Orecchiete Wiith Marinated Eggplant, Burrata & Chiles

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Recipe by Manami

At New York City's A Voce, Missy Robbins makes this elegant, decadent pasta dish with burrata, the creamy cow's-milk cheese from Italy. She says, "I absolutely love burrata, but this recipe also includes my trifecta of favorite ingredients: marjoram, lemon and chiles." Best New Chef 2010: Missy Robbins - F&W Magazine, July 2010 publication :) Robbins likes using the chile peppers in olive oil from BuonItalia (buonitalia.com). You can also use pickled cherry peppers.Staff favorite - vegetarian dish! From Best New Chefs and Their Simplest Recipes, Published July 2010 ;)

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan.
  2. Brush the cut sides of the halved eggplants with olive oil and season with salt; grill the eggplants cut side down over moderate heat until lightly charred, about 4 minutes.
  3. Turn and continue grilling until just browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.
  4. Let cool; dice the eggplants and transfer to a bowl.
  5. Pour the vinegar over the eggplant and toss well.
  6. In a small saucepan, combine the 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of olive oil with the garlic, marjoram sprigs, crushed red pepper and 2 teaspoons of kosher salt.
  7. Bring the oil to a simmer, then pour it over the eggplant and toss; let stand for 1 hour.
  8. Discard the marjoram sprigs.
  9. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the orecchiette until al dente.
  10. Drain the pasta, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking water.
  11. Add the eggplant to the pot and cook over moderate heat, stirring lightly, until hot, about 30 seconds.
  12. Add the orecchiette and the reserved cooking water and cook, tossing, for about 30 seconds.
  13. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the pecorino and parsley.
  14. Spoon the pasta into bowls.
  15. Dot the pasta with the creamy burrata filling.
  16. Garnish with the lemon zest, chile strips and marjoram leaves and serve.
  17. WINE:*.
  18. Rich, spicy dishes like this pasta will overwhelm reds that don't have equally robust flavors. A good place to find these kinds of reds is Italy's central Abruzzo region, which produces lush, berry-packed wines from the Montepulciano grape. Try the peppery 2007 Nicodemi Notari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or the smooth 2006 Valle Reale Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.

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