Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse
Show: Emeril Live
Episode: Sicilian Style
Total:
7 hr 5 min
Prep:
35 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
2 hr 30 min
Yield:
about 16 arancini
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
Bolognese Sauce for Arancini:

Directions

To make the basic risotto for the arancini, in a saucepan bring stock to a simmer. Cover and set aside to keep hot. In a heavy Dutch oven or large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and saute until transparent, about 4 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, until rice is opaque and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add a pinch of saffron and the white wine and cook, stirring, until absorbed. While continually stirring with a wooden spoon, begin adding the stock in 1/2 cup increments, allowing the liquid to become completely absorbed by the rice between additions. Cook until the rice is just tender and the risotto is creamy, about 20 minutes. Add the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, heavy cream, herbs, salt and pepper and stir to combine well. Transfer to a mixing bowl or baking dish and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

When ready to make the arancini, remove the chilled risotto from the refrigerator and stir in 1 of the eggs. Using a small scoop or large spoon, divide the risotto into approximately 3 tablespoon sized portions. Using your hands, form the portions into rough ball shapes.

Press a hole into the center of each risotto ball and stuff the center with a heaping teaspoonful of the Bolognese Sauce. Press the opening closed and roll the ball between your hands until it is smooth. Set aside while you prepare the other arancini. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow balls to set up before coating and frying.

In a large saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 360 degrees F. Place the flour, remaining 2 eggs and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls. Season each bowl with Essence to taste. Using a fork, lightly beat the eggs. One by one, lightly dredge each risotto ball in the flour, rolling to coat completely, then the beaten egg mixture, then the bread crumbs, so that each ball is completely coated.

Transfer to a plate or baking sheet briefly, if necessary, until you are ready to fry the arancini.

Fry the balls in batches, a few at a time, turning once during cooking so that they are evenly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer balls to paper towel lined plates to drain briefly before serving. Serve hot or warm, sprinkled with a little Parmesan.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch 

Published by William Morrow, 1993.

Bolognese Sauce for Arancini:

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until it is crisp and has released almost all of its fat, about 6 minutes. Add the onion, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are very soft and lightly browned around the edges, about 6 minutes. Add the ground chuck, ground veal, and ground pork and cook, stirring to break up any clumps, until the meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the white wine, garlic, and tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the beef broth and bring to a boil. Lower the heat so that the sauce just simmers. Simmer, partially covered, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Combine the milk and cream in a small mixing bowl. After the sauce has simmered for 15 minutes, and at even intervals, start adding the milk-cream mixture little by little, 1/4 cup or so at a time over 1 1/2 hours. By the end of the 1 1/2 hours, the milk mixture should be completely incorporated and the sauce should be very thick and creamy. This sauce is not supposed to be very "saucy" it should be tender morsels of meat coated by a thick, creamy sauce. Remove 1/2 cup of the sauce for the arancini, place in a small bowl and stir in the peas. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled before using in the Sicilian Style Arancini recipe. The remaining sauce may be used for pasta; sauce freezes exceptionally well and may be frozen for up to 4 months.

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