Food For Thought: Social Anxiety, Authenticity, and a recipe for Baked Risotto Balls

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May. 01, 2016

This week's FoodforThought is all about Social anxiety, authenticity, and why we should never need to impress people in order to fit in. While I talk, I'll be demonstrating how to prepare my recipe for Three Cheese, Tomato Basil Risotto Balls or Arancini di Riso. I've made the recipe healthy(er) by baking the risotto balls - better still, they can be made ahead and frozen.


Chicken broth 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Tomato juice 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Extra virgin olive oil 1 Tablespoon
Butter 1 Tablespoon
Finely chopped onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Minced garlic 1 Teaspoon
Arborio rice 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Grated parmesan cheese 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Mascarpone cheese 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Chopped basil 2 Tablespoon
Fresh lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
Salt 1 Teaspoon
All purpose flour 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Eggs 3 Large
Panko 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Mozzarella balls 70 Small



1. Heat broth and tomato juice to simmering; keep warm.2. To prepare risotto, heat oil and butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant (about 30 seconds)3. Add rice and stir to combine. Add 1 cup hot broth; cook, stirring frequently, until almost all of liquid is absorbed.4. Add remaining 3 cups hot broth, 1 cup at a time, cooking and stirring constantly until rice is tender and most of liquid is absorbed, about 18 - 20 minutes. Remove from heat.5. Add Parmesan cheese, mascarpone, basil, lemon juice and salt, stirring until Parmesan cheese is melted.6. Spread risotto in a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet; cool. Meanwhile, place flour in a shallow bowl, beat together eggs in a second shallow bowl and place panko in a third shallow bowl.7. When risotto is cool enough to handle, shape risotto into 1 inch balls. Insert a mozza ball into the center of each. Roll each ball in flour, beaten eggs and then panko.8. Balls may be prepared to this point and frozen for up to 1 month. If freezing, layer balls with wax paper in an airtight container. Do not thaw before baking.9. Preheat oven to 425F.10. Bake balls in non-stick foil-lined rimmed baking sheets until golden brown and heated through, about 25 - 30 minutes if fresh and 30 - 35 minutes if frozen.


11. Serve hot

Recipe Summary

Cook Time: 80 Minutes
Ready In: 80 Minutes
Servings: 70

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 87Calories from Fat 42

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.7%

Saturated Fat 2 g10%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 156 mg6.5%

Total Carbohydrates 7 g2.3%

Dietary Fiber %


Protein 4 g8%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet