Wednesday, March 7, 2012

how to: make toasted raviloli with marinara sauce

I've made these before and they are so good. A great way to spice up pasta, but (warning) not in a healthy way. I found this recipe here.
You're going to need some ravioli. I like to get cheese and meat raviolis and cook half of each. Just however much you think you'll need. My husband and I ate about 20-25 when it was the only thing for dinner. I like just cheap store-bought kind like what you can find at Walmart. Make sure you thaw them first.
Then, 2 Tbsp milk
1 egg
Italian style bread crumbs-start with a cup but will probably need more
2-3 cups oil for frying
Marinara sauce for dipping-we used probably 2-3 cups?
Parmesan cheese

Heat the oil in a fondue pot or a medium sauce pan. We've used both and the fondue pot was definitely preferable. In a fondue pot turn the temperature up to 350-375 degrees. In a sauce pan warm it on medium heat until breading sizzles and browns when dropped in. Definitely do not heat the oil up so that it's boiling; tried that our first time and we had instant coal. Didn't smell too good either. Speaking of which, opening a window while you're cooking will help eliminate the oil smell afterward.
Mix the milk and egg together in a small bowl. Put the bread crumbs in another small/medium bowl.
Put the ravioli in the milk mixture then cover with bread crumbs and set in the oil. Cook as many as can fit - the raviolis are done in about a minute, when they are floating and golden brown.
While cooking the raviolis, warm marinara sauce in a small sauce pan.
Set the finished ravioli on a plate with a paper towel and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Once they're all done, eat immediately, the ones cooked first are starting to get a bit cold. Don't worry, the hot marinara sauce will help :).

Mmmm, don't they look delicious! :) It is a bit heavy (as I'm realizing now after dinner) to eat just these (but not regrettable ha). My husband and I would recommend cutting down the raviolis and adding a salad if you want it for dinner or they would make a great appetizer if you're having a party.

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