Ever since we went to Giorgio's Martini Bar last, Bean has been infatuated with the memory of their arancini appetizer. I had never tried anything like this; they are cheesy rice balls coated in bread crumbs and fried, a dish originating in Sicily (and thus being very appropriate for a Greek restaurant such as Bean is wont to adore).
Tonight, we decided to try making them ourselves.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
When it's browned, add:
1 cup rice
1 1/2 cups water
We used sushi rice in the hopes that it would all stick together in the end. Better safe than sorry, for there is, you see, a hard-to-overcome fear of deep-frying that runs throughout the household. I am inclined to agree. But! We decided to try it this once.
After some scrounging, we added fresh parsley and saffron; a festive affair! And the smells were delicious.
When all of the water is absorbed, mix in:
1 cup shredded Parmesan
1 beaten egg
Form into balls, and into each stuff a bit of delicious Italian cheese that you had previously bought and subsequently forgot about. Then roll each ball in (respectively):
A pile of flour
A pile of egg and milk
A pile of bread crumbs
Here they are about to jump in a pot of boiling oil: