Celebrity Chef Charlie Trotter’s Recipe for National Goat Cheese Month

Posted by Alexis Washington

Chef Charlie Trotter opened his first restaurant in Chicago in 1987, and it’s been a hit ever since. Named one of Restaurant Magazine’s best restaurants in the world, with a two-star star Michelin Guide award, Charlie Trotter’s has gained notoriety as one of the premiere dining establishments in the United States. Though the restaurant is closing its doors this month, you can still enjoy Charlie’s award-winning tastes at home. Try this delicious spin on a classic ravioli!

Goat Cheese and Basil Ravioli with Tomato Water
(Serves 4)


  •     4 ounces soft goat cheese
  •     2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  •     2 tablespoons minced shallots
  •     2 tablespoons chopped
  •     fresh chives
  •     Salt and freshly ground
  •     black pepper
  •     32 3-inch square wonton skins
  •     1 egg, lightly beaten
  •     12 red teardrop tomatoes, peeled and blanched
  •     4 yellow teardrop tomatoes, peeled and blanched
  •     1 tablespoon tiny red basil shoots
  •     1 tablespoon tiny green basil shoots


To prepare the tomato water:
Purée the tomatoes and season with salt. Pour the purée into a cheesecloth-lined sieve set in a large bowl and refrigerate for 8 hours, or until all of the juices have dripped from the purée.

Discard the solids from the tomato purée and place the tomato water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, or until warm. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To prepare the ravioli filling:
Place the goat cheese, chopped basil, shallots, and chives in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To prepare the ravioli:
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Place a wonton skin on a flat work surface and spoon 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center. Lightly brush the edges with the egg and top with another wonton skin. Firmly press the edges of the wontons to seal. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. (The ravioli can be prepared to this point several hours in advance and refrigerated on a floured sheet pan.) Cook the ravioli in the boiling water for 3 minutes, or until al dente, then drain.

Place 4 ravioli in each shallow bowl and ladle 3 red tomatoes, 1 yellow tomato, and tomato water over each bowl.

Sprinkle red and green basil shoots over the ravioli and top with freshly ground black pepper.

Posted by Alexis Washington
Alexis Washington writes about expert keynote speakers and Motivational Speakers, as well as tips and tricks for corporate meeting planners. If you need a guest professional speaker or corporate entertainer for your next convention or conference, you can visit

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