Tortellini Tapas with Spicy Ranch Dip
Photo: Tina Cornett
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Yield: Makes 8 appetizer servings
- 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.
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