Toasted Ravioli with Pesto Cream Dipping Sauce
Makes about 40 pieces
1-pound bag small cheese ravioli
1 tablespoon salt plus ½ teaspoon
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon beaten egg
¾ cup dry plain bread crumbs
1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped parsley
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Vegetable oil for frying
5 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pesto Cream Sauce
¼ cup Genovese basic pesto (see Chapter 4)
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
In a large pot, bring at least 4 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add the tablespoon salt. Add the ravioli and stir to prevent sticking. Cook until al dente. Drain, pat dry, and let cool.
In a shallow bowl, mix together cream and beaten egg.
In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, parsley, the ½ teaspoon salt, and garlic powder.
Dip each ravioli in the cream and egg mixture, then coat well with the bread crumb mixture. Set on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
In a large, heavy skillet, heat about ½ inch of oil until hot, about 375°. In small batches, fry the ravioli until golden, about 30 seconds. Place on paper towels to drain.
Before serving, arrange the ravioli in a baking dish. Drizzle with the melted butter and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until hot and puffy, about 10 minutes.
Make the sauce: Combine the pesto, cream, and butter in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Let simmer slowly for about 5 minutes. Before serving, slowly stir in the grated Parmesan. Place sauce in small attractive serving bowl.
To serve, place bowl of sauce in center of serving tray and surround with the toasted ravioli.
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