An Italian favorite, there’s only one way to make ravioli better – by frying it. Fried ravioli is easy to make and doesn’t require a deep fryer, although one can be used. First you want to start with some frozen raviolis, I prefer the square Deer Park ravs for this but I’m sure any will work. You want to start cooking them like you would make any regular ravioli, boil some water, add oil and add the pasta. Cook til they float.
Strain, them lay out individually on a plate so they don’t stick. Next you want to get yourself three bowls. Fill the first with some flour, the second with a couple beaten eggs, and the third with a combination of bread crumbs and panko. You can use either or, but I tried with about 50/50 of each and since it came out great I’ve stuck with it. The panko gives you a thicker, more fried feel which I like.
Get yourself a frying pan with about a half inch of olive oil going or a deep fryer. One by one, pat the ravioli in flour, then eggs, then really pat them good in the breading. You want to make sure that it sticks. Then drop them in the oil. If you’re using a pan you can probably fit 9 or 10 at a time. You don’t want them to overlap or they might not cook evenly. You’re going to want to flip them over after 5-10 minutes depending on the temperature you’re cooking at. Remember these are fully cooked already, so you’re just going for that nice golden brown crunch at this point. Remove and place on a paper towel so that the oil can be absorbed.
From here there are a few ways you can eat them. First would be to warm up a cup of marinara sauce and dip them. Or you could lay them out and drizzle some sauce on top, plus a little grated cheese. My favorite is to toss them in some sauce and throw into the oven for a couple minutes with a little bit of mozzarella on top. Any way you can’t go wrong.
Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
Grated parmesan (optional)
Frying pan / deep fryer
This is probably my favorite pasta dish and one of my favorite Italian style meals. The downside is the amount of cleanup needed (3 bowls, a pot, fryer, pan..) but they’re well worth it!
10 out of 10 all day as far as taste is concerned!