Fried cheese ravioli is a delicious starter which is quite similar to mozzarella sticks or other cheese stuffed appetizers. Since it is made of pasta it can be quite heavy. For my appetite, it is a meal in itself. You may replace the tomato dip with marinara sauce if desired. Adding chili flakes will also give it an interesting twist. Enjoy!
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups panko breadcrumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs)
500g pack cheese ravioli
Sunflower or canola oil, for deep-frying
300ml can chopped tomatoes
Parsley, for serving
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Salt and pepper to taste
Place the buttermilk in a medium sized bowl. Do the same for the bread crumbs.
Half fill a saucepan or deep fryer with oil and heat it over medium heat.
Dip a piece of ravioli in buttermilk and then coat it in breadcrumbs. Do this for the rest of the ravioli. Place them on a platter, making sure that they are apart.
Fry the ravioli in batches for 1-2 minutes or until they are golden brown and crisp. Do not overcrowd them. Once they are cooked, remove them from the oil and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil.
In a separate saucepan, prepare the dip by heating the tomatoes in a small saucepan over medium heat. Season it with salt and pepper. Transfer it to a small bowl.
Place the fried cheese ravioli on a serving platter and sprinkle it with parsley and Parmesan cheese. Serve it with the tomato dip.
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