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Risotto Timbale

Food Network Canada
PREP TIME
30 min
COOK TIME
1h 45 min
YIELDS
6 servings

Comfort food, refined! The hearty mushroom and meat filling, including ground beef sirloin and chicken liver, is full of rich flavours and bold aromas.

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Ingredients

Risotto

½
quart chicken stock
1
generous pinch saffron threads
EVOO, as needed
½
lb(s) pancetta, finely chopped
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
small onion, finely chopped
1 ¼
cups Arborio or Carnaroli rice
½
cup dry white wine
About ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated
2
Tbsp butter

Meat and Mushroom Filling

1 ½
cups chicken stock
1
handful dried porcini mushrooms (no more than 1 oz)
3
Tbsp butter
1
onion, chopped
4
oz chicken livers, chopped
¼
tsp ground thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper
splash dry sherry or marsala
1
Tbsp EVOO
12
oz ground beef sirloin
- ½ lb(s) bulk hot or sweet Italian sausage or 2 links cut from casings
¾
cloves garlic, chopped
2
Tbsp tomato paste

Assembly

4
oz fresh Mozzarella cheese, diced
1
cup frozen peas, defrosted
1
handful fresh basil leaves, torn
1
small plum tomato, seeded and diced
butter, softened (for greasing mold)
panko breadcrumbs, for dusting
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Directions

Step 1

Heat the stock with 1 1/2 cups water and the saffron and keep warm.

Step 2

Heat 2 turns of the pan EVOO in a pot and cook the pancetta to render, 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and onions and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes, and then add the rice and toast 1 minute.

Step 3

Pour in the wine and cook until evaporated, then begin adding the warm saffron liquid a few ladlefuls at a time, stirring frequently to develop the starches. The risotto will take exactly 18 minutes time from first addition of liquids.

Step 4

Stir in the cheese and butter and remove from the heat.

Step 5

Heat the stock in a small pot along with the mushrooms, and chop once reconstituted (keep the liquid).

Step 6

Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet and cook the onions to a light caramel colour, then transfer to a plate.

Step 7

Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, raise the heat slightly and stir in the chicken livers. Sprinkle with the thyme, some salt and pepper and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Pour in the sherry and transfer the livers to a plate.

Step 8

Pour the EVOO into the centre of the skillet. Once the oil is hot, brown the beef and sausage, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 9

Return the onions and livers to the skillet along with the tomato paste, mushrooms and mushroom soaking liquid. Simmer over low heat to thicken and combine the flavours, about 3 minutes.

Step 10

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Mix together the Mozzarella, peas, basil and tomatoes in a small bowl.

Step 11

Grease a baking mold or oven-proof bowl with butter and dust with breadcrumbs. Fill the mold evenly with half of the risotto and top with the meat sauce. Create a small well in the centre, and fill with the Mozzarella, peas and tomatoes. Layer the rest of the risotto on top and smooth the surface. Dot the top with butter and remaining breadcrumbs. Bake 45 minutes.

Step 12

Let cool on a rack while in the mold 15 minutes before loosening the edges with an off-set knife. Place a plate on top of the mold, invert, and serve.

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