1/2 pound Any small filled pasta
Oil for frying
1/3 cup Parmesan
1 teaspoon Dried basil
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne
If pasta doesn't feel moist and supple, cover with boiling water and let stand until softened, 5 minutes.
Drain. Spread soaked pasta on a 10x15' baking pan lined with paper towels. Blot pasta gently and let dry 5 minutes. If pasta feels moist, omit soaking and drying step. Meanwhile, place 1/3 of the pasta in a skillet with heated oil. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp, 2-3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and drain. Serve or keep warm in a 200~ oven up to 30 minutes while frying remaining pasta. In a bag, mix cheese, basil, cayenne, and garlic salt to taste. Add warm pasta and shake to coat. Pour into bowl. Offer pasta with cocktail sauce for dipping.
Makes 60-80 appetizers, 10-12 servings.