This post is sponsored by Olivieri. All opinions are 100% mine.
Valentine’s Day is coming up!
Do you have any big plans for dinner yet? I posted a romantic pasta recipe a few weeks ago, but today I thought I’d share something more kid-friendly because kids love Valentine’s Day too.
I breaded and fried heart-shaped ravioli (from Olivieri) and served them with warm Marinara sauce. These crisp bites are cheesy and delicious, and they reheat well too. Imagine a bowl of these sitting on the table at a casual dinner or a kid’s party – cute right? The kids can even help out by dunking the ravioli pieces in the buttermilk, and sprinkling the cheese on top at the end. Getting them involved not only makes them feel accomplished, but they are more inclined to eat food that they’ve helped prepare (true story!).
I should probably mention that while I don’t actually have any children of my own, I do have several kids in my life including a cousin who is born on Valentine’s Day. (Happy 10th Birthday Keean!)
Ok, on the recipe! Check out my video below for step-by-step visual instructions or print the recipe lower down on the page.
- grapeseed oil, for frying
- 2 packages Olivieri® Hearts Cheese Ravioli
- 1 cup Panko (Japanese style bread crumbs)
- 1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
- 1 tsp dried Oregano
- pinch of salt
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
- Dried parsley (optional)
- Pour grapeseed oil into a large frying pan or dutch oven until you reach a depth of about 2 inches. Place the pan over medium heat, and insert a food thermometer (if you have one). The oil needs to heat up to 325 degrees F.
- In a shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Pour the buttermilk into a separate shallow bowl.
- Set a baking sheet next to your bowls.
- Working one piece at a time, dip the ravioli into the buttermilk. Once you have completely coated the ravioli, allow the excess buttermilk to drip off.
- Dredge the ravioli in the bread crumbs, making sure to get an even coating. Then place the ravioli on the baking sheet, and continue breading the remaining ravioli pieces.
- When the oil is hot, begin to fry the ravioli in batches, starting with the pieces you breaded first.
- Once you start frying, be sure to turn the pieces over occasionally to ensure even cooking. After 3-4 minutes the ravioli will turn a deep golden brown colour. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried ravioli to a plate with paper towels, and allow them to drain.
- To serve, sprinkle the hot ravioli with Parmesan cheese and dried parsley. These fried bites go really well with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.
This recipe is adapted from a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis. I actually met Giada a few days ago, and there will be more Giada content on the blog this week, so keep an eye out for that.
Where to buy the heart-shaped pasta:
I found the ravioli hearts at Metro grocery store.
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Disclosure: This post, but not the video, is sponsored by Olivieri. All opinions are my own. I am not affiliated with the Olivieri spa giveaway.