Ciao! My name is Yolanda and I'd like to welcome you to my Blog! I have always had a love for cooking, baking and eating. This blog is mainly a place for me to record and share precious family recipes from those living and deceased as well as delicious recipes that my friends have given me throughout the years.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fried Ravioli

Seeing as though the super bowl is approaching in a few weeks, I thought it would be a perfect time to share my fried ravioli recipe.  This is the perfect appetizer treat and is simple and quick! I make my fried ravioli just like I make my cutlets and then pop open a jar of marinara for dipping. 
~*~I made half of the bag of frozen ravioli.  If you want to make the whole bag, which usually includes about 45 ravioli them double my recipe~*~
* 20 Frozen Cheese Ravioli
* 1 cup of Flour
* 3 eggs
* 2 Cups of Unseasoned Bread Crumbs
* 2 TBSP of chopped fresh parsley
* Salt and Pepper for Seasoning
* Olive Oil for Frying (I use pure olive oil, not extra virgin for frying)
* Marinara Sauce for dipping
~*~Optional~*~ Top Ravioli with shredded Parmesan Cheese
* Lay wax paper on top of a cookie sheet
* Spread out the frozen ravioli on the cookie sheet and let thaw for about 30-40 minutes.
* While the ravioli are thawing out, get your breading station ready
* Get three trays or plates, and put the flour in one (Season with salt and pepper)
* Crack and whisk the eggs in the second one (Season with salt and pepper)
* Pour the bread crumbs in the third tray/plate, along with parsley, salt and pepper and stir together.
* Dip the ravioli in the flour, then coat in the egg mixture and finally cover in the bread crumbs and put on a plate until they are all done. 
* Next, get your frying station ready by layering paper towel onto a cookie sheet and then fill a frying pan about 3/4-1 inch deep with olive oil and heat on medium/medium high heat.
* Once the oil is hot, start frying the ravioli. Once the ravioli is lightly golden brown on one side, flip over and let cook on the other side (about 4-5  minutes on each side)
* Once fried, place on the paper towel to let the oil drain.
* Once the ravioli are done, heat up your marinara sauce.
* Pour sauce into a small bowl and place ravioli around it on a dish.
* Sprinkle shredded Parmesan Cheese on top if you wish.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ham/Turkey, Apple and Gouda Quesadilla’s

For Christmas, my husband's boss gave everyone a wonderful gift basket.  It was filled with 2 bottles of wine, chocolates, crackers, Yancey's Fancy brand Gouda cheese and a cheese knife.  We used everything in the basket over the holidays, except the Yancey's Fancy Gouda cheese.  If any of you have every tried any of Yancey's Fancy NY cheese products then you know that they are all delicious! I wasn't sure what to make with the Gouda, until I remembered this amazing panini I had at a cafe in Columbus Square in NYC a few year ago that had turkey, and melted Gouda in it and I remember really enjoying it!  I decided to make my own version and added apple slices and soft tortilla shells instead of bread.
* 2  Large Tortilla Shells
* 3 slices of Honey Turkey
* 3 slices of Brown Sugar Ham
~*~ I made on with Turkey and One with Ham, but feel free to just do one or the other.  I couldn't decide, so I did one of each! :)
* 10 thin slices of a Golden Delicious Apple, skin on
* About 1-2 cups of shredded Gouda (add more or less depending on how much cheese you like)
* Butter, to grease the pan and add golden crisp look
* Shred the Gouda
* Slice the Apples
* Lay a Tortilla flat and sprinkle Gouda all over half of the Tortilla
* Add three slices of Ham or Turkey
* Spread 5 Apple slices across
* Sprinkle more cheese all over the top 
* Close the Quesadilla up.
* Heat a large skillet on Medium heat (I was using my fancy skillet, which I love!) and lightly  grease the bottom of your pan with butter.
* Once your frying pan is hot, place your quesadilla's in the pan. 
* Cook until lightly golden on the bottom and then flip over to the other side to cook.
* Take out of pan with a spatula (I have fancy spatula Tongs) and cut into wedges with a pizza cutter or knife.
* Eat with chips, veggies or fries like I did!