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Aug 16, 2007 07:33 PM

Malfatti anyone?

I had my first encounter with malfatti last week in NYC and I can't stop thinking about them. Essentially, a spinach and ricotta dumpling, almost a ravioli minus the pasta.

I did a search for a few recipes and it doesn't look too hard to make and needs no special equipment. But I wanted your opinion and recipes if you have one.

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. I have learned that spinach and ricotta dumpling as Ravioli Nudi. The Malfatti I have encountered was "badly" cut or irrigularly cut pasta.

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    1. See the latest edition of Cook's Illustrated for a terrific ricotta dumpling (gnocchi). It's not made with spinach, but basil. Delicious and light, no special equipment needed and quite easy to do. You can even freeze in advance. As far as names go, there are many Italian regional dishes that go under the same names and are different products or vice versa. And if you think dumplings are bad, don't even get started on regional complexities with cookies...

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      1. re: rexsreine

        thanks y'all, i think that maybe I'll try out a few different recipes and report back.

      2. Malfatti - translation = "poorly made" due to their uneveness and unique shape and cuts
        I think it is "gnudi" or "nudi" you want; translation = "naked" as in stuffing from a ravioili without the pasta dough.