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14 Facts To Help You Celebrate Ravioli Day

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Ravioli Day

National Ravioli Day is observed each year on March 20th.  As one of the food holidays, it is very popular with pasta lovers.

Ravioli are a traditional type of Italian filled pasta, made up of a filling sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough. The ravioli are usually served in either a broth or with a pasta sauce.  A variety of filling recipes are available from cheesy to meaty.

Served often as the main course, ravioli can also be a side dish or even an appetizer. Many popular recipes bake or deep fry the ravioli.

Add chocolate to the pasta or cream cheese stuffing and a caramel sauce, the dish quickly becomes a dessert!

      1. The first mentions of Ravioli was in the 14th century.
      2. The word ravioli is from an old Italian word riavvolgere (“to wrap”)
      3. Canned ravioli was pioneered by Chef Boyardee in the 1930’s
      4. St. Louis, Missouri is where the toasted ravioli got its start.
      5. “Fresh” packed ravioli lasts up for several week while fresh made lasts for just a few days.
      6. Ravioli nudi, or “naked ravioli”, refers to simply the filling without the pasta shell.
      7. In Rome, ravioli were already well-known when Bartolomeo Scappi served them with boiled chicken to the papal conclave of 1549
      8. Canned ravioli was pioneered by the Italian Army in the First World War
      9.  Italian tradition is to serve vegetarian ravioli, particularly on Fridays. Meats is served as a side or later in the meal.
      10. Ravioli appears in India, as a popular dish called Gujiya. Similar to ravioli, however it is prepared sweet, with a filing of dry fruits, sugar and a mixture of sweet spices, then deep fried in vegetable oil.
      11. Jewish cuisine has a similar dish called Kreplach, a pocket of meat or other filling covered by egg pasta.
      12. In Turkey, Mantı which is similar to ravioli is a popular dish. It is stuffed with spiced meat and served with paprika sauce and yoghurt
      13. A similar Middle Eastern dish called shishbarak contains pasta filled with minced beef meat and cooked in hot yogurt.
      14. Ravioli are commonly encountered in the cooking of Nice, the broader Côte d’Azur, and the surrounding regions in the south of France.

Sources: 

  • National Day Calendar
  • Foodimentary
  • Wikipedia
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