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arancini

Arancini are basically rice balls stuffed with things, mostly originating from Sicily. Here’s my favourite way to do them.

First, you need to make some mushroom risotto (how convenient, a recipe). You will have leftovers. Chill the leftover risotto overnight in the fridge.

The next day, form the risotto into approx 1.5-2inch balls around — well around whatever you like, really. My favourite is using small chunks of proper mozzarella, but you could do a compound butter (like Chicken Kiev), or a tomato sauce (which is one of the traditional ways), or a duxelle to max out the mushroominess, or pretty much whatever you like.

Fry the balls in relatively deep oil until golden and delicious. You’re not deep frying, but you’re not just sauteeing either. Think about the amount of oil you’d use for making fried chicken on the stovetop.

Season aggressively with salt when you take them out of the pan. Consume.

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This is relatively high-carb, but not very low fat. On the other hand, people will scarf these faster than you can possibly imagine.

I never make this the same way twice, so here’s an approximation:
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1/2 lb dried porcini, oyster, and lobster mushrooms

1/4lb fresh button mushrooms.

2c white wine (whatever you like)

1tsp tarragon (dried) or 2tsp chopped fresh

2-3tbsp butter

3-4 green onions, finely chopped

1/4 white onion, finely chopped (brunoise)

1 clove garlic, finely minced or pureed

olive oil

1lb arborio rice

1/2 lemon, juiced

1-2L chicken or mushroom stock

Rehydrate the dried mushrooms in equal parts white wine and very hot (simmering) water, with tarragon. Reserve dehydration liquid after straining, reduce to demiglace consistency.

Saute all mushrooms in a lot of butter until they’ve become a glorious browned yummy…. *wipes up drool*. You get the point. Set to one side.

In a large non-stick pan, lightly saute green onions, white onion, and some garlic in some olive oil. When softened, add arborio rice, Toss. Start the risotto process (stir. add mushroom liquid first, then a little more stock and white wine. stir until absorbed. repeat until tender and creamy).

When risotto is cooked, stir in mushrooms. Add a final splash of white wine and the juice of half a lemon.

Serve.

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glop

aka White Trash Beef Stroganoff

(i apologize in advance…  i never measure anything when i cook; i learned a lot from my grandmother, who’s fond of saying “as much as you need” when queried on amounts).
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