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Arancini with Wagyu Beef Sweet Italian Sausage and Cheese

Fullblood Wagyu Beef Sweet Italian Sausage and Cheese Arancini with a Smoky Tomato Sauce

Prep Time: 3 Hours
Cook Time: 80 Minutes
Servings: 18 Arancini
Difficulty Level: 2
(Levels: 1-5 with 5 being most difficult)

Recipe provided by Chef Melanie Hammericksen

INGREDIENTS

Smoky Tomato Sauce
  • 1 CAN Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 Large Shallot (minced)
  • 1/2 CUP Basil (chiffonade)
  • 1/4 CUP Heavy Cream
  • 1 TSP Smoked Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Breading
  • 1 1/2 CUP Flour
  • 2 CUP Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 4 Eggs (whisked)
  • 6 CUP Grapeseed Oil (for frying)

          Tools

          • Large Shallow Pot (for frying)
          • Large Stainless Steel Saute Pan
          • Medium Saucepan
          • Wooden Spoon
          • Slotted Spoon
          • Shallow Pan
          • Small Stainless Steel Saucepan
          • Blender
          • 3 Bowls

          FIRST STEP

          Take the ground Fullblood Wagyu beef sweet Italian sausage out of the freezer, and place it in the refrigerator 24 hours before starting this recipe.

          PREPARING THE WAGYU BEEF SAUSAGE, RICE, AND CHEESE MIXTURE

          In a medium saucepan on the stove, warm your chicken stock.

          Heat a large stainless steel saute pan over medium heat, and add in 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil.

          Once hot, add in the ground Fullblood Wagyu sweet Italian sausage in small pieces.

          Let the sausage brown while using a wooden spoon to break up the sausage into small pieces.

          Once the sausage is no longer pink, remove the sausage from the pan with a slotted spoon. Reserve the sausage.

          Leave the fat that rendered out in the pan.

          Then, add in the butter, minced yellow onion, and minced garlic to the pan.

          Saute the yellow onions for about 5 minutes until they’re translucent.

          Then, add in the Arborio rice, and let it toast for 2-3 minutes until it smells toasty and has changed color a little.

          Deglaze the pan with white wine, and stir constantly.

          Add in 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and a 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

          Once the wine is evaporated, add in the warmed chicken stock 1 cup at a time. Stir constantly until all of the liquid evaporates. Then, add more chicken stock.

          Continue this process until the rice has puffed up and is al dente.

          Turn off the heat, and add in the cooked Wagyu beef sausage, crushed chile flakes, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

          Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

          Spread the mixture out onto a shallow pan, and cool for 2 hours (up to 2 days) in the refrigerator.

          PREPARING THE SMOKY TOMATO SAUCE

          Heat a small stainless steel saucepan over medium heat.

          Add in 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil, and heat.

          Add in the minced shallots, and saute until translucent.

          Once translucent, add in the minced garlic, and cook for 2 minutes longer.

          Add in the diced fire roasted tomatoes, smoked salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Heat until simmering.

          Reduce the heat to low, and cook slowly for 1 hour.

          Transfer contents to a blender.

          Add the basil and heavy cream to the blender as well.

          Vent the blender and hold a towel over the hole, and then blend until smooth. This is your sauce.

          Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

          PREPARING THE ARANCINI

          Take your cooled Wagyu beef sausage, rice, and cheese mixture out of the refrigerator.

          Portion the mixture out into 1 1/2 ounce balls (a little smaller than a golf ball), and roll.

          Heat the grapeseed oil (for frying) to 350°F in a large shallow pan.

          Place the flour in a bowl, the eggs in a separate/second bowl, and the panko bread crumbs in a third bowl.

          Roll the balls in the flour. Then dip them in the whisked eggs and lastly in the panko bread crumbs. Make sure each ingredient is well coated on the balls.

          Once the oil is hot, fry the Arancini in batches for 2-3 minutes until the balls are golden brown.

          Remove the fried Arancini from the oil, and transfer them to a paper towel-lined tray to drain.

          Repeat the process until all of the Arancini are fried.

          FINAL STEPS

          Place the Fullblood Wagyu beef sweet Italian sausage and cheese Arancini on a large platter.

          Place the smoky tomato sauce in a small bowl.

          Serve the Arancini hot with the smoky tomato sauce, and enjoy!


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