Monday, October 17, 2011

Fried Ravioli, a Great Make-Ahead Appetizer

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      As you may have figured out by now, I love things that can be made ahead.  It just makes life so much easier.  I especially love make-ahead dishes when I'm entertaining.  That way I can actually enjoy the party myself and I don't get stressed out.

     This fried ravioli is a great make-ahead recipe.  It freezes beautifully and when you want to serve it, you just take it straight from the freezer and reheat it on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.  With the holidays coming up before we know it, I like to have a bunch of these in my freezer, so then anytime I need an appetizer, I've got something on hand.

     If you want to make this recipe ahead, the best way to freeze the ravioli is to lay it all out on a cookie sheet and put it in the freezer.  Once it's frozen, transfer the ravioli to a zip-loc bag and put back in the freezer.  By doing it this way, they don't stick together.

Fried Ravioli

  • 1 package refrigerated ravioli (I like to use cheese, but you could use any variety you like)
  • 2 eggs
  • a splash of water
  • about 1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • olive oil

Lightly beat the eggs with a little splash of water in a shallow dish.  Add about a cup of bread crumbs to another shallow dish.  Then set up a little assembly line with the ravioli, eggs, breadcrumbs and a plate.

Dip the ravioli in the eggs and then coat with the breadcrumbs.  Set aside on the plate.

Heat about 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet.  Once the oil is hot, start cooking the ravioli in batches (you don't want to crowd the pan).  Cook for about 2 minutes per side or until browned.  Add more oil to the pan between batches as needed.

If making for later, place cooked ravioli in a single layer on a cookie sheet.

Eat immediately, or freeze on cookie sheet and then transfer to a zip-loc bag.  Reheat in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, until hot. 
Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.


Shared at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms on 10/24/11
Shared at Everyday Mom's Meals on 11/27/11
Shared at Gooseberry Patch Blog on 11/30/11
Shared at Family Fresh Meals on 12/18/11.


  1. I love these. One of my favorite apps. I have something special for you:

  2. I love fried ravioli! these look amazing!

  3. I love fried ravioli! I just take the still frozen raviolis and deep fry them in coconut oil. DS won't eat them any other way.

  4. Great idea! I am going to have to try this. Looks easy and delicious!

  5. YUM! I found this recipe from the link up at Family Fresh Meals and I'm pinning it for future use!

  6. I have only seen these using a deep fryer. I am so excited to finally try these out, seeing as we DO NOT own a deep fryer. I love all the step-by-step pictures too. Perfect. I will be making these very soon for my family. Thanks Lisa!

  7. OH and I forgot to mention how much I love the fact that you can freeze them and use later. AWESOME!