinkle paper with corn meal.
- Lay one layer of ravioli on waxed paper in container.
- Do not overlap ravioli.
- Sprinkle ravioli with cornmeal.
- Add another 2 layers of waxed paper to container.
- Sprinkle with cornmeal.
- Keep going until you're done.
- They stack well, and they freeze well.
- To cook, simmer 4-6 minutes in boiling water.