Toasted ravioli is nothing short of a culinary masterpiece. The genius lies in its perfect balance – the soft, savory filling contrasts brilliantly with the crunchy breadcrumb exterior. It’s a handheld delight that marries the comfort of traditional Italian-American fare with the thrill of a satisfying crunch. Let’s make some toasted ravioli!
What is toasted ravioli?
Toasted ravioli is a mouthwatering Italian-American appetizer that’s popular in the Midwest. It’s made by taking traditional cheese or meat-filled ravioli, coating them with breadcrumbs, and cooking them until golden brown and crispy. These crispy bites are often served with marinara sauce for dipping, making them an irresistible treat that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family.
Toasted ravioli originated in St. Louis, Missouri, where they are sometimes called “T-ravs.” Though they are typically fried, we made our recipe more home kitchen-friendly and developed a baked version.
What ingredients do I need to make toasted ravioli?
To make this delicious party appetizer, you’ll need:
- Frozen ravioli
- All-purpose flour
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Spices: garlic powder, onion powder, and salt
- Marinara sauce for serving
Protip: Use your favorite ravs!
We used cheese ravioli, but feel free to use your favorite!
Can you bake toasted ravioli?
Sure can! In fact, we found that baking is the best way to make toasted ravioli for a crowd (unless you’re in a commercial restaurant kitchen!). To bake toasted ravioli, you will:
- Set out three shallow bowls: one with flour, one with a beaten egg and milk mixture, and one with seasoned toasted breadcrumbs.
- Toss the frozen ravioli in the flour, then dredge through the egg.
- Next, toss each ravioli in the seasoned breadcrumbs.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes. Switch to the broil setting for the last few minutes to brown the tops of the ravioli.
How do I fry toasted ravioli?
Most of us don’t have a deep fryer at home, but you can still fry ravioli in a deep pot with some oil! Bread the ravioli the same way you would for baking, and then pop them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Fry in 360°F oil for 2-3 minutes, and transfer the toasted ravioli to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil before serving.
The downside of frying your new favorite appetizers? It is time-consuming! You don’t want to overcrowd the frying oil, so you’ll need to work in batches. If you just want to cook everything at once, baking is the way to go.
Protip: Use the right oil!
For safe frying, you’ll want a neutral-flavor oil with a high smoke point. Consider corn oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, or safflower oil for making fried toasted ravioli.
Can I make this recipe in advance?
You can prep the ravioli for toasting in advance, but we recommend waiting to cook them through until it is party time. Once you’ve breaded the ravioli, arrange them on a baking sheet and freeze them for a few hours. Once they’re frozen, you can transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to a month. When you’re ready to enjoy, fry or bake them straight from the freezer, adding a minute or two to the cooking time.
How do I reheat toasted ravioli in the oven?
If you have leftovers or want to reheat them for another day, the oven is your best bet. Bake the ravioli at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes, or until they’re hot and crispy. They may not have quite as much crunch as they did when fresh, but they will still be delicious!
Protip: Skip the microwave!
Skip the microwave for reheating toasted ravioli. It will leave you with soggy breaded ravioli instead of crisp.
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