Sunday, November 20, 2011

Toasted Ravioli

Yes, I know it's been a while since I experimented with my own recipes, but I am thrilled to finally be back at it!

I have a long-standing love for toasted ravioli reaching back to a high school band trip to St. Louis, which is where this is supposed to have started. I don't know about that, but I know it's tasty!

This has got to be one of the simplest appetizers/snacks I've ever made because of one thing - my little deep fryer. If you don't have one, you can just use a pot of oil (it really doesn't take a ton) but since I have the fryer, it was one less thing to fool with.

I tried this two different ways - plain raviolis tossed in the fryer and those that have been breaded and then fried. Those that were breaded were a thousand times more successful!

I used pre-packaged frozen raviolis. If you want to go to the trouble to make your own, I applaud you, but I don't know that I would fry beautiful homemade ravioli! The whole process was very simple. I defrosted the ravioli, dipped them in a mixture of egg and a little milk, and then into italian bread crumbs. It takes longer to bread them than it does to fry them, that's how simple they are!

They went into the fryer at 325 degrees a few at a time because I didn't want them to stick together and you need room to flip them. I really don't have a time on it because I'm guessing it's about 90 seconds total but you can't set a timer and walk away. You put them in and give them just a few seconds and they will start to float. After they're all up, give them a flip and keep an eye on how brown they are. I usually flip them a little too early (better safe than sorry!) and then flip them again just to let them brown evenly. Then pull them out and let them drain.

That's it! Serve them with a little tomato sauce (or just eat them plain!) I thought about taking a picture about the time I popped the last one into my mouth. Oops!

These would make a lovely addition to any party, football or otherwise! If you give them a try, let me know what you think!

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