Tortellini Tapas with Spicy Ranch Dip
1 (9 ounce) package refrigerated cheese filled tortellini
1 (16 ounce) bottle Ranch-style dressing with peppercorns, divided*
2 large eggs
2 cups fine , dry breadcrumbs
3/4 cup mild chunky salsa
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups vegetable oil
Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs
Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and cool. Whisk together 1 cup dressing and eggs in a large bowl until blended. Add tortellini, and let stand 10 minutes. Drain and dredge in breadcrumbs; p[lace on a baking sheet. Chill at least 1 hour.
Stir together remaining dressing, salsa, and cilantro; chill.
Pour oil into a Dutch oven; heat to 375F. Fry tortellini, in batches, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with dip; garnish, if desired.
* 1 (16 ounce) bottle Ranch-style dressing plus 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper may be substituted.
NOTE: To make ahead, fry tortellini according to directions; drain and place on a baking sheet. Keep warm in a 200F oven for 2 hours.