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Sticky Rice Risotto Balls

I made these sticky rice risotto balls for one of our vegan cookoffs. Everyone loved them!

sticky rice risotto balls
Photo by Jen

For the risotto

4 shallots
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp veg oil
2 cups shiitake mushrooms
2 cups glutinous (sticky) rice
1/2 cup sake, soju, or white wine
7 – 8 cups hot miso broth
1 tbsp tamari or soya sauce
1/2 cup green onion or chive, chopped
Salt, to taste

I tend to go overboard on oil when I make cookoff entries, so you could potentially half this. Heat a large, deep skillet or saucepan over medium heat, then add the shallots. Stir often with a (preferably slotted) wooden spoon until soft. Add chopped shiitake mushrooms and saute, stirring often, until soft. Add the tamari to the broth. Add the rice and sake/soju/wine; stir and let come to a simmer. Once the level of the liquid has gone down, add a cup of broth, stir, and let come to a simmer; let the liquid get low, then add another cup broth. Repeat, stirring often, adding liquid every 5 – 10 minutes, until the rice is cooked – this should take 30 – 40 minutes. Test for al dente and remove from heat. Add salt and green onion, stir to incorporate, taste for flavour, and add more soy sauce or tamari if it’s lacking.

Now you will want your risotto to cool. If you have heaps of time, you can just leave it out, but I put mine in the fridge for about an hour.

Once it’s cooled, lay out some wax paper and start forming them into balls. You can do these whatever size you like.

To stuff

I made a mixture of silken tofu, Daiya, miso, and tamari, but it might be better with some nicely marinated tofu inside, chopped into small pieces. You also don’t need to stuff them at all.

To stuff, flatten a risotto ball, put a small amount of stuffing on top, wrap it up like a purse, and close with a pinch of your fingers. Re-roll gently into a ball.

To crust

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup panko
1 tbsp sesame seeds
for the egg wash:
1 tsp ground flax
3 tbsp hot water

Mix the flax and water for an egg wash. Put the flour in a shallow bowl or saucer; do the same for the panko, but add the sesame seeds and mix. Dip each ball first into flour, then into the flax mixture, then into the panko and sesame seeds.

To fry

Enough oil to submerge your risotto balls in; you are deep frying. If you don’t want to do that, feel free to bake them. They are still delicious this way.

Heat the oil at medium until dropping a piece of rice into it sets it to rolling and fizzing. Fry each ball til it’s golden brown – BE CAREFUL – and remove gently with heat-safe tongs to a plate covered with paper towel to drain.

I served these with a swipe of creamy Japanese sesame-citrus salad dressing. This will do, or a rice vinegar-soy sauce, plum sauce, or any other dip. Eat with chopsticks or place each one on a toothpick for party-friendly finger foods.

Tofu Benedict – Vegan Breakfast Stack Cooking Video – Indian Style Curry Benny

Last weekend, I didn’t have my camera – I’d left it at a friend’s house – so when Kaylie and I started putting together this incredible breakfast, we decided to record it on video. After many painstaking hours subtitling it for the deaf and hard of hearing, during which iMovie crashed as if on a 15-minute schedule, the video is done! Voila, here’s Kaylie and I being dorky!

In this video, I used a variation on the tofu egg patty I keep talking about but which I feel nobody has actually tried to make. (That’s okay, it means you’ll come to my restaurant someday, right?)

Let us know if you want some more clarification on how we did anything in this video – I personally think K should share the recipe for those potato rice cakes.

New Mexican Meatballs

mexican meatballs

On a bed of sautéed, chili spiced mushrooms, onions and yellow peppers. Garnished with fresh lettuce, BC tomatoes, lime, salsa and topped with homemade New Mexican red chile sauce.

Since red chile (or red chile sauce) isn’t typically available anywhere outside New Mexico, a sweet chipotle sauce would suffice as an alternative.

I almost didn’t put this recipe up, but it was really too good not to share. If you can’t find soyrizo I would suggest experimenting with pressed tofu and chipotle, cayenne, taco seasoning, chili powder… That sort of thing. Everyone loves my meatballs.

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