SPINACH AND MOZZARELLA ARANCINI

Recipe Created By:

Danilo Cortellini

Serves

4

ready in

90 minutes

difficulty

Medium

What you will need

  • 250 g of Riso Gallo Traditional Sustainable Risotto rice
  • 250 g of fresh spinach (washed and drained)
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • 1 egg
  • 20 g of finely chopped onion
  • 150 g of fior di latte mozzarella diced
  • 40 g of grated Grana Padano
  • 25 g of unsalted butter
  • 1 litre of vegetable oil
  • 10 ml of dry white wine
  • Flour to dust
  • 2 eggs for the egg wash
  • 300 g of breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare:

Start by cooking the rice base as if it was a risotto.

In a large casserole, start to roast the rice on a low heat with a pinch of salt, without adding oil or fat. In this way, the heat reaches the core of each rice grain resulting in more uniform al dente rice. Keep stirring the rice, so the rice does not catch on the bottom of the pan or burn. When the rice is very hot, pour the white wine in. Let the alcohol evaporate, set the cooking time to 15 minutes and add the simmering stock a ladle at a time, little by little. Stir the rice occasionally, and keep cooking.

While the rice is cooking gently fry the chopped onion in a pan on low heat with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt for about 10 minutes, until well golden. Now add the spinach to the pan and season to taste. Cook for 1 minute and remove from the heat.

When the cooking time of the rice is almost finished, add the spinach and onion to it and stir well. Once the cooking time of the risotto is up, if you’re happy with the texture remove it from the heat, add the butter, the grated Grana Padano cheese and the egg and stir well. Season to taste and let the rice cool down in a large tray.

Once cold, create with your hands rice balls of about 40/50 gr each and remember to put abundant diced mozzarella in the middle of each of them for the extra ooze effect. You can shape them as you please really!

Once all are ready let them set for 30 minutes in the fridge and then roll them gently into the flour. Following the flour, each Arancino should be dipped into the seasoned egg wash and ultimately coated evenly with breadcrumbs.

Now deep fry the rice balls in vegetable oil at 160 degrees for about 5/6 minutes, until well golden. If the cheese starts to break through the arancini while cooking, you can drain them straight away from the oil and finish to cook them in the over at 200 degrees until well golden. Season with a touch of salt, and serve hot with a bowl of tomato sauce on the side as dip.

 

 

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