I came home last night after a very looong day wanting comfort food, preferably something fried. I had already planned to make some marinara sauce to replenish my freezer, so I tried to come up with something that would go with the fresh sauce. I decided on fried ravioli. I had never tried to fry them, so I wasn't sure how they would turn out. But, I was willing to give them a try. They turned out really well; crunchy on the outside, creamy in the middle. Dipped in marinara, they hit the spot. The only thing, was that I prepared WAY too many. So I'm going to try freezing the unused ravioli for another day.
2 c. Ricotta
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 c. oil for frying
marinara sauce for dipping (optional)
I have made ravioli using both fresh dough, and in a pinch, prepared wonton wrappers. I have to say, the wonton wrappers turned out really well. I would use them again if I needed to. Either way, prepare the dough into large squares. Mix together the cheeses with salt and pepper to taste.
Wet the dough square using water and a pastry brush.Place 1/2 tsp. of filling into each of the quadrants on the dough.
Place a second square on top of the filling. Press down firmly along edges to seal the dough and form 4 squares. I then used my pastry tool to cut out the four ravioli.
Repeat until you have enough ravioli.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Drop the ravioli into the water, a few at a time, to cook the dough a bit. The ravioli will float when they are done. Repeat in batches until all ravioli is cooked.
Heat oil in a pan. Add ravioli, a few at a time, turning them after a minute. They will turn golden after only a minute or two, so make sure you pay attention! Remove from pan and place on paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve immediately with marinara sauce for dipping.