Try this simple pumpkin ravioli recipe and serve these bite-size bundles as an appetizer at any fall gathering. Pumpkin ravioli are sold in the fresh pasta section of many grocery stores and Italian specialty markets. Often, the filling has a bit of sage in it, which pairs beautifully with pumpkin.

This fried ravioli technique can be used with any kind of store-bought ravioli. If you’re using a cheese based filling try serving with a warmed marinara dipping sauce.

Fried Pumpkin Ravioli

Canola oil, for frying
¾ C. low-fat buttermilk
2 C. bread crumbs
1 package store-bought pumpkin ravioli (about 2 dozen ravioli)
¼ C. fresh-grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Fill dutch oven or deep frying pay with 2” canola oil. Heat over medium heat until oil reaches 325 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer.
2. Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment and set aside. Put buttermilk and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip ravioli in buttermilk and coat completely, gently shaking off excess buttermilk over bowl. Next, coat each side of ravioli in bread crumbs, then place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ravioli.
3. Fry the ravioli in batches (6 at a time) in hot oil. Turn ravioli once, until golden brown, after about 2 minutes, and continue cooking (about 1 minute). Transfer fried ravioli, with slotted spoon, to paper towel to drain excess oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Transfer cooked ravioli to baking sheet and keep warm in preheated oven until ready to serve. Best served shortly after frying.