Some years ago I went to this restaurant. We had a nice meal and I remember I tried something totally new: “Timballo di riso”. It was super tasty, it wasn’t a normal risotto (that still I haven’t master it…) and it wasn’t a pasta dish. So I only managed to take a picture of the ingredients, because I finished it too quick. Since then, I had it into my to-cook list but finally I decided to try after checking some videos. This was the source for my attempt.
- Arborio rice, saffron, Béchamel sauce (milk, nutmeg, salt, butter, whipping cream, flour type 00), Vegetal broth ( celery, carrots, onion, broccoli, zucchini), Fontina cheese, ham, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, salt
- Glass of risoto rice.
- 2 glasses of boiling water
- 1 cube of stock
- 100g of butter
- pinch of saffron (or similar)
- 2 bay leaves
- bechamel / white sauce:
- – 50g butter
- – 1/2 glass of flour
- – 2 glass of milk
- – nutmeg, pepper and salt
- 250g cure ham cut in small pieces.
- 1 mozzarella ball
- chopped parsley
- grated Parmesan
- In a big pan and medium heat, put the boiling water, stock cube, butter, saffron and bay leaves.
- Once all mixed, add the rice. Let it cook at low heat until it gets dense. Stir from time to time to be sure it doesn’t stick.
- Let the rice to cool down in a try.
- Prepare the bechamel sauce. In a pan, melt the butter, add the flour. Once it is combined like a brown paste, start adding milk bit by bit. It should start to form a sauce. Add nutmeg, pepper and salt. Keep adding milk. At the end you should have a creamy tasty sauce.
- Put the ham and shredded mozzarella with the bechamel. Add the parsley.
- Add the rice to the bechamel mix. Combine everything. Add the mix into a ovenproof glass dish.
- Top the dish with a layer of grated Parmesan and then another of breadcrumbs.
- To the oven at 180C until golden on top (20 minutes)
Here we go!
To be honest, I don’t remember the taste so I can’t compare but it was good. It is like a risotto without mushrooms but with cheesy bechamel!
So again, I liked it, I enjoyed cooking and had a good lunch for the work days! I don’t need much more (enjoy my job?)