Arancini Bocca di Bacco

arancini balls

When the weather is gloomy, I always find cooking to be a perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening. It’s cozy, the house is warm and fragrant from the stove simmering away, and you can always open a bottle of your favorite wine to sip while you cook! And, when it’s all done, you have a wonderful meal to enjoy together. It almost makes me thankful for the clouds!

One of my favorite classic Italian dishes to cook at home is Arancini, Italian-style saffron rice balls. With Earth Day this week, I was reminded of how important it is to reduce our waste in every capacity, and food is no exception! This is a perfect dish to prepare using leftover risotto from the previous days dinner. Never throw away ingredients that you can reinvent in a new, delicious dish!

You can choose to customize your Arancini based on your taste, or what you have on-hand, but the general way to make them uses risotto, mozzarella, egg,  and bread crumbs.  You’ll mix the pre-made risotto, eggs, and bread crumbs together and form them into balls before adding your mozzarella into the center of each, rolling in additional bread crumbs and frying lightly in hot oil. At Bocca di Bacco we serve these delicious risotto balls with a delicious red sauce, which I highly recommend–and of course, every Italian dish is better paired with a glass of wine!

What’s your favorite way to re-invent leftover ingredients? Share your tips in the comments!

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Baked Spring Vegetable Omelette with Comte

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My favorite part about spring, along with the sun finally warming New York, is the abundance of beautiful spring produce! I always cook with the seasons, so when given a chance to create a recipe with the sweet, nutty Comte cheese from France, I couldn’t wait to create a dish that paired this delicious cheese with some fresh, seasonal produce.

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When creating this recipe with The Cheeses of Europe, I couldn’t help but drift towards a dish that I could enjoy with friends and family at Sunday brunch. A baked omelette seemed the perfect choice! Cheesy, fluffy, and perfectly seasoned, I guarantee this will be a well-loved dish at your next hosted brunch. Watch the whole video here, or see my recipe below! Bon appetit!

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons shallots, sliced and quartered
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 radishes, quartered
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces on diagonal
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
12 eggs
1/4 cup milk
3/4 and 1/4 cups Comté cheese, grated

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°.Toss the shallots, peppers, radishes, and asparagus in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange on baking sheet and roast in oven for 25 minutes. Allow the vegetables to cool a bit, and then place them in an ovenproof nonstick sauté pan and pour the egg mixture over top. On a low flame, cook the eggs until they start to set, about 4-5 minutes. Then place the pan back in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until eggs are cooked through.Sprinkle the remaining Comté on top, and cut into wedges to serve.