Saturday, September 10, 2011

Debo's Fried Three Cheese Tortellini

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The origin of tortellini is surrounded by several legends. One says that this dish was born in Castelfranco Emilia (province of Modena). One night during a trip, Lucrezia Borgia checked into an inn in the small town. Over the course of the night the host became so captivated by Lucrezia's beauty that he could not resist the urge to peek into her room through the keyhole. The bedroom was only lit by a few candles, and so he could merely see her navel. This pure and innocent vision was enough to send him into an ecstasy that inspired him to create the tortellini that night.

Another separate but similar legend, originating in medieval Italy, tells how Venus and Jupiter arrived at a tavern on the outskirts of Bologna one night, weary from their involvement in a battle between Modena and Bologna After much food and drink, they shared a room. The innkeeper, captivated by the two, followed them and peeked through the keyhole. All he could see was Venus's navel. Spellbound, he rushed to the kitchen and created tortellini in its image.

Finally the third and most widely believed explanation is that they are based on the shape of a turtle in an effort to replicate the famous architectural features of Modena, where many 17th-century buildings bear the turtle motif.
By http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortellini


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Debo's Fried Three Cheese Tortellini
Copyright 2011 Christine's Pantry. All rights reserved.

Ingredients:
1 (9 oz) package tortellini
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
vegetable oil, for frying
2 eggs, beaten
pinch salt
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:
Boil tortellini for 3 minutes. Drain well. Slightly cool. Heat oil to 350 degrees. In a bowl, add eggs, In a separate bowl, add panko bread crumbs, Italian bread crumbs, pinch salt and Parmesan cheese, mix together. Dip tortellini in egg, then dip in flour mixture, making sure to coat well. Add tortellini to oil, cook until brown, about 3 minutes. Remove tortellini from oil and drain on paper towels. Enjoy!





26 comments:

  1. Everything you make always looks so good! Can I invite myself to dinner? :)

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  2. Hi Paper Plates,

    Sure, I would love to cook dinner for you. Thanks.

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  3. Looks really good Christine. Love the filling, Sounds divine.

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  4. Yum, the fried tortellini sound so tasty! My daughter would love these as well as the stories of tortellini's origins.

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  5. Yum! I have had something similar with ravioli, but like tortellini better anyways :)

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  6. I think I prefer the first version myself. And frying makes everything taste better.

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  7. I like the idea of Venus's bellybutton as the inspiration for tortellini!

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  8. Hi Christine,

    Another great post! Congrats on your award.

    Cheers

    Alaiyo
    Pescetarian Journal

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  9. I never would have thought to fry tortellini! This looks fabulous, Christine!

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  10. These look soo good! This sounds like a wonderful tortellini recipe. Thanks so much for sharing, yum! =]

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  11. This is a GENUIS food! I've heard of fried ravioli before (which i LOVE), but never fried tortellini. That sounds even better. Mmm I want some!

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  12. These sound really good! Nothing like fried tortellini =)

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  13. Hey everyone,

    Thanks so much for all the kind comments. Love you all.

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  14. Fried ravioli's why not fried Tortellini. I'm really hungry right now so that sounds so delicious.

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  15. Christine,
    Thanks for following me @ offthemenunow.blogspotcom
    I'm now following your delicious looking blog.
    You can bet I'll be stopping by again soon.
    Cheers,
    Matt

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  16. Seeing the title of this post was a head-smacking "why didn't I think of that" moment! I sometimes fry ravioli, or even farfalle to scoop up some spinach/artichoke dip or maranara, but it has never occurred to me to try tortellini! They must have a nice chew to them. Can't wait to try these. Thanks - for the idea and for the chuckles over the possible origins of tortellini. :)

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  17. Such a fun idea! Why have fried ravioli, if you can have fried tortellini!!?!? :D

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  18. I've had fried ravioli before but never thought of frying tortellini. Great idea and they look delicious!

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  19. The legends are so funny... how would you only see someone's navel over let's say a face if they were sleeping?

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  20. Okay I'm sold. I love tortellini but frying it up into thsi little delicious balls of magnificence? Genius! thanks for stopping by my blog, The Sweet Life, yesterday. Looking forward to checking ou more of yours!

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  21. I love tortellini but never thought of frying them. What a delicious idea!

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  22. Enjoyed the different, but similar, versions of the origin of the tortellini. How interesting! :)

    This would be a great appetizer and/or party food on a platter and what a beautiful presentation it would be. Love it...fried tortellini - I'm going to try it!

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  23. This is a great appetizer and there is such a variety of tortellini out there! Thanks for posting.

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