I am very lucky that my mother-in-law is an amazing cook, and she lives right down the road, which is beneficial when I don’t feel like cooking dinner. A few years ago she taught me how to make fried ravioli, my now go-to dinner for nights that I don’t feel like spending an hour in the kitchen. Start to finish it takes about 30 minutes and tastes like it took hours.
After I learned how to make this delicious twist on regular ravioli, I make sure to always have my pantry stocked with cooking oil, canned tomatoes and tomato paste. In my refrigerator there are always wonton wrappers and some sort of cheese. I love to use fresh herbs in all of my cooking and recently started an herb garden from kitchen scraps (stay tuned for a how-to on kitchen scrap gardening). These raviolis are great to make as a snack during the day, as an appetizer at parties, or for dinner.
I like to switch up the filling and try out different spreads. I’ve used everything from mozzarella cheese balls to a garlic and herb cheese spread. My favorite is goat cheese filling. I’ll use garlic and herb goat cheese and mix it with some red pepper flakes, fresh basil, fresh oregano, some sea salt and a pinch of flour. The flour helps keep the filling from evaporating during the frying process. I’ve also made sweet raviolis by mixing cream cheese with some honey and sugar and frying them. Fried raviolis are so easy to make and the filling can be something different every time.
I like to make my own sauce by mixing the tomato paste with diced tomatoes, fresh herbs, and some water. If you don’t have time to make homemade sauce, use a jar of marinara sauce and add some herbs to it. If you want to make a dessert-like ravioli, sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar over the top when they are done frying and then drizzle with honey or chocolate sauce.