Buttermilk Dipped Fried Ravioli Appetizers with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Crunchy, light pillows of ricotta cheese filling dipped in a delicious Marinara Sauce.  How does that sound to you?  When my Co-Worker, Kelly, described this delicious appetizer her eyes were rolling in the back of her head. "It's the buttermilk that gives that nice tang", she said.  Kelly is my kind of woman.  She's a foodie, just like me.  Sometimes, the two of us describe what we're craving, or what we made and it's a language that nobody else we work with can fully understand.  We foodies are a strange breed, aren't we?  Am I the only one whose pulse rate goes up, when I describe flavors and the other person understands? This is  the language of food love. Kelly speaks it.  I get it.  So, I had to make these. I bought a package of fresh cheese ravioli.  I made my own marinara sauce, which doesn't take that long.  Sometimes I stock Trader Joe's Tuscan Marinara Sauce for a quick meal.  I'll still love you if you don't make your own-- but try it sometime! It's not that hard!  What else? I have basil growing in the backyard.  Buttermilk is a staple in my fridge.  I was psyched.  Plus, Craig and I were having a vegetarian as a dinner guest.   I decided to GOOGLE "Fried Ravioli" and there was Giada's recipe.   Giada uses buttermilk, but I had to make a couple of changes.   I'm like that, at times. I swim against the current.  So, here we go:

Instead of using Italian breadcrumbs, I decided to try using Panko Crumbs.  Kelly has never used them.  Welcome to the world of golden crunch, folks.  I love panko crumbs, and I stock up on them whenever they are at Trader Joe's.  They're actually easy to find in the international section of your grocery store.

I seasoned the Panko crumbs with my own blend of Italian seasoning.  It's so much cheaper to make my own, since I already have dried herbs on hand.  If you don't have panko crumbs, use regular breadcrumbs. Again, I make my own breadcrumbs with a food processor. It's a great way to use stale bread.

This is 1% Buttermilk. I figure I can cut a fat gram or two, since I'm will be deep frying in oil! Ha!  Speaking of oil, Giada uses olive oil.  Well, that's a bit pricey for me.  I use peanut oil, which I buy in bulk.  You can use vegetable oil, too.  Start heating the oil until it reaches 325 degrees.  Use a thermometer.  Keep an eye on it, and if you have kids-- keep them at a safe distance.

Soak the ravioli in the buttermilk, for less than a minute. I figured four per person...



I refrigerated these until my guest was ready to arrive. Then, I got the oil heated and preheated the oven to WARM.  Prepare a plate with some paper towels...

I love this tool for deep frying, or even fishing out cooked pasta. Have some Parmesan cheese waiting...

Very carefully, slip the ravioli into the oil...

Cook them in batches so that they don't crowd. Turn them over when they are golden on one side-- about 3-4 minutes.

Almost there...

Carefully remove and set on a paper towel. Keep them warm in the oven.

These suckers blew up like a blowfish! No worries...

They smell incredibly good....

Now grate some fresh Parmesan all over!

Taste test.  I'm diving in. Crunch.

VERDICT:  Crunchy.  Surprisingly, very lite and not greasy or heavy.  Cheesy. The marinara sauce brings it home.   Our guest really liked them.  So did I. Kelly, you're a very smart woman.  Muwaaaaah!

While I make my own Marinara sauce and seasoning mix, I don't make my own Ravioli. That is still on my recipe bucket list.   One more thing-- I was surprised at how little oil this recipe really used.  I filter my oil and our it back into a bottle.  It can be reused a few more times.  I'm posting a printable recipe at the bottom of this post, plus how I make my own Italian seasoning and Marinara sauce.  I have no Italian DNA in me, that I know of.  It doesn't matter. I love Italian food!


                                Fried Ravioli with Marinara Dipping Sauce        <p>This appetizer is surprisingly light and crunchy. It&#8217;s also very easy to make ahead, and then to deep fry once your guests have arrived.</p>     <p>This recipe is adapted from Giada De Laurentiis.</p>             See Fried Ravioli with Marinara Dipping Sauce on Key Ingredient.    

                                Quick Marinara Sauce        <p>I have been making this quick sauce for years, since I saw Tyler Florence making it on How to Boil Water.  I&#8217;m creating this recipe card to give to my young son, who is learning to live on his own and how to cook meals on this own. It&#8217;s ...             See Quick Marinara Sauce on Key Ingredient.    

                                Italian Seasoning        <p>Why buy a spice mixture, when you can make your own? I save empty spice bottles (or buy them at places like World Market).  These come in handy when you want to a fast pasta dish, omelet, soup or whatever you can think of!  While I think of it, why ...             See Italian Seasoning on Key Ingredient.    
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