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Culurgiones: an excellent Sardinian recipe

Culurgiones, Sardinian ravioli with a slightly oriental shape, resemble the classic Chinese ravioli, but they are really not the same at all. The filling is in fact much more intense in flavour, characterized by the unmistakable taste of fresh Sardinian pecorino, skillfully mixed with potatoes, garlic and mint. They are prepared throughout the region but obviously, from area to area, there are some interesting variations, certainly they must all be tried as each is good in its own way. The most renowned are the Ogliastra Culurgiones, which have become PGI products and appreciated all over the world.

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Culurgiones are the classic Sardinian ravioli with an elongated shape and a pinched edge, that recall (in shape, but not in the filling) the famous Chinese ravioli, well known and much appreciated in Italy. They are characterized by a medium / large size and by the filling which is rich and abundant. In the Ogliastra areas they are prepared with a typical filling of potatoes, garlic, pecorino and mint and have been recognized, just like many other typical Sardinian dishes, as an IGP product. They have a “wheat ear” closure that is obtained strictly by hand; the pasta itself for the base is a simple homemade pasta, freshly prepared.

Culurgiones: the recipe and its variations

The typical excellent recipe of the Sardinian Culurgiones is that of the Culurgiones dell’Ogliastra, of which we have just spoken. But actually there are many variations: the recipes change from family to family, as well as the “secret ingredients” that each of them keeps with care from generation to generation. In general, however, every area of ​​Sardegna has its own “favourite” version. In Gallura they are flavored with orange peel or lemon, in southern Sardinia the filling is based on ricotta, eggs and saffron, and in the areas of Talana and Urzulei there is a double wheat ear closure, carried out on both sides of the raviolo. But here is the recipe to prepare the olgiastrine Culurgiones in a few minutes.

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Culurgiones:: preparation and ingredients

Ingredients (for the pasta)

  • 120g of 00 flour
  • 240g of durum wheat semolina
  • 150ml of warm water
  • 10ml olive oil
  • Salt to taste.

Ingredients (for the filling)

  • 140g of Sardinian pecorino
  • 680g of white potatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic (or, if preferred, half a finely chopped onion)
  • Mint leaves (to be replaced with basil if preferred)
  • 10ml olive oil
Preparation
  • Boil the potatoes in abundant salted water, then peel them, mash them when they are still hot and mix them in a bowl with pecorino cheese, garlic, oil and mint. Leave the mixture to rest in the fridge for at least 6 / 8h
  • Separately prepare the dough, kneading all the ingredients energetically on a pastry board, until a smooth and compact mixture is obtained. Cover it with cling film after slightly dampening it with a little water (so that it remains moist) and let it rest for a few hours.
  • When preparing the Culurgiones, roll out the dough in a very thin sheet and make circles of 5 / 6cm in diameter, helping you with a cutter or a glass. Put a small amount of filling in the center of each and close them according to the traditional ear of wheat fold. Do not prepare more than 5/6 at a time, otherwise the pasta will dry out and you will struggle to close them.
  • Cook the Culurgiones in boiling salted water for 4/5 minutes. Then season them with a simple tomato sauce and a few leaves of basil.
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Where to eat the best Culurgiones in Sardinia?

It is possible to taste Culurgiones all over Sardinia, both in the most famous starred restaurants or in typical trattorias, or even during local festivals. However, we have some advice if you are looking for information on where to eat the best Culurgiones in Sardinia: among the recommended places La Pineta in Arzana definitely stands out, typical restaurant with medium-high prices. If you want to enjoy excellent Culurgiones but spend a little less, we can recommend the local Raviolo Sardo in Palau, in the province of Sassari. Otherwise we can suggest you go and discover Sardinian street food and try the Culurgiones sold during local fairs and festivals: you will not regret it!

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2 comments

  1. Живу на Сардинии 5-ый год. Прошу прощения, но не всё в Вашей статье корректно. Ольджастра – это неправильное прочтение слова Ogliastra. Правильно произносить “Ольястра”. И насчет рецепта: используются 2 вида муки: 1-ая - это всем нам знакомая белая пшеничная мука, которую здесь называют farina tipo 00, и 2-ая - это так называемая semola, которая напоминает нашу манку, ею же можно и заменить. Семолы берётся 3 части, а фарины 1. Это самое удачное соотношение для правильной текстуры теста для кулурджионес. И никогда и нигде на острове не используются отруби для создания этого теста! Мяту менять на базилик не надо - потеряется очарование этого рецепта. Даже сыр пекорино заменить на обычный типа “российского” можно, но мята обязана быть - свежая или сухая.

  2. Gracias por la receta, soy hijo de Sardo y voy a probar hacer los Culurgiones tal lo indicado.

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