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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Foodie Friday Appetizer- Fried Seafood Ravioli

Buon Giorno Everyone!

It's been a busy week here at Casa Bramasole, but Foodie Friday at Gollum's is our FAVORITE party, so here we are. Come join the party!

I had a tasting for a prospective client this week. She wants to do a cocktail/ appetizer type party for some new interns in her husband's department. These ravioli were a request of the client's husband so, of course, they were on the tasting table.  I actually love these simmered in boiling water rather than fried and served with a very light mascarpone cream sauce as a "Primo Piatto". The dough for the pasta is one I also use to make fried pumpkin ravioli- I switch out Amaretto or Sambuca for the white wine. Enjoy!

Fried Seafood Ravioli

Pasta Dough:
2 cups flour
4 egg yolks
1/2 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
2 tblsp. sugar
1 tblsp white wine
zest of 1 lemon

Mix all ingredients together in bowl of food processor and pulse till it forms a soft dough. Scrape onto a piece of plastic wrap, wrap it up and allow to rest on the counter while you prepare the filling.

1 tblsp white wine vinegar
1 small-medium onion, quartered
1/3 bunch of parsley
1 carrot, scraped and quartered
about 1/2 pound of fish fillet ( a white flesh fish- cod, sole, haddock, etc)
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 stick butter, softened
bunch of scallions, sliced
2-3 ounces mascarpone
about 3-4 tblsp fresh tarragon leaves
good pinch of cayenne
2 egg yolks

Put all in a large skillet and bring to a low boil. Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Slide in fish fillet.  Simmer for just a couple of minutes. Using a large straining spoon, remove fish to a bowl and allow to cool a few minutes. Meanwhile, add potatoes to the simmering fish broth. Return to a low boil and cook for about 20 minutes till potatoes are tender. At the same time, melt butter in a small pan and saute scallions till soft and JUST starting to color. Remove from heat. When potatoes are cooked, drain them well and using a ricer, press them into the bowl of a food processor. Add fish, scallions, mascarpone, salt, pepper, cayenne, tarragon, and egg yolks. Pulse a few times to a thick paste- a few small chunks is fine. Refrigerate filling till needed
Divide dough into 4 pieces, dust with flour,  and put each piece through pasta rollers on thickest setting. Fold in half and put it through again. Continue rolling out dough till quite thin- #5 on my manual machine
Lay out the 4 long thin pieces. Drop small balls of filling over 2 of the pieces about 1 1/2 inches apart. Cover with the other 2 pieces. Cut out individual ravioli with a scalloped pizza wheel or a ravioli press. Press around all edges to seal. Refrigerate till ready to fry
In a deep pan or skillet, heat about 3 inches of canola or peanut oil till hot. Carefully slide in ravioli and fry on both sides till lightly golden. Drain on a rack or paper towels and serve hot with a tarragon aioli.


Yesterday morning I had made these orange scones that disappeared in less than an hour, so I thought you might like to see those too. That recipe is tonight's bonus recipe on Bramasole's Facebook Fan Page, so come on over- these were BUONISSIMO!!

Cheer practice has started for Allie's Varsity team, so it seems we're always driving or sitting in a parking lot. Time to make some snacks to bring along!  :)

As Always,

Buon Cibo, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. What a lucky client to have you on board for her event. Those scones look delish, I will have to visit you on facebook to see the recipe. I have an orange/almond recipe that I use to make, I forgot all about those, they were really YUM! Oh yes practice and more practice. I use to call our car Meals on wheels, I was always feeding one kid to drop off to some practice while the other one was changing into a uniform of some kind. Oh my how the heck did I do it all. Much younger then but maybe that is why I am so tired now,hehe..Have fun,Kathysue

  2. Your Seafood Ravioli sound wonderful.....I am really wanting an orange scone. They look fabulous:)

  3. I know I would LOVE your fried ravioli with that wonderful seafood filling. Fried is always the keyword for me, a crunchy crust with a creamy, flavorful center. You've got my mouth watering for this one, Pattie.

