Cheese tortellini party snacks hit the top of the list when it comes to finger food ideas for delicious holiday horderves! These easy appetizers are perfect for game-day gatherings, movie nights, wine-tasting parties, and afternoon snacking. This scrumptious recipe is fun to make. It’s a real crowd pleaser! Scroll down the page for the printable recipe card. I have a sneaky feeling these super-cute baked tortellini will become one of your favorite party snacks!
Baked Cheese Tortellini Horderves
These are the simple ingredients you’ll need to make yummy cheese tortellini horderves: one package of refrigerated cheese tortellini, flour, eggs, grated Parmesan cheese, Panko bread crumbs, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, a sprinkling of sea salt and a few twists of freshly-ground black pepper. For garnishing I recommend melted butter, Parmesan cheese, a pinch of red chili flakes, and fresh parsley.
How to Make Cheese Tortellini Party Snacks
Tie on your apron and pull out a large pot. Boil the tortellini al dente according to package instructions. If the time for al dente is not listed, then subtract a full minute from the cooking time. Transfer the cooked pasta to a colander and drain well.
Finger Food Ideas
Adjust your oven rack to the center position. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Take out three shallow bowls, a spoon and a whisk. Pull out two large baking trays and line them silicone mats or parchment paper. Fill the first bowl with flour. In the second bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. In the last bowl, add the Panko crumbs, grated Parmesan, chili flakes, oregano and a bit of salt and freshly-ground pepper. With clean hands or a spoon, mix well to combine.
To put these holiday appetizers together, it’s best to work in small batches. Start by thickly coating each piece of tortellini in flour. Dip the well-floured tortellini into the egg-and-milk mixture. Coat all sides so there are absolutely no dry flour spots on any part of the tortellini. This is very important! Transfer the wet pasta pieces to the third bowl filled with the herb and crumb mixture. Generously coat each piece. Place the tortellini on a lined baking tray. Leave room between the pieces so in the oven they’ll become nice and crisp on all sides. When making these easy appetizers I use two baking trays to accomplish four rotations of horderves in and out of the oven!
Baked Tortellini Party Snacks
Bake for approximately 14-15 minutes, or until they’re beautifully golden and crisp! Remove them from the oven. Garnish with a drizzling of melted butter, then sprinkle chili flakes, Parmesan cheese, and minced Italian parsley over the top. These vegetarian party snacks are such a delight. They’re fantastic horderves for those who don’t eat meat, like my soon to be son-in-law Chase! He stopped by to sample this yummy recipe and I sent him home with half the batch.
Serve your gorgeous holiday appetizers with a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping. Mmmm…Mmmm… Once you taste them I’m sure you’ll agree, these easy appetizers taste just as good as they look!
Kitchen Tools for Party Snacks
These are some of my favorite kitchen tools for so many of my various finger food ideas! I love my sturdy USA baking trays and re-usable silicone mats. I find that having a few shallow bowls on hand in the kitchen comes in handy for many different recipes. If you’re looking for a fabulous hostess gift for an upcoming party, a beautiful recipe tin along with recipe cards is a very thoughtful gift idea.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tortellini
When sharing this recipe for tortellini party snacks, I’ve found that readers have three important questions in mind.
- Can you freeze uncooked tortellini? Yes, you can absolutely freeze uncooked tortellini! I recommend spreading out the pieces on a baking tray and putting them into the freezer until frozen. Transfer the frozen tortellini to a zip-top freezer bag then return them to the freezer. They’ll keep for about one to two months.
- How do you cook frozen cheese tortellini? When you’re ready to cook frozen tortellini, simply boil them in a large pot filled with water and one tablespoon of olive oil. The cooking time will be slightly longer than the time required for a package of refrigerated tortellini.
- Can I freeze cooked tortellini? Yes. Simply freeze the pieces on a cookie sheet before transferring them to a zip-top freezer bag and putting them back into the freezer. Use within 3 or 4 days.
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Cheese Tortellini Party Snacks
Yield 6 Servings
Yummy tortellini party snacks are destined to be the star attraction on your appetizer table! Served with either homemade or jarred marinara sauce, you're guests will be delighted to feast on these scrumptious holiday appetizers. This is one of the tastiest finger food ideas around!
- 1 20-ounce package three-cheese tortellini, refrigerated
- 1 + 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 large eggs
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 2 + 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
- A sprinkling of sea salt
- A few twists of freshly-ground black pepper
- Garnishes: drizzling of melted butter, grated Parmesan, sprinkling of chili flakes, minced Italian parsley
- Dipping sauce: one regular-sized jar of classic marinara sauce (I used a 23.5-ounce jar)
- Boil the three-cheese tortellini al dente according to package instructions. Do not overcook! Transfer to a colander and drain well.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Pull out three shallow bowls, a whisk and a spoon. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Bowl #1: Add flour only.
- Bowl #2: Add eggs and milk. Whisk to combine.
- Bowl #3: Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, oregano, chili flakes, sea salt and ground pepper. Mix well.
- It's best to work in small batches. Place the tortellini in the bowl of flour. Thickly coat each piece. Move the pieces to the egg/milk mixture. Coat all sides evening, taking care that no white spots of flour are visible. This is very important! Transfer the wet pieces to the bowl of bread crumbs. Generously coat each piece. Place the breaded tortellini on a baking tray, leaving plenty of space between pieces. When baking, this will allow the pieces to crisp up on all sides.
- Bake for 14-15 minutes, or until the tortellini party snacks are beautifully crispy and golden.
- Arrange on a party tray alongside a bowl of marinara sauce for dipping. Drizzle melted butter over the top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, and minced Italian parsley. Enjoy!
I recommend starting off with half the amount of the egg/milk mixture, and half the amount of the herb/crumb mixture. This will leave plenty of working space in your shallow bowls. When needed, quickly prep the rest of the egg and crumb mixtures and continue the dipping process.
Courses Appetizers, Snacks, Party
Cuisine Italian, American
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