November 12, 2008

Fried Ravioli in St. Louis!

Today I find myself in St. Louis, the gateway to the west, and with a little extra time in my schedule I decided to be a tourist. My hotel was right at the foot of the Gateway Arch and I just had to go to the top! The views were spectacular and it was fun to ride in the impossibly tiny, space age like elevator pods that navigate the curves all the way up.

One of the sponsors for this media tour is Buitoni fresh pasta and for my segment I prepare some of their delicious four cheese ravioli. This dish is particularly relevant here in St. Louis as they are known for their Fried Ravioli! I had to taste it for myself so I ordered it on the hotel’s restaurant. Now, can you really go wrong here? Ravioli is good, fried things are awesome, dipping into marinara sauce is delicious. All that and dining with a view of the arch! Here is a recipe if you want to try it at home:

St. Louis Fried Ravioli

2 tablespoons whole milk
1 egg
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 (25 ounce) package frozen cheese ravioli, thawed
3 cups vegetable oil for frying
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

1) Combine milk and egg in a small bowl. Place breadcrumbs and if desired, salt in a shallow bowl. Dip ravioli in milk mixture, and coat with breadcrumbs.
2) In a large saucepan, heat marinara sauce over medium heat until bubbling. Reduce the heat to simmer.
3) In a large heavy pan, pour oil to depth of 2 inches. Heat oil over medium heat until a small amount of breading sizzles and turns brown. Fry ravioli, a few at a time, 1 minute on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately with hot marinara sauce.

The segment for “Great Day St. Louis” was awesome and the anchor was so wonderful.

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