Crispy exterior and a soft cheesy interior, these toasted tortellini bites will make a great appetizer for all your Holiday parties.
It is December.
The season for get-togethers, pot lucks and parties.
Bite sized food are always fun. Perfect when you are holding that glass of wine in one hand.
Store-bought refrigerated tortellini, crusted and deep fried.
The usual. But, what makes these special? Blanching ’em first.
It transforms them into soft pillows with a crispy crust. YUM!!!
These are good for light lunch/dinner or kids snack any day.
Toasted Tortellini Bites
- 1 10 ounce package refrigerated cheese tortellini
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 eggs, large
- 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
- vegetable oil, for frying
- marinara sauce, for serving
- Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add tortellini and let cook until it floats on top (2-3 minutes). Drain and let cool.
- Prepare a breading station– Place all purpose flour in one bowl.– Into a second bowl, beat 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon water with fork, until mixed well.– Into a third bowl, stir breadcrumbs, parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes together, until thoroughly combined.
- Toss each tortellini in flour, then dip in beaten egg (turn to coat on all sides) and toss with parmesan-breadcrumb mixture. Place all prepared tortellinis on a plate.
- Pour vegetable oil into a pan up to 2-inches deep. Heat until moderately hot (about 350 degrress F) over medium heat.
- Deep fry tortellini (in batches) for about 3 minutes, until deep golden on all sides. Place on a paper towel lined plate.
- Serve hot with marinara sauce for dipping.
For make ahead option – blanch tortellini, drain, cool and store in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Deep fry just before serving.
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