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SSB - Week 1 - Shrimp

SlowTravel friends were here last week for the St. Louis GTG. Friday evening we went to a local Italian restaurant. Of course, I insisted that those who had never tasted them had to try the St. Louis tradition -- “Toasted Ravioli”. Served as an appetizer, it's a meat stuffed ravioli, dipped in egg, then in Italian breadcrumbs, and deep fried. This gave me a crazy idea for my first appetizer of the new Small Bites challenge.

This new challenge is different. Instead of each of us preparing the same recipe each week, we are preparing our own appetizer - or Small Bite - take on a single main ingredient. Cindy drew week one to pick the ingredient and selected shrimp. So here is my recipe.

Shrimp Stuffed, Deep Fried Pasta Shells


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Fortunately, I had a kitchen full of the most wonderful people, telling me the idea wasn't so crazy. They taste tested and suggesting additions to the filling spices. (more cayenne, more cayenne, more cayenne).

They pitched in and peeled shrimp. They wrapped prociutto. They dipped & breaded. And when all was said and done, they graciously ate the results. A cook can't ask for more!

Ingredients:
3 dozen — jumbo pasta shells cooked al dente, rinsed in cold water and patted dry
3 dozen — medium raw shrimp, shelled & cleaned and patted dry
Prosciutto—thinly sliced, enough to wrap a small piece around each shrimp

For Filling: (whip together with fork)
1 - egg beaten
1—12 oz carton whole milk ricotta
1/2 c—grated parmigiano
2 T—Penzey’s Fox Point seasoning
2 T—Italian herb mix
1 t — cayenne pepper powder
Pepper & salt to taste

For Coating:
2-3 — eggs, beaten
2 C — Italian bread crumbs

To Assemble:

Wrap each shrimp in a small piece of prosciutto

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Holding a shell in one hand, place a scant teaspoon of filling in center.
Top the filling with the wrapped shrimp.
Add another scant teaspoon of filling to top shrimp.

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Dip finger in beaten egg and wipe on edges of shell.
Fold edges around shrimp filling and seal.

To Cook:

Dip in beaten egg abd roll in Italian bread crumbs

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Deep fry in hot canola oil until shells float and turn golden brown. (do not crowd in oil)

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Remove and let rest on parchment lined tray for at least five minutes before serving.

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Serve with a sprinkle of parmigiano and marinara sauce for dipping.

Comments (7)

Kim:

Yeah, it was a real hardship taste-testing and then eating the final product ... NOT! It's too bad you won't make them again b/c they were good.

Deborah responds: But, Kim, isn't that the whole idea of posting the recipe? So, YOU could make them?

It was fun to work together to make these. The recipe is a little "fiddly" but not too bad. ;) Great photo essay of the process!

Jen:

Deborah-These were wonderful little treats! Thanks for posting the receip, Chris is asking for them.

Looks delicious - and to think it was only Buffalo where everything was fried! LOL

I've never had fried ravioli or any kind of fried pasta and now I really want to! Sounds like it was a lot of fun making these.


Deborah responds: Annie, LOT of fun because of the company in the kitchen, but even more work. I swore off ever making these again. If you don't believe me, ask Kim, Colleen, Marsha, or Jen.

Great recipe! It's been a long time since I had fried ravioli. Hope you all had fun together in St. Louis!

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