  4. Pattie, You are doing all of this and you are under the weather? Bless your heart!!
    Love both of the recipies!
    I'm picking up the orange scone recipe. Scones=love!
    Feel better.
    Hugs to Allie!

  5. Some awesome recipes here...and you've been having a down day and still do this? Amazing! ;D

  6. Hi, All the lives you touch daily are so blessed...I know all your blog friends and I would love to be in your neighborhood.Much blessings to Allie for upcoming cheering. The linen cloth is so elegant...the scones look delicious. I know one day we will see Allie and you do an entertaining and gourmet cookbook. take care~Emelia~

  7. I've been scrolling up and down on these fabulous food offerings. Had to make a trip downstairs to the kitchen for a snack of my own. Sadly it wasn't anything as tasty as those scones look. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of your talents in the kitchen! ~ Sarah

  8. I think I would love these just simmered as you mentioned. You always come up with such deliciously wonderful recipes.

    Go, Allie, Go! My little cheer for her :)

  9. An incredibly delicious post, Pattie! I had to go back for a second and third look!

  10. They both look excellent! I did catering as a second job after my dh got sick, very hard work! You earn every penny!
    Hope all is well there, Pattie!

  11. The ravioli looks awesome, and so do your scones. Wow! You are the best-est cook, Pattie! Good luck with cheerleading, Allie!
    Hugs, Beth

  12. I think I'd agree with you, that the ravioli would be better boiled, but they look so good fried. We had fried risotto balls tonight and I thought of you. Your blog has become synonymous with good Italian food in my brain.

  13. Woah girls, I'm comin' to your house for dinner. I love homemade ravioli. Tried it once but oh so much work.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  14. Hi Pattie - One day I'm going to show up on your doorstep and expect to be fed.


  15. Oh to be a taste tester at the Bramasole household:D

  16. One of these days you are going to open the door, and 837 blogger ladies will be standing on your front steps, forks at the ready.

    I will have driven the bus that brought them all, and have the biggest fork.

    pattie -- I am amazed at all you do! Tell Allie good luck with the new season of cheering - such hard work!

    And I'm sorry it was a not-good-day for you. Glad we could provide a giggle.
    Love, Cass

  17. Those look quite, quite delicious! Both Todd and I are allergic to seafood, so we will have to pass on them . . . but those scones are a different kettle of fish! I could happily snuffle up several of them! xxoo

  18. Oh, my. I can never resist some good fried ravioli. I don't think I've ever had it with seafood, though. YUM. Those orange scones look delicious, too!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

  19. you had me with the seafood ravioli, frying them was definitely the way to go!! then you through in those scones!! I have never made scones, but it is something I am going to have to make, yours looked incredibly delicious!
    Hope you have a nice weekend planned!

  20. First visit to your blog...I love the header :) The ravioli look great, but I'm really drooling over those scones :)

  21. I should not be looking at your recipes when I've not eaten! ;-) I love the sound of fried appetizers and the mix of ingredients has my mouth watering! Yum!!!

  22. I wish I lived next door! Yum! Thanks so much for the rice ball recipe. I've sent it to my sister too! We are excited to give those a try.

  23. What a lucky client. I would love to come and do a tasting at your table. These ravioli look scrumptious! The list of ingredients sounds soooo good. The orange scones look fantastic too. I love scones. Yours look straight from a magazine. Yum yum!

  24. You are such an amazing chef.. That food is beautiful in every way..


  25. Both recipes sound incredibly good. You must exercise like crazy or have amazing willpower with all of the good things that you cook around to tempt you!

  26. Pattie,
    This sounds so good! I wrote down your ravioli recipe, love that it has white wine in it! Can't wait to try :)

  27. Both recipes sound incredibly good. You must exercise like crazy or have amazing willpower with all of the good things that you cook around to tempt you!
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