Seadas con Miele

A seàda (also written as sebàdaseatta or sevada) is a typical dessert from Sardinia that we saw on restaurant menus everywhere. It is a large ravioli that is filled with unaged local sheep’s milk cheese (pecorino sardo primosale), then deep-fried in olive oil and served with honey (or powdered sugar). When I looked for recipes, I noticed that many of them included lemon or orange zest in the filling. That makes a huge difference, as together with using a special honey it takes this from an average dessert (like the seadas we had in Sardinia) to something that is truly delicious. As usual with Italian cooking the quality of the ingredients is very important, and the choice of ingredients is local. And so there is no 00 flour and eggs in the dough, but semolina flour, lard, and water. The honey to be used for this should have some bitter notes, like chestnut honey or strawberry tree honey (corbezzolo in Italian, Latin name Arbutus unedo). If you can’t find pecorino sardo primosale, another sheep’s milk cheese that has been aged for only a short time will work as well. If you know how to make ravioli (click here for tips), then making seadas is pretty straightforward.

Ingredients

Makes 4 seadas

150 grams (1 cup) semolina flour (semola di grano duro rimacinata)

1 Tbsp lard or olive oil

80 ml (1/3 cup) of lukewarm water

grated zest of 1 small untreated orange

80 grams (3 oz) freshly grated young sheep’s milk cheese, preferably pecorino sardo primosale

olive oil for frying

chestnut honey or corbezzolo (strawberry tree) honey, for serving

Instructions

To make the dough, combine 150 grams semolina flour with 1 tablespoon lard and 80 ml of lukewarm water in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Mix using the paddle attachment.

Add a bit more water (drop by drop) if needed to let the dough come together into a ball.

When the dough has come together, switch over to the dough hook and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

To make the filling, grate the zest of an untreated orange.

Mix this with 80 grams of freshly grated sheep’s milk cheese.

Roll out the dough like you would for pasta. I rolled it out to setting “7” on a pasta machine for which “9” is the thinnest setting. Use a cookie cutter with a diameter of 10 cm (4 inches) to create 8 rounds of dough. If needed, you can roll the trimmings into a ball and roll them out again. Please the rounds on a work surface that is dusted with flour.

Place a layer of cheese on half of the rounds, making sure to keep the outer edge (about 6 mm or 1/4 inch) bare.

Put the other rounds on top, with the side that has been dusted with flour facing upwards. Seal tightly with your fingers, stroking along the top to seal with as little air inside as possible.

Now use a cookie cutter of 9 cm (3.5″) to remove the excess dough. Make sure the cookie cutter is wide enough so that you don’t cut into the cheese filling.

It is nice to use a ribbed cookie cutter for this, because it will look more pretty.

Pour a layer of about 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) of olive oil into a frying pan and heat the oil to about 180C/350F. Then turn the heat down to medium and place the seadas in the hot oil with the flat side down.

Immediately start pouring hot oil on top of the seadas using a ladle or large spoon. This is to cook the upper side without turning them around.

Make sure the heat is not too high, as otherwise the bottom side will burn before the upper side is cooked.

The seadas are finished if the upper side is slightly golden and is full of blisters.

Allow the seadas to drain on paper towels, then put one seada on each plate and pour chestnut honey or corbezzolo honey on top.

Serve at once.

Wine pairing

This is great with a full bodied passito, a sweet wine from Italian made from dried grapes. Because of the honey it should really be full bodied. A perfect choice would be a nasco from Sardinia like Latinia by Santadi, but since I didn’t have a bottle of that I selected a Ramandolo instead. This is a DOCG for passito from Friuli made from Verduzzo Friulano. Ben Ryè, a moscato passito from Pantelleria by Donnafugata, would also be an outstanding choice.

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12 thoughts on “Seadas con Miele

    1. Have just been to your fabulous site: totally my kind of cooking . . . oh, am writing from E Australia. Cannot find a way to get the blog by email and, because of lack of time I do not use Facebook. Is it possible?

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  1. Totally new recipe for me. Altho’ not a dessert maker/eater, would love to try this one . . . love the making process: needs a little love and patience like risotto . . .

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  2. Hi stef
    U r really into Sardinian food right now! If u r interested, check the sweets of this young patissiere who has become one of the leading figures for traditional sardinian pastries (higly decorated, lots oh honey and endless little biscuits): google Roberto Murgia + pasticceria sarda: pretty amazing.
    Considering u read italian, check these small publishing houses: their books on regional cooking are generally very good:

    http://www.editorefrancomuzzio.it/collane/cucine-regionali.php

    http://www.tarka.it/categoria-prodotto/ebook/cucine-del-territorio-ebook/

    i think you should also love this massive tome

    https://www.ibs.it/grande-enciclopedia-della-gastronomia-libro-marco-guarnaschelli-gotti/e/9788804583318

    It is really special: a dictionary of ingredients and recipes written by a famous gastro journalists- massive and really special

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