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tortellini [tawr-tl-ee-nee; Italian tawr-tel-lee-nee]
noun
1. small rounds of pasta, filled, as with a meat or cheese stuffing, and then shaped into rings and boiled: often served in broth or with a sauce.

by Susan Andrews

(Originally at Damn Delicious)

Ingredients

     9 oz package of refrigerated tortellini cooked per package instructions
     1/2 cup oil for frying
     1 cup Panko bread crumbs
     1/4 cup grated parmesan or parmesan blend
     1/2 cup all purpose flour
     1/2 tsp salt
     2 large eggs, beaten
     salt and flavored parmesan sprinkles to taste
     marinara sauce for dipping

Cook your pasta according to package directions. Be careful not to overcook. Drain pasta.

Heat oil in a large skillet over med high heat. You may need to add a little more oil depending on the skillet size. Just enough to cover the bottom.

In one bowl combine flour and salt. In another bowl combine panko and parmesan. Beat your eggs and add to a third bowl.

Dredge the tortellini in the flour, then egg, lastly panko.

Set on a plate, mat or baking sheet. Repeat until tortellini is gone or all the ingredients are gone. I had tortellini left over so I just set it aside to use in a pasta dish.

Heat oil in skillet or fryer.

Add one tortellini to the oil to see if itís the right temperature. If it browns too fast you will need to turn the oil down. It took me a few tries to get the oil right.

Cook a few at a time until golden brown on both sides.

This does not take long. Transfer to baking sheet lined with a paper towel.

Sprinkle with salt and seasoned parmesan. Repeat with the remaining tortellini.

Serve with warm marinara sauce! Yum!

Crispy goodness!

If you have leftovers heat in microwave for 30 seconds then transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 5-10 minutes, until crispy.

I made a salad and added them to salad. I love putting hot things in my cold salad. I also sauteed some mushrooms to go in it. I used caesar dressing. It was delicious. Just an option if you have leftovers like I did.