These are a little bit fussy to make, but worth every melting brie mouthful.
Try different cheeses in the centre, such as mushroom risotto with blue cheese.
This is good for using up last night’s leftovers, and can be made into bigger patties for an entrée.
They can also be done in advance and chilled, then fried at serving time.
Makes about 20
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- ¾ cup risotto rice
- 1 stock pod or 2 tsp chicken or vegetable powdered stock
- 2½ cups boiling water
- 150g brie, cut into small dice
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups panko crumbs (breadcrumbs)
- Oil for frying approx 2 cups
- Fresh herbs
- Sea salt
1 Heat the oil in a frying pan and saute the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes over a gentle heat until softened, but not coloured. Add rice and cook for 1 minute. Coat the grains in the oil.
2 Dissolve stock pod in the hot water, add 1 cup stock to the pan and stir until nearly absorbed, then add remaining water and cook over a low heat until rice is soft and creamy.
3 Remove from the heat and stir through half the diced cheese. Season to taste and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
4 Take a large teaspoon of risotto in the palm of your hand and flatten slightly, then place a small piece of the diced brie in the centre and wrap the risotto around it to create a ball. Chill while making up rest of mixture.
5 Coat balls in beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Chill until ready to cook. When ready, add enough oil to medium saucepan to reach a depth of 2 inches, cook the balls for 3-4 minutes until heated through (you may have to sacrifice the first one to check they are heated and the brie in the centre is liquid). Serve with seasoned salt and fresh herbs.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author