Food Snob Chronicles – Feed the frenzy some Fried Taco Ravioli

It’s been more than 30 years since I’ve had anything more than a bettor’s interest in the NCAA Tournament  otherwise known as March Madness.  Back in 1984 I was wowed by a combination of SMU vs. Georgetown (one of the lowest scoring games in modern tournament history); and Phi Slama Jama – Akeem (later Hakeem) Olajuwon and his University of Houston Cougars.

Since then it’s been mostly about the bracket contests, of which I’ve only netted one win – against some of my co-workers in 1995 at Ocean County’s (NJ) Observer newspaper.

I have but two desires as the 2015 tournament tips off. The first is that any team whose uniform colors are blue and white will lose (I’ve bet against them); and the other is to be able to crack some windows this month for the first time in a long time. I’ve longed for spring more this year than in recent memory.

March Madness is second only to the Super Bowl when it comes to a living room feeding frenzy. Enter Fried Taco Ravioli as a new but somehow familiar way to satisfy peoples’ finger food fascination. Dip these in your favorite salsa, or blend a small avocado with a cup of sour cream, 1 TB of fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime – with salt to taste – and you’ll have a winner.

Even if you’re wearing your favorite team’s blue and white.

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Fried Taco Ravioli

Feed the frenzy - Fried Taco Ravioli

Fried Taco Ravioli – Feed the finger food frenzy

5.0 from 2 reviews
Fried Taco Ravioli
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: About 36
Ingredients
  • 1 lb – Lean ground beef
  • 2 cups – Beef broth
  • 1 pkg – Taco seasoning -OR-
  • 1 TB – Chile powder (preferably Ancho)
  • 2 tsp – Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp – Onion powder
  • 1 tsp – Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp – Dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • 1 tsp – Dried thyme
  • ½ tsp – Freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt, to taste*
  • 1 pkg (1 lb) – Egg roll wrappers
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 1 egg beaten w/ 1 TB cold water
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, combine ground beef, broth and seasonings and heat to medium-high, crumbling the meat as the mixture heats to a light boil. Reduce heat to a medium simmer, stirring occasionally (and continuing to crumble into a fine consistency) until most of the liquid is evaporated — about 12-15 minutes**. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Place an egg roll wrapper on a floured surface or on a sheet of parchment; brush lightly with egg bath. Place rounded teaspoonfuls of the cooled meat filling about 1 inch apart (and away from the edges) over entire egg roll wrapper. Place another egg roll wrapper directly atop of the meat-dotted wrapper and press down gently to seal around all of the edges. Using a pastry cutter, ravioli stamp or sharp knife, cut into squares (or circles with a stamp). Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.
  3. Divide pasta dough into fourths; roll one portion to 1/16-in. thickness. (Keep pasta covered until ready to use.) Working quickly, place rounded teaspoonfuls of filling 1 in. apart over half of pasta sheet. Brush around filling with water to moisten. Fold sheet over; press down to seal. Cut into squares with a pastry wheel. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  4. Preheat oil to 325F in a large frying pan. Fry ravioli, turning occasionally, until golden brown — about 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining ravioli.
Notes
*Salt the taco meat mixture after all water has evaporated.
**If liquid evaporates too quickly and meat is not super tender, add water (a cup at a time) and continue cooking until it is evaporated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Holy Cow! I (and my alter ego Kelli) have all these ingredients and with company coming this weekend I think this will be perfect! Interestingly I believe today is National Ravioli Day – so share share and share!!

  2. I don’t get into college basketball at all (mainly b/c I am so ODed on HS ball by this point). :( . But, I would love an excuse to make (and eat) these fried beauties!

  3. I might not watch basketball but I’d be happy to cheer on these tasty little tidbits. My goodness, how did you ever come upon this idea – it’s fantastic!
    I know my husband’s got this bracket thing but I’ll have to ask him about team colors.

  4. Thank goodness for egg roll wrappers. I tried making ravioli once …………..

  5. These look a whole lot better that those pizza rolls my mother used to buy us! Who would care about brackets with these around?

    • adamjholland says:

      Our youngest is addicted to those pizza rolls that you mention. Have you ever noticed that they smell like heartburn?

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