Friday, October 3, 2014

Deep Fried Tortillini

By now you know how much we love our pasta. It's quick, easy, and it's usually a dish everyone loves. Well when I saw this recipe I was immediately intrigued. I hadn't ever heard of deep frying pasta. I know what you're thinking, pasta is already not very healthy, and now here I  am making it worse. To that I say, everything in moderation! We did slightly modify the recipe from the original. We used different spices, different and jumbo tortellini, and we used our deep fryer instead of doing it on the stove top. It turned out delicious and it only took a couple to fill you up! If you are worried about it being unhealthy, make it for an appetizer for your next party so you'll only eat one or two. They were great reheated too. I just quickly ran them under water and baked them at 350 degrees about 10 minutes or until warm. Experiment with different flavors or tortellini and different sauce won't be disappointed! Enjoy! 

Deep Fried Tortellini


1 qt. peanut oil (in the original recipe, we used our deep fryer)
1 cup flour
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
3 Tablespoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 (9 ounce) packages of jumbo 5 cheese and spicy sausage tortellini
Pasta or Marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat your deep fryer to 350 degrees. If you don't have a deep fryer, preheat your oil in large stockpot over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels.

Get out 2 bowls and put the flour in one and the eggs in the other. In a large sealable bag, place your seasonings, cheese, and bread crumbs.

Start placing your tortellini in the flour, tossing to coat. Shake off any excess flour and place in the eggs. Again, shake off any excess, then place in the plastic bag and toss to coat. Repeat the process as many times as needed until all the tortellini are coated.

Once oil has reached the proper temperature, place several tortellini in carefully & allow to cook until golden brown and cooked throughout, about 5-6 minutes in the deep fryer. Remove and place on the baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining tortellini.

Let cool a couple of minutes and serve warm with any desired dipping sauces.

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