Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Episode: Totally Fried
Total:
30 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
30 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Breading:
Filling:
Basic Risotto:

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Filling:

Breading: Put the bread crumbs in a medium bowl. Set aside. 

Filling: In a medium bowl, combine the risotto, bread crumbs, Parmesan, basil, and eggs. With damp hands, using about 2 tablespoons of the risotto mixture, form the mixture into 1 3/4-inch diameter balls. Make a hole in the center of each ball and insert a cube of Gorgonzola. Cover up the hole to completely enclose the cheese. Roll the balls in the breading to coat. 

In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour in enough oil to fill the pan about 1/3 of the way. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 350 degrees F. (If you dont have a thermometer, a cube of bread will brown in about 2 minutes.) In batches, fry the rice balls, turning occasionally, until golden, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Basic Risotto:

In a medium saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and keep the broth hot. 

In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter. Add the wine and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup hot broth and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking the rice, adding the broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of broth to absorb before adding the next. Cook the rice until tender but still firm to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining butter, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. 

Yield: 2 cups

Cook's Note

Depending on the kind of Gorgonzola you use, you may have a salty or less salty finished product, so taste the cheese beforehand.

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