Tortellini Dumplings for Tortellini Day (Feb. 13!)
Updated: Aug 29, 2020
I have been experimenting with using egg roll wrappers to make pasta dishes since they are essentially like pre-made pasta dough or lasagna sheets, so I decided to try to make tortellini out of egg roll wrappers. I have made pasta dough from scratch before & it's fun, but I didn't feel like doing it for this (link). Since they were made out of egg roll wrappers, I decided to call them "Tortellini Dumplings".
Tortellini are also called ombelico, which is funny because that means umbilicus or belly button and they do look like belly button-shaped pasta.
"Tortellini are ring-shaped pasta, sometimes also described as "navel shaped", hence their alternative name of "belly button" (ombelico). Originally from the Italian region of Emilia (in particular Bologna and Modena), they are usually stuffed with a mix of meat (pork loin, raw prosciutto, Mortadella), Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, egg and nutmeg. They are traditionally served in capon broth (in brodo di cappone)."
I watched a class on the Food Network app on how to fold the tortellini. I already had some spinach and cheese filling I had made for something else.
I sealed it closed with some water. Then, the fun part shaping the tortellini: I wrapped it around my index finger and then sealed it with some water. It worked well, but this egg roll wrapper was kind of dry and it cracked a little when I was folding them. It didn't matter really.
To cook them, I just added ~1/4 cup of water to this bowl and microwaved it for ~1 min.
I added a little butter and parmesan. That's it! It took like 5 min. including folding the tortellini. Give it a try! We are good at this! :)