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You NEED These Crispy Scrumptious Morsels In Your Life!
I will be so bold as to say you NEED Toasted Ravioli in your life! Here you will find a recipe for these that is super easy and super delicious!
- You NEED These Crispy Scrumptious Morsels In Your Life!
- What Is Toasted Ravioli?
- Where Did This Dish Come From?
- My Introduction To Toasted Ravioli
- What Ingredients Are Needed To Make Toasted Ravioli?
- How To Make This Perfect Finger Food!
- What To Serve With Toasted Ravioli!
- Can Dogs Eat Toasted Ravioli?
- Some Other Recipes And Foods You May Enjoy!
- The One The Only Toasted Ravioli!
What Is Toasted Ravioli?
Toasted Ravioli is PURE GENIUS! Funny then that it supposedly came about by accident. A ravioli was apparently accidentally dropped into a fryer or oil. The result was a crispy, delicious, and scrumptious ravioli! It's also a perfect finger food!
Actually, the filled pasta is fried and not toasted. This Wikipedia article mentions that one of the persons who claimed to invent this food said that he thought "toasted" was a more appealing word than "fried." 😊
Where Did This Dish Come From?
These delicious morsels come from St. Louis, Missouri. They most likely originated in an Italian-American neighborhood in St. Louis called "The Hill." There are several Italian restaurants in the area including Mama Campisi's and Charlie Gitto's. These are a couple that lay claim to have created this dish.
Usually, these raviolis are filled with either a meat or cheese stuffing. They are breaded and fried, and then served with marinara sauce. Parmesan cheese is often sprinkled on top.
My Introduction To Toasted Ravioli
I first tasted this amazing food at Imo's Pizza. Imo's is a pizza chain whose headquarters is in St. Louis, Missouri.
Their ravioli is filled with beef and lightly breaded. They are then "deep fried to crispy golden-brown perfection" (from imospizza.com).
After my first bite I was in HEAVEN! I still vividly remember dunking the raviolis in the marinara sauce and then savoring each bite!
So, I absolutely had to try my hand at these when I returned home from St. Louis.
What Ingredients Are Needed To Make Toasted Ravioli?
Only a handful of ingredients are needed to make this perfect appetizer!
You will need:
- Ravioli (I used cheese but you can use any kind you like!)
- Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- Vegetable oil
- Marinara sauce (to serve with)
- Parmesan (to top with)
You can use fresh or frozen ravioli. If you are using frozen ravioli, just thaw it overnight in the fridge before using.
This dish only requires a short list of ingredients and a little of your time. So, let's make some Toasted Ravioli!
How To Make This Perfect Finger Food!
It's SUPER EASY to make this wonderful appetizer! First, we will do a little dredging!
Start by dredging the ravioli in flour, shaking off the excess. Follow by dredging in whisked egg (also shaking off the excess), and then Italian breadcrumbs. These are now ready to fry!
Heat up some vegetable oil in a deep skillet (I used my cast iron skillet) to around 360F. Once the oil is hot, start frying the ravioli in batches being sure not to crowd.
You are aiming for the ravioli to turn a lovely golden brown color. Use your best judgement when to flip the pieces (when you see the edges start to turn brown). It took me around 30-45 seconds before I flipped them over. If you need to flip them over several times to get the color you want it's perfectly fine. 😃
Once they have turned a nice golden brown drain on some paper towels.
What To Serve With Toasted Ravioli!
The PERFECT way to serve this perfect appetizer is sprinkled with some grated Parmesan with marinara sauce to accompany.
This is SO SO GOOD! My husband Steve could NOT stop eating this and my dog Toby wouldn't leave me alone until I gave him a few extra pieces!
I do hope you will treat yourself to some easy to make and absolutely scrumptious Toasted Ravioli soon!
Can Dogs Eat Toasted Ravioli?
Although I wouldn't recommend feeding your dog toasted ravioli on a regular basis, as an occasional treat it should be ok! Here is our dog Toby enjoying a bit of Toasted Ravioli and St. Louis Style Pizza during our trip to Imo's Pizza!
Some Other Recipes And Foods You May Enjoy!
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The One The Only Toasted Ravioli!
- deep fat fryer or deep skillet (I used a cast iron skillet)
- 1 lb ravioli any filled ravioli will do your choice! If you buy frozen ravioli, simply allow to thaw overnight in your fridge
- 1.5 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
- ½ cup flour
- 2 eggs whisked
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- marinara sauce to serve with
- grated Parmesan cheese to garnish with
- Start by dredging the ravioli in flour, shaking off the excess.
- Follow by dredging in whisked egg (also shaking off the excess), and then Italian breadcrumbs. These are now ready to fry!
- Heat up some vegetable oil in a deep skillet or deep fat fryer (I used my cast iron skillet) to around 360F. If you use a deep fat fryer you may need to add more than 2 cups of the vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, start frying the ravioli in batches being sure not to crowd. When you see the edges start to brown flip the ravioli over.
- It took me around 30-45 seconds each side to get the ravioli a nice golden brown color. However, use your best judgment as to how long to fry them. You are aiming for the color to be a nice deep golden brown. You may need to flip them over a few times to get the color that you want. Drain on paper towels after removing from the skillet/fryer.
- Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and serve with marinara sauce!