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Cheesy fried tortellini

Cheesy fried tortellini - an unbelievably tasty appetiser for a special occasion!

It’s already been an entire week since my supper club in London! I know a few of you were interested in seeing some pictures, so I thought I’d share a few here – along with the recipes from the night, of course. I’ll share them one at a time over the next few weeks, starting with potentially my favourite dish from the whole night – cheesy fried tortellini! It’s cheese and pasta; it was always going to be my favourite.

Cheesy fried tortellini - an unbelievably tasty appetiser for a special occasion!

Before I move on to the recipe, I kind of want to tell you about the ridiculous day I had leading up to the supper club itself. I won’t go into too much detail since this blog isn’t meant to be my memoir (not least because my life is nowhere near interesting enough for a memoir), but some of the high(low?)lights include:

– waiting in all day for a parcel that never arrived
– calling up at about 4:30pm and being told that the delivery driver left my parcel at the depot that morning, and that it wouldn’t be coming (uhhh, would have been nice if you’d let me know, UPS, not that I’m bitter or anything)
– screaming down the motorway to collect the parcel from the depot right when I needed to leave to head into London, making me about half an hour late leaving
– packing up goodie bags on my hands and knees in the back of my husband’s van on the way to the venue (please don’t call the police on me)
– also getting dressed and doing my make up loose in the back of the van, bracing for every corner and pausing mascara application for every speed bump
– driving down the road with the most speed bumps in the entire world

Anyway, we got to the venue eventually, only slightly flustered and with only seven mascara smears on my forehead (success!).

Amuse Your Bouche supper club

I had a lovely evening meeting some lovely blog readers and some lovely people who had never even read my blog before (I hope you’re here now, hello!), and eating some lovely food, which the lovely chef and lovely kitchen team had prepared just lovely-ly.

The menu consisted of:

Amuse Your Bouche supper club menu

Starters: cheesy fried tortellini; roasted cauliflower soup with crispy leeks

Main courses: beluga lentils with herb crusted aubergine; garlic mushroom burritos with sweet potato fries

Desserts: salted chocolate pots with caramel sauce; balsamic roasted strawberries with coconut cream

After stuffing ourselves silly, the night ended with some awesome goodie bags (which were totally worth scrabbling around in the back of a van for). Thanks to the amazing companies who generously donated items:

Amuse Your Bouche supper club goodie bags

(left to right)
– Cranks, who donated some Whole Lotta Loaf wholemeal loaves
Your Tea, who donated a selection of lovely tea bags
Just Ingredients, who donated some cute little packs containing basil salt, mixed peppercorns, and smoked paprika
Pressels, who donated big bags of their crispy pretzel snacks
Lindeman’s, who donated bottles of their Bin 65 wines

I’m sure everyone went home very happy with full stomachs! Thanks to everyone who came, I had a really really great evening.

Now, onto that cheesy fried tortellini…

Cheesy fried tortellini - an unbelievably tasty appetiser for a special occasion!

It pretty much does what it says on the tin – it’s tortellini that’s been breaded and fried, then tossed in a bit of finely grated parmesan (well, a veggie alternative anyway). If you’re quick enough, the cheese is melted a touch by the hot breadcrumbs – and even if you’re not quick enough, you still end up with an incredible  crispy, cheesy snack. As far as I could tell, this was a big hit with everyone who chose it at the supper club.

Cheesy fried tortellini - an unbelievably tasty appetiser for a special occasion!

You can use any type of tortellini you like. No, I don’t make my own tortellini (do you know me at all?), but I did make sure I got the good stuff for a really top notch appetiser.

I used a spinach and ricotta tortellini, but mushroom tortellini, sun-dried tomato tortellini, or pretty much any other kind of tortellini would be amazing too. Let’s be honest, it’s hard to ruin cheesy fried tortellini.

Cheesy fried tortellini - an unbelievably tasty appetiser for a special occasion!

Cheesy fried tortellini

Prep Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 400 g fresh tortellini ~3 cups, I used spinach and ricotta
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 200 g panko breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • 50 g vegetarian parmesan-style cheese finely grated
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Boil the tortellini in a pan of water for just a couple of minutes, until half-cooked. Drain them, and gently spread them out on a lined baking tray in a single layer. Leave to cool.
  • Toss each piece of tortellini in the flour, then dip in the egg, then coat in the breadcrumbs. Place back onto the baking tray while you do the rest (I found it easiest to do this in batches of about 8 pieces at a time).
  • When you’ve breaded all of the tortellini, heat about 1cm of oil in a deep frying pan or large wok (or, of course, use a deep fryer). When the oil is heated to the point that a breadcrumb will sizzle when added, add one batch of the tortellini. Don’t overcrowd the pan - the tortellini need to be in a single layer, with a bit of space in between them. When the undersides are golden brown, turn each piece over, and repeat with the other side.
  • Leave the cooked tortellini to drain on some kitchen paper while you cook the remaining batches.
  • When all of the tortellini are cooked, add the parmesan cheese and plenty of salt and pepper, and toss until all the tortellini are well-coated. Serve immediately.

Cheesy fried tortellini - an unbelievably tasty appetiser for a special occasion!Want a cheesy appetiser that’s a bit less labour-intensive? Try my chutney and cheese spirals instead – they only take 10 minutes to put together!

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Samantha

Sunday 17th of January 2016

These look great, but I'm confused as to why you specified vegetarian Parmesan cheese? Obviously regular Parmesan wouldn't be vegan, but what wouldn't be vegetarian about it automatically?

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 18th of January 2016

'Real' parmesan uses rennet, which is an animal product (I'll let you google it, it's a bit gross!). Cheaper versions (the sort of generic hard cheese you often find in the supermarket) is usually veggie though, so it's an easy swap to make!

Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

Friday 17th of April 2015

I wish I could have made it to your super club. It looked like a great evening.

Lucy -BakingQueen74

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Yum, fried cheesy pasta, what is there not to love! I bet they were lovely, and well done on your supper club.

Jo of Jo's Kitchen

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Looks delicious and so glad you survived and enjoyed the supper club!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Hehe thanks, yes I survived, just about! :)

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Saturday 11th of April 2015

It all sounds like a fantastic evening for you and your guests. Thanks for sharing one of the recipes here for your not-as-lucky readers. It looks deliciously naughty!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Deliciously naughty is a GREAT description! ;)

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