Phyllo Arancini Bundles
One of my favorite appetizers in arancini - fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs usually filled with mozzarella. Instead of breadcrumbs, I used phyllo dough, securing the top with a chive rope. These balls (ok, more like bundles) were served on a bed up greens tossed with white truffle oil and toasted walnuts. The bundles shattered through with a fork revealing a creamy, cheesy, aromatic rice and an molten mozzarella center. I also made a dairy free version for my cousin using olive oil on the layers, and soy mozzarella.
Greek Paella with loukaniko and ouzo
Paella. It was due time that I tried my hand at paella, and since there were 10 of us for dinner, it would be a perfect big festive dish to serve many. Going with the Greek twist on this rice dinner party, I used orange peel flecked loukaniko sausage and tons of tomatoes. A heavy hand of ouzo was used to spike and deglaze this Valencian speciality, resulting in an extremely fragrant dish. I made two pans so each side of the table could have as much as they wanted.
Rizogalo Ice Cream
For dessert, I had to make rice pudding, or rizolago (Greek style rice pudding), but turned it into an ice cream for an extra special treat. The rice pudding itself was inspired by Peter of Kalofagas, as I used Metaxa (Greek brandy) soaked raisins and then added additional Metaxa to increase the depth of flavor the ice cream. Everyone loved this sweet ending - it was extremely creamy and delicate, definitely surpassing the blender rice puddings I made as a child.
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