Sunday, July 18, 2010

Italian Themed Dinner Night Version 2

Here's the second part of my italian themed dinner party. In the last installment, I covered our dessert and one of our drinks. You can find that entry here.

Tonight, I'll tell you about the appetizers.

Fried Ravioli and Stuffed Mushrooms

Fried Ravioli
1 pound frozen cheese ravioli, thawed
2 eggs
2 Tbsp milk
2 Cups italian bread crumbs
vegetable oil

Whisk eggs with milk. Dip raviolis in egg wash, then into bread crumbs. Heat 2 inches of oil in a dutch oven at 300 degrees. Place ravioli in oil and fry until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Serve with marinara sauce.

(Recipe adapted from Culinary cafe)

Hubby's Rating
Love it! Everyone loved these.

My Take
I made about 1/4-1/2 pound for everyone, but we could have eaten more! So if you have a large crowd, plan on at least the full recipe or double it! It took a really long time to thaw out the ravioli and I didn't plan on that. So make sure you give yourself adequate time.

Stuffed Mushrooms
4-6 strips of bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
8 ounces softened cream cheese
2 Tbsp chopped green onion
1 tsp spicy mustard
2 tsp dried oregano
15-18 large mushrooms, stems removed
and saved

Brown bacon in a skillet, drain on a paper towel. Mix all ingredients except mushrooms. Add mushroom stems to the mix if desired. Stuff mushrooms. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes.

(recipe adapted from

Hubby's Rating
Like it. He doesn't care for mushrooms, but he liked these. Everyone liked them, but not as much as the fried ravioli.

My Take
These were really easy to make. I have been looking for a stuffed mushroom recipe that did not contain shellfish for a while and this fit the bill! The original recipe called for a full POUND of bacon...I didn't feel the need to use all of that and it wasn't needed! No one missed all that bacon!


  1. I'm not a cooker I don't like the mess :) but one of my 101 things in 1001 days is to cook once a week and not just hamburgers...I think it will take me awhile to start :)

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  3. Yammy ... wish I could have your patience and talent for cooking.

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  4. April--good luck with your personal challenge! I have some good "gourmet" hamburger recipes if you're interested, wink, wink! Thanks for the comment.

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  5. Oh Lord! You had me at ravioli and fried.
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