Black Friday comes and goes every year. It’s the biggest shopping day of the year, and my husband works in retail. Since I’m not much of a shopper, and he’s guaranteed to be gone all day, I’m going to transform all those lovely Thanksgiving leftovers into new delicious dishes!
Leftovers are great, as is, but if you’re like me, you get a bit jaded after the second time around. No one would ever know that this beautiful orange pasta started out as a sweet potato casserole!
Sift together the flour and salt and add it to the bowl of your mixer. Then whisk together the sweet potato casserole and eggs. Mix with the dough hook attachment till the dough pulls away from the sides.
Divide the dough in two and roll out onto a well floured surface, or if you have one, use your pasta roller attachment. If rolling by hand, like I was, try to get the pasta as thin as possible, 1/8 inch is fine.
Decide what kind of pasta you want, shape it and then cook it! I decided to do ravioli! Filled with leftover turkey, ricotta cheese and dried cranberries. Oh, did I mention I decided to fry it also?! Then I drizzled some brown butter on top! Oh yeah! Thanksgiving leftovers never tasted so good!
Place small dollops of the filling onto the rolled out dough.
Then cover with the second piece of rolled pasta dough. Using your fingers, press around the dollop of filling, trying to squeeze out any air bubbles.
I used a cup to cut circles around each filled area.
Then, using the tines of a fork, press around the edges of the raviolis, to ensure a good seal. Store on a floured baking sheet before cooking.
Sweet Potato Pasta
- 2 1/2 cups flour + more for rolling
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup left over sweet potato casserole
- 3 eggs
“If you don’t have leftover casserole, just mash up some cooked sweet potatoes.”
- Sift together the flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Whisk the sweet potatoes with the eggs.
- Add the sweet potato mixture to the flour and mix with the dough hook attachment till a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Divide the dough in to two portions and roll out on a well floured surface, adding more flour as needed so the dough doesn’t stick.
- Shape the dough to your desire and cook.
Cooking the pasta:
“Don’t overcrowd the pot when frying. Fry two raviolis at time.”
- If frying raviolis, heat 1 inch of oil in a small pot fitted with a candy thermometer. When it reaches 350 degrees, cook the pasta 30-45 seconds on each side or till slightly brown. Remove and allow to drain on paper towels.
“Brown butter is a perfect sauce for this pasta. Just melt a stick of butter over medium heat and continue to cook till the solids turn golden brown. Transfer to a separate bowl and drizzle over your pasta!”
- If boiling pasta, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Gently drop the pasta in and cook for 5 minutes. This is fresh pasta so it doesn’t need to cook very long. Drain the pasta and toss with brown butter, or your favorite sauce.