Happy Earth Day! I will not be sharing my Earth Day treat with you until next week since I am making something for my class and we have off today. Look for that post next week! Instead I have a treat for you this Friday, I am happy to present to you my first guest blogger! Allie from All I Eat Food is one of my sister’s friends and when I first started blogging, my sister introduced me to her blog. It is one of my favorites out there, I especially love it because she does some great restaurant reviews. So without further ado here is Allie…
Hello Dainty Chef readers! My name is Allie and I write All I Eat Food, a blog where I share recipes and my experiences at restaurants I visit! Krissy asked me to share something with you so thank you Krissy for this opportunity and thank you for reading!!
I’ve always had an interest in food and cooking but it wasn’t until I started blogging that I began taking mental notes of everything I saw and heard. Whether I’m reading a magazine, walking through a city or just watching TV, recipes and restaurants are constantly on my mind. And while I often try to create new recipes on my own, I love trying recipes that are already known to be delicious.
So while I was flipping through a Food Network Magazine I saw a recipe for a Sausage and Rice Timbale. I had never heard of a timbale before but it looked so interesting that I knew I had to give it a try.
A Sicilian Supper: Sausage and Rice Timbale
You will need:
· 2 ½ cups Arborio rice
· 3 TBS butter
· 1 medium onion, chopped
· ¾ pound Italian sausage, casings removed or buy already removed
· ½ cup fresh basil
· 2 cloves garlic, minced
· ¼ cup tomato paste
· 3 cups chicken broth
· 4 TBS breadcrumbs
· 4 eggs
· 1 ¼ cups romano cheese
· 2 oz. provolone cheese
1.) Begin by preheating oven to 450 degrees and placing a baking sheet on the middle rack. Then, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add rice, reduce heat and simmer. You will need to cook for 15-20 minutes until the rice is soft. Once it is cooked, place it on a rimmed baking sheet and spread so it will cool.
2.) This next step can be done while the rice is cooking ! Melt 2 TBS of butter and add onion, cooking until soft. Once onion is cooked, add sausage and cook while breaking it up into small pieces. Then, add basil, tomato paste and garlic. Increase heat to high and cook until the tomato paste browns. Stir in the chicken broth and allow to thicken for about a half hour.
I love using Botto’s sausage because it is a local product and the company makes great tasting food! If you have the opportunity to use this brand I highly recommend it. And you’ll only need half so you’ll have some left over to use for another delicious recipe.
3.) Ok, so here comes the tricky part! This can be done while you are waiting for the sausage mixture to thicken. Grease the bottom and sides of a springform pan with the remaining 1 TBS of butter (or you can use cooking spray) and sprinkle some breadcrumbs on the pan, coating the bottom and sides. Combine the eggs and all but 3 TBS of cheese in a bowl and mix with rice in a bowl. First wet your hands so the rice mixture won’t stick, and press rice on the bottom and sides. The rice should be about a half inch thick all around. Place provolone cheese in bottom of pan and distribute evenly.
4.) When sausage mixture has thickened and cooled for a few minutes, pour onto rice. Top with remaining rice (remember to wet your hands!) and then top with remaining romano cheese. Bake for 20 minutes until brown and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
5.) Once cooled, run a knife around the edges and remove outer portion of pan. Remove bottom using a spatula and place on a platter. Enjoy!
This recipe is so tasty and unique that everyone will be asking what it is and won’t have any questions once they take a bite! Paired with a salad it is a perfect meal and although it takes some time to prepare, the results are totally worth it. Thanks again for reading!