A miracle happened at our house recently. We had left over wild mushroom risotto. We have no idea how it happened but it is the only way to get to make arancini.
Arancini is made from left over risotto, breaded and sautéed to crispy golden brown.
To go along with the arancini, I “water-sauteed” a bunch of red Swiss chard, added some roasted garlic, salt and pepper and 2 drops of liquid smoke – Yum! A lovely contrast of flavors that blend and contrast amazingly well with the arancini.
Here is how to make Arancini:
Use any left over risotto, in this case we had wild mushroom risotto.
Shape the risotto into equal size balls, flatten sightly and then dip them into a standard breading procedure of flour, egg wash, bread crumbs (or ground nuts, which would be amazing!)
Pan fry the arancini in a small amount of oil. Do this over medium heat so the inside of the arancini can get good and warm.
Once one side is golden brown, flip them over and brown the other side.
To make the Swiss chard:
Wash the leaves and remove the stems. Reserve the stems for another use.
Chop the chard into 1″ ribbons.
Heat a saute pan to hot, do not add any oil. This is going to be a “water-saute”.
When the pan is hot, add the chard all at once, allowing whatever water still on the leaves to remain. “Water-saute” the chard until it wilts. Turning in the pan as the water evaporates.
Add a heaping spoonful of roasted garlic and a few drops of the garlic oil to the pan, stir gently to incorporate.
Season with fresh ground pepper, salt and 2 drops of liquid smoke (totally optional!)
Once all the liquid has evaporated, you are ready to serve.
Place a mound of the Swiss chard on the plate, place a wild mushroom arancini on the mound, garnish the plate with fresh tomato wedges, sliced fresh mushrooms and roasted garlic.
Simple, elegant and rich in flavors.
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- Food Fact: Swiss Chard (organicready.org)