Strawberry Risotto and Arancini

Anyone who has been following this blog for some time is aware of my admiration of Italian food and the synonymous belief that a dish is encapsulated by the quality of the individual ingredients. Unfortunately, living in London means that quality of ingredients wavers between two extremes. We can get really good apples, mushrooms and often strawberries (2009's harvest was particularly good) but we also get depressingly bad flavourless and mushy April tomatoes. The key here is that we do not decide when to eat certain fruit and vegetables; seasonality is key. But this does not mean that fruit in season always tastes good (it is more likely but by no means a certainty) and we need to use ingenuity and a little creativity in that instance. Sour strawberries can be remedied with a good amount of sugar (or sweet cream) but re-imagining their potential use allows the versatility of the fruit to shine through.  This strawberry risotto is by no means a new idea but I've taken the crux of the original recipe and edited ever so slightly. Make more risotto than you need so you'll be left with enough risotto to make some strawberry risotto arancini!

Ingredients
Strawberry Risotto
1 cup Egyptian short grain rice (or Carnaroli)
2-2 1/2 cups of chicken stock
1 stalk celery
1 large onion
1/2 a leek
1 dessert spoon olive oil
a splash of cyder vinegar
a handful of strawberries (however much you want!)
1 sprig of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons of parmesan
1 tablespoon of good quality butter
salt and pepper (careful on the salt, there's stock and parmesan in this)


Strawberry Risotto Arancini
however much risotto is left
a good white cheese (mozzarella works but provola is best)
1 egg
4-5 teaspoons of flour
4-5 teaspoons of panko

Method
Strawberry Risotto
Sweat the diced onion, celery and leek in the olive oil until soft and translucent. Add the rice and make sure that every grain is coated in oil and fry for a minute. Add the cyder vinegar until cooked out. Add the chopped strawberries and the sprig of thyme and stir in and then ladle on the first spoonful of stock. Try to stir this as few times as possible. You only want to stir to stop it from sticking. Add a ladle-ful of stock at a time until the rice has increased in size and is tender to the bite. You want to make sure not to dry out the rice too much so it's best to add a little more stock after your rice is cooked to your liking. Add the grated parmesan and butter and stir. Cover and leave to rest for one minute. Then it's time to eat!
 
Strawberry Risotto Arancini
Once the risotto has cooled down completely you can start to form the rice into balls. Prod a hole in the middle of the ball and stuff with diced cheese before encasing it once more. You can stuff the arancini with anything you like. Dip the ball into the flour, the egg and then into the panko. I did this twice to add a good crunch to the exterior. Preheat the oil to 170 C and deep fry until golden brown. Hopefully the cheese you've chosen has melted! You can add ragu on the side or eat them as they are.  

22 comments:

29 June 2010 at 16:00 reeselane said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」......................................................................

7 July 2010 at 13:36 羅承霞 said...

人有兩眼一舌,是為了觀察倍於說話的緣故。............................................................

12 July 2010 at 02:48 佩政 said...

困難的不在於新概念,而在於逃避舊有的概念。............................................................

19 July 2010 at 06:39 芸茂芸茂 said...

未來屬於那些相信他們美好夢想的人。......................................................

21 July 2010 at 15:53 柯凡豐 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

24 July 2010 at 09:19 琬安琬安 said...

第一忠誠,第二勤奮,第三專心工作。..................................................

30 July 2010 at 06:43 潘兆以潘兆以 said...

傻氣的人喜歡給心 雖然每次都被笑了卻得到了別人的心............................................................

2 August 2010 at 10:31 洪志源 said...

Judge not a book by its cover.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4 August 2010 at 22:14 Alisa said...

This looks delicious,If you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

5 August 2010 at 08:26 群育航學 said...

很喜歡你的部落格,來給你加油,幫你推一下喔~期待你的下一個更新,謝謝................................................

10 August 2010 at 19:17 偉曹琬 said...

如果擬任為輸贏是最重要的事,那你輸了................................................

17 August 2010 at 09:49 孫邦柔 said...

認清問題就等於已經解決了一半的問題。..................................................

19 August 2010 at 16:57 璇陳陳陳竹 said...

你的部落內容真棒,一定要持續下去! .................................[/url]...............

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