At the very tip top of my food blogger inspirations list is a man whose blog I have admired since the first time I ever hit “publish” on Just a Taste. And that’s why the second his cookbook hit stores, I sprinted to my nearest Barnes & Noble and picked up a copy.
Matt Armendariz, you are one talented dude.
Matt’s book, On a Stick!, is one of the most beautiful and thoughtfully laid out books I’ve ever read. Page after page is filled with vibrant and flawless-looking food styled by his crazy skilled partner Adam Pearson. The recipes are simple but inspiring, creative but approachable. I knew I had to share one of my favorites, and so I fried up a batch of his skewered ravioli. And just for fun, I threw in a batch of tortellini, too. Party-perfect indeed.
Deep-Fried Ravioli On a Stick
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
1 quart vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup plain bread crumbs
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 Tablespoons dried oregano
2 Tablespoons dried basil
1 Tablespoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
12 store-bought ravioli (or 20 tortellini)
Preheat vegetable oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat.
Place flour in one shallow dish and eggs in another. In a third, mix bread crumbs, ¼ cup Parmesan, oregano, basil, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
In two batches, toss ravioli (or tortellini) in flour, gently shaking off excess. Dip in egg and then in bread crumb mixture. Thread 3 breaded ravioli (or 5 tortellini) onto each skewer.
Once oil reaches 350ºF, carefully place skewers in pot, two at a time, and fry about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup Parmesan. Serve warm, with marinara sauce or basil pesto on the side.