Sunday, October 3, 2010

Time for Faux "Fried Ravioli with Marinara Sauce

Hey everyone!  As I promised, but a bit late is the Faux "Fried" Ravioli with Marinara Sauce.  This recipe is sooooo easy, anyone can throw it together 20 minutes before the game, or for a quick lunch.
Nothing is handmade in this recipe.  So no pasta or sauce making! (I do love home made pasta, but this is so good, it is not necessary!)

Let's get to cookin!

1 Bag Frozen Cheese Ravioli
1 Small Jar of your favorite Marinara or Pizza Sauce
1 Small bag of shredded Italian cheese mix.  I suggest Sargento 6 Cheese Italian Mix (it is my fav!)
1 1/2 cups Italian Bread Crumbs (seasoned)
1/4 cup of  shaker style Parmesan Cheese
1 plastic quart ziplock style bag
 EGG Wash (2 eggs and about 1/2 c. milk, mixed well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Prepare frozen pasta according to directions.  (Personally, I put on a large pot of boiling water, add some olive oil and salt and bring to a boil.   Then put in the ravioli and boil for 5 minutes or until done)

Drain Ravioli and allow to cool down a bit.  While the ravioli is cooling make the egg wash.  Mix 2 eggs with approximately 1/2 cup of milk in a shallow small baking dish.
Mix the bread crumbs and Parmesan Cheese in the plastic ziplock style bag.  (this keeps your fingers and hands from getting too messy.)

Once the ravioli has cooled enough to handle, place 6 to 8 ravioli in the egg wash, turning to make sure they are completely covered in the egg wash.  Shake excess from the ravioli and place in the plastic bag.  Shake until well coated.  Remove and place on a baking sheet.  You can spray it if you like with cooking spray to minimize sticking, but I have yet to have these beauties stick.  Continue to coat the remaining ravioli, 6 to 8 at a time with the egg wash and shake in the breadcrumb/cheese mixture.  If you run short on the breadcrumb/cheese mixture, just mix up additional in the same ziplock style bag.  Once they are all on the baking sheet, place in the oven, which has been preheated to 350 degrees, and bake for 7 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.  (I hit the broiler for the last 3 minutes to give them a bit more crunch and a bit more color.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle them with the Italian Shredded cheese.  Place back in the oven and bake for 3 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted.  Remove from the oven and allow to rest on the baking sheet.

Next, heat your marinara or pizza sauce.  I just pop the open jar in the microwave and heat for 30 sec. intervals, stirrring after each, until the sauce is hot.  Pour the sauce into a dipping cup or cups.

And there you have it.  Plate it up and gobble them down!  These little beauties are fantastic to have during the big game!

Goodness look at that cheese filling!

I hope that you all get a chance to make these.  They have the crunch of being fried, but the goodness of being baked.

Stay tuned, because I have some super easy Pumpkin Muffins that taste so good, you won't believe they came from a boxed mix!

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