Arancini di riso

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves20
  • DifficultyEasy

For the risotto balls

Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
200g risotto with mushrooms and peas, recipe follows, cooled
30g grated Parmesan
180g dried Italian-style bread crumbs
60g mozzarella, cut into 1-cm cubes

For the mushroom risotto with peas

2L low-salt chicken stock
15g dried porcini mushrooms
60g unsalted butter
2 tbsp olive oil
320g finely chopped onions
300g white mushrooms, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
270g Arborio rice or short-grain white rice
150ml dry white wine
80g frozen peas, thawed
80g grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, optional
For the risotto balls:

1) Pour enough oil in a heavy large saucepan to reach the depth of 7-cm. Heat the oil over medium heat to 180°C.

2) Stir the eggs, risotto, Parmesan, and 60g of the bread crumbs in a large bowl to combine. Place the remaining breadcrumbs in a medium bowl. Using about 2 tbsp of the risotto mixture for each, form the risotto mixture into 3-cm diameter balls. Insert 1 cube of mozzarella into the center of each ball. Roll the balls in the bread crumbs to coat.

3) Working in batches, add the rice balls to the hot oil and cook until brown and heated through, turning them as necessary, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rice balls to paper towels to drain. Season with salt. Let rest for two minutes. Serve hot.

For the mushroom risotto with peas:

1) Bring the stock to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. Add the porcini mushrooms. Set aside until the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Keep the stock warm over very low heat.

2) Melt the butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the white mushrooms and garlic.

3) Using a slotted spoon, transfer the porcini mushrooms to a cutting board. Finely chop the mushrooms and add to the saucepan. Saute until the mushrooms are tender and the juices evaporate, about 5 minutes.

4) Stir in the rice and let it toast for a few minutes. Add the wine; cook until the liquid is absorbed, stirring often, about 2 minutes.

5) Add 250ml of hot stock; simmer over medium-low heat until the liquid is absorbed, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Continue to cook until the rice is just tender and the mixture is creamy, adding more stock by 250ml increments and stirring often, about 28 minutes (the rice will absorb 6 to 8 cups of stock).

6) Stir in the peas. Mix in the Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Makes six portions.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

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