Mushroom & Shrimp Risotto
I used stock I made with Roasted Shrimp Heads. The shrimp is just simply sauteed. The mushrooms are Bunapi (White Beech Mushrooms).
This is one of my favorite mushrooms. They have a very mild taste that you can use in most anything. It's a specialty breed that Hokuto Company came up with, it's a type of Shimeji mushroom. You can find it at many Asian markets like Marukai. The reason I bought it the first time was because I thought they were so pretty and white...lol
I love Arancini (Italian Fried Rice Balls)! It's the perfect use for leftover Risotto...if you have any left over;o) It's made just like Tonkatsu with the panko breading. I stuffed the middle with Mozzarella.
I love using leftovers to make a second or third meal out of it. It's kind of a game for me. It's much more fun than just serving the exact thing over again :o)
Spaghetti w/Shredded Beef & Tomato Sauce
A friend of mine told me he makes something very similar to this and I had to try it since it sounded so good! It seems that I can never follow a recipe exactly how it is written. I usually look at at least 3 and then mix and match and then put in my own touch;o)
I used the same ingredients as Osso Buco, but used a Beef Rump Roast and braised it for a couple of hours. I topped it with Gemolata (parsley, garlice & lemon zest) just like Osso Buco...it added great flavor!
For the garlic bread, I mix softened unsalted butter (Plugra is the easiest to find), chopped garlic, parsley, Parm cheese, S & P. I slather the butter mixture on the bread then top it off with a little more Parm then stick it in the toaster oven. I don't have a microwave, so my toaster oven is my best friend...lol
Like a Minestrone Soup...
I made this soup with the leftover Shredded Beef using up the beef & tomato sauce. I also added: diced tomatoes, spinach, flageolet & pