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Looking for some mid-week dinner inspo? Here we are sharing a mouthwatering Arancini, mushroom and smoked cheese dish. This is just one of the delicious recipes from our Basilico restaurant feature which you can find in our Summer Issue on shelves now.

Arancini with Porcini Mushrooms and Toonsbridge Smoked Scamorza Cheese


Recipe for 6 People


400g arborio rice

50g finely chopped onion

5g fresh thyme

25ml white wine

1L of warm vegetable stock to cook rice

30g dried porcini mushrooms

(rehydrated in 200ml of boiling water

and drained – keep the stock)

100g Toonsbridge smoked scamorza

cheese (grated)

50g parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper

Dry breadcrumbs


Olive oil

Vegetable oil for frying

  1. Sweat the onions, thyme and chopped porcini mushrooms in olive oil until soft.
  2. Add rice and stir thoroughly until all grains are well coated with oil, then add the white wine and let it reduce.
  3. Add a little boiling stock and 1 scoop of the mushroom stock and gently cook adding more vegetable stock as required.
  4. Cook rice for approximately 14-15 minutes, once cooked season rice and pour into a shallow tray and let cool down.
  5. Once the risotto mix is cool, add 2 whole eggs, the Scamorza and parmesan cheese and mix well.
  6. With wet hands prepare little balls of approximately 45g each and put them in a separate tray.
  7. Whisk 3 eggs and leave them aside, prepare another tray with the breadcrumbs
  8. Mix your arancini balls in the egg wash mix, then coat them into the dry breadcrumbs and chill immediately for at least 1 hour before cooking.
  9. Warm up the vegetable oil into a large pan and gently fry the arancini until golden and hot in the centre.
  10. Shake off excess oil and serve with some garlic mayo (optional) and a glass of chilled white wine.


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