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Risotto Balls

Overview

Preparation time
35 minutes
Cooking time
45 minutes
Serves
makes 20

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Ingredients

  • 20g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 200g Swiss brown mushrooms, cleaned, diced
  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup Fountain Barbecue Sauce, plus extra to serve
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Flat leaf parsley to garnish

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 150°C. Strain mushrooms, reserving liquid. Add liquid to chicken stock in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and keep at a low simmer.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat, add onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until soft. Finely chop porcini mushrooms. Stir in porcini and Swiss brown mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft.
  3. Reduce heat to low, add rice and stir for 3-4 minutes or until evenly coated with oil. Add warm stock, a cup at a time, stirring, for 15-20 minutes or until rice is al dente. Mixture should be slightly drier than normal risotto. Add parmesan, mozzarella, 1 tbsp (20mls) Fountain Barbecue Sauce, season with pepper, and allow to cool.
  4. Combine eggs and remaining Fountain Barbecue Sauce in a bowl. Roll a heaped tablespoon of risotto into a ball, dust in flour, shaking off excess. Dip risotto balls into egg mix and then breadcrumbs. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Place on a lined tray in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill
  5. Add enough vegetable oil to a medium saucepan to reach a depth of 6 cm. Heat to 180C over high heat (when oil is ready a cube of bread turns golden brown in 15 seconds). Cook risotto balls, in batches, until golden and heated through. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve warm, garnished with flat leaf parsley and extra Fountain Barbecue Sauce.