Technically, in this case, it wasn't my original idea. I have only ever had these off a "starter" menu, or on party tables. But our favorite Italian restaurant here in Fort Wayne includes them as a meal on their kids' menu, which I know because while Alex loves pretty much everything on their menu, these are one of his favorites. And I have to admit, it's pretty genius of them. See, they've figured out if you take something and bread it, looking like a "nugget" of some sort, and then give kids the sauce on the side, so they can dip, and essentially play with their food, they are going to eat and more than likely clean their plates. Let's face it, restaurants have to get tired of seeing little ones waste so much food as are probably always on the look out for ways to decrease the amount left on the plate! And that's not to say a child wouldn't go in there and eat spaghetti, or lasagna, or even traditional ravioli, but making it more fun only increases the odds.
So when I was at the grocery store and they had frozen ravioli on sale, I decided to have a little fun with it. Now, if I were doing these for a party, I would definitely buy two bags, but knowing I could add other things to the meal, I knew I could stretch one, making it even more economical. I served them with a nice Caesar salad and bread sticks, making a great meal for the three of us.
However, or whenever you decide to make these, I guarantee they will be a huge hit. Kind of a "can't eat just one" type of thing. Appetizers as meals. Heck, if we can do that, why not Dessert as meals? Mmm....I think I'm on to something! Tomorrow night's meal will be brownies with a side of pie!
1 (25 oz.) bag frozen beef ravioli, thawed
4 TBS milk
2 c. Italian breadcrumbs
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a medium bowl beat eggs and milk together. Add salt and pepper. Add breadcrumbs to a second dish. Dip each piece of ravioli into egg mixture and then dredge in breadcrumbs. In a large skillet heat 2 inches of oil to medium. Fry the ravioli in batches, for about 2 minutes per side. (Be careful, once they start to brown, they will cook fast!) Remove and drain on paper towels. Serve with marinara sauce on the side.