Arancini - Bruno Albouze - THE REAL DEAL

Arancini Recipe/ Yields ≈ 35 / 1 ounce/30g ea.

Chicken Stock – Yields 2qt (2L) /Freeze Leftovers.
1.5 lb. (675g) chicken such as back bones / legs / wings / necks / feet…
1 carrot, unpeeled, washed and chopped
1 celery rib, washed and halved
1 white onion, unpeeled and quartered
1 clove
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 leek, white part / washed and halved
3 parsley stems
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tsp black peppercorns
2 cups (500ml) Sauvignon blanc or Chardonay
2 qt (2L) cold water.
Place chicken parts under cold running water until they are cleared of remaining blood and impurities. Place chicken and all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to boil and let simmer slowly for 2 to 4 hours; covered. Do not stir the stock or it will get cloudy. Eventually skim off surface to remove remaining impurities. Carefully pass the chicken stock, discard solids and let cool over ice water. Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for several weeks. Skim off the fat left on the surface of the chilled stock before using. Chicken stock can be used for many dishes, soups and sauces. It can also be reduced to concentrate its flavors.

Parsley Puree
2 bunches Italian parsley, washed, stems removed and blanched
1/2 cup (125ml) chicken stock, chilled.
Method: Blend well until smooth.
Mozzarella pearls
Blanched asparagus (optional).
Paper thin prosciutto, fried
Basil leaves, fried (When frying, put the lid on immediately and fry for a few sec.
Tiny tomatoes, halved.
Seared Tomatoes
In a hot saucepan, drizzle some olive oil and salt. Sear tomatoes for 3 minutes, face down. Deglaze with some balsamic vinegar and flip tomatoes and continue cooking for a minute. Transfer to a plate and let cool.

Arancini Risotto
1 Tbsp (15ml) unsalted butter
1 Tbsp (15ml) olive oil
2 ounces (60g) shallots or onions, minced
1.2 cups (250g) Arborio rice
1/2 cup (125ml) white wine such as Chardonnay or Vermouth
3.5 cups (900ml) chicken or vegetable stock.

3 Tbsp (50g) unsalted butter, cubed
3 ounces (90g) grated Parmesan cheese
Parsley puree
Salt and pepper to taste.
1 ea. (55g) beaten egg.
Heat up a large skillet or Duch oven, melt butter and olive oil. Sweat the minced shallots until translucent; about 2 min on medium hight heat. Add the rice to the pot and stir briskly so each grain is coated with the fat. Don’t let rice turn brown!. Add wine and give a stir and leave it alone until the liquid is fully absorbed. Pour in 2.5 cups (625ml) of hot stock first, stir and let cook for about 12 minutes on low heat stirring every so often. Add remaining liquid; 1 cup (250ml) and finish cooking for 8 to 10 minutes or more* until tender; stirring every so often.
*The rice for the Arancini must be cooked through while traditional risotto should be slighlty underdone especially if made in advance so that it can be reheated with some stock, butter or mascapone or cream and parmesan cheese.
Turn heat off and add the cubed butter and parmesan. Let cool to room temperature. Add the parsley puree and season with salt and pepper and add the beaten egg.
Line a baking tray with plastic wrap. Scoop out risotto into 1/2 tablespoon portion. Top with a mozzarella pearl and cover with another 1/2 tablespoon of risotto and shape into balls. Freeze an hour or until firm to the touch before breading.

1 cup (150g) flour / 2 eggs beaten with a pinch of salt / 2 cups bread crumbs.
Coat the rice balls in flour first, then the beaten eggs and bread crumbs and freeze until it has hardened. Store arancini in the freezer in air-tight containers for a few weeks or sous-vide for 3 months.
Heat up frying oil to 350ºF (180ºC). Fry frozen arancini on all sides unitil brown and transfer onto paper towels – keep arancini warm in the oven until ready to serve. Plate with the fried proscuitto and basil leaves and the seared tomatoes. Season with fleur de sel and ground black pepper. Enjoy!

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