Tortellini Tapas with Spicy Ranch Dip

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Tortellini Tapas with Spicy Ranch Dip Recipe
Photo: Tina Cornett
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Makes 8 appetizer servings


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1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
1 (16-ounce) bottle Ranch-style dressing with peppercorns, divided*
2 large eggs
2 cups fine, dry breadcrumbs
3/4 cup mild chunky salsa
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups vegetable oil
Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs


Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and cool.

Whisk together 1 cup dressing and eggs in a large bowl until blended. Add tortellini, and let stand 10 minutes. Drain and dredge in breadcrumbs; place on a baking sheet. Chill at least 1 hour.

Stir together remaining dressing, salsa, and cilantro; chill.

Pour oil into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Fry tortellini, in batches, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with dip; garnish, if desired.

*1 (16-ounce) bottle Ranch-style dressing plus 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper may be substituted.

NOTE: To make ahead, fry tortellini according to directions; drain and place on a baking sheet. Keep warm in a 200º oven for 2 hours.

Created date

October 2003