Cupid in the Kitchen
By Nicole Fisher
Disclaimer: I hate Valentine’s Day. A holiday created for commercialism, it’s an excuse of a day to tell the people in your life that you love them when that’s something you should express everyday. That being said, the mid-February holiday gives every girl an excuse to indulge in her chocolate supply and kick back with a glass of wine, so I guess I can’t complain too much. Without a guy, and with best friends who have boyfriends, a tub of Nutella and a bottle of Andre is my personal poison this year and sparked the inspiration for these recipes, Nutella Ravioli and Love Potion. Whether you are looking for a cute recipe for you and your significant other, or celebrating an anti-holiday with some girlfriends, these recipes will help you turn your day into the celebration you want.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Canola oil, enough to fill a saucepan about 2-inches deep
24 won ton wrappers
3/4 cup Nutella (or any other chocolate-hazelnut spread)
1. Heat the oil on medium-high heat while you prepare the ravioli. Keep an eye on it—you want it to get hot, but not smoking. If it gets too hot, just pull it off the burner.
2. On a large cutting board, cut each won ton wrapper with a heart-shaped cookie cutter (2 1/2-inches or so).
3. Scoop the Nutella into a zip baggie, snip the corner of the baggie and twist the baggie to force the Nutella into the snipped corner. Squeeze the baggie and draw a heart with the Nutella, right in the middle of the heart won ton (using about a tablespoon of the Nutella). Draw Nutella into the center of 12 cut-out hearts.
4. Rub the edges of each of the Nutella hearts with a little bit of water, place a matching heart-shaped won ton wrapper on top and press to seal, squeezing out any air bubbles.
5. Test the oil to see if it's ready (flick a drop of water into the oil, and if it's sizzling, it's ready). Test it out with one ravioli; gently drop it in and let it cook in the oil for 30 seconds to 1 minute before you flip it over. You want it to turn a nice golden brown color. Remove the fried ravioli and place on to paper towels to drain the oil, then sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar. Repeat with the remaining ravioli, cooking about 4 at a time. They are most delicious when served warm.
Vanilla Ice Cream
1. Take a heaping spoonful of ice cream and put it in a glass.
2. Pour the Strawberry Andre over the ice cream, filling the glass.
3. Enjoy your foaming, bubbling love potion!