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.
Keywords: tortellini party snack, fried tortellini