31 December 2010

A Questionable Arancini for Lunch

~ Menu ~

Leftover Risotto Arancini-ish Thing
Fresh Herb Salad
Balsamic & Chilli Glaze
Cuvée Prestige
Homemade Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

You will remember that I had a delicious risotto the other day – see previous post.   Well I couldn’t eat it all at the time and today I made myself a whopping great arancini like thing with the leftovers. I say “arancini-like” because, as you probably know if you are at all foodie, arancini means “little orange” in Italian but if mine was a little orange it was a seriously flat one. Also I deviated in the cheese department; arancini are often stuffed with mozzarella and this caused me to ponder for a while. I have Cheddar, Feta, Brie, Gorgonzola, Parmesan and Boursin to hand to hand and eventually settled for the latter. Thirdly I would have liked to have coated my arancini in panko crumbs but didn’t have any lying about and I couldn’t be arsed to mess about with breadcrumbs so I just shallow fried my rice patty in olive oil – worked for me!

Mozzarella and panko would probably have been perfect but we must remember that this is a blog about leftovers and stuff in the store cupboard so popping out to the shops would have been out of the question.

How to really make arancini …

Really cold, ie. chilled risotto is sticky and easily holds together to make a little orange or other shape.

Leftover risotto of your choice – chilled to really cold
Cheese of your choice – mozzarella for instance
Flour seasoned with salt and pepper
Beaten egg
Soft breadcrumbs or panko

~ Form cold risotto into balls (about 2 inches across would be reasonable – I was unreasonable)
~ Press a small dice of your chosen cheese into the centre of each ball and then reform the risotto around the cheese to encase completely and seal the cheese in.
~ Coat your balls (madam!) in seasoned flour, then the beaten egg and finally the crumbs or panko. Chill until needed.
~ Deep or shallow fry till crisp and deep golden.
~ Drain and sit for a minute or two (give the cheese a little extra melting time) then serve ideally with a good hot (both hot-heat and hot-spice would be good in my opinion) tomato sauce.

Boursin worked well flavour-wise but didn’t, of course, make for as gooey a melting heart as I’d have liked Nevertheless with some fresh herb salad (from Tesco), little plum tomatoes, red onion and balsamic glaze this was an excellent lunch - rather filling too.

In keeping, however, with the festive time of year I managed to struggle on and have a morsel or two of dessert.

As I have mentioned before I am working on a book of ice creams in which I divulge a wicked easy recipe which can be varied ad infinitum to universal delight. Actually it’s all but finished but I’m beginning to lose my erection about it. Unbelievable as it may seem there is, in fact, a limit to how much ice cream one person can eat and I need to get it published, move on and lose weight. If anyone can help me in this department *** please do feel free to get in touch! (This theme may come up more than once over the next few weeks!)

So now I’m full. Again.
I’d like to wish everyone …
*** The publishing, not the losing weight - I've got that sorted, see post in a few days time for my cunning plan.
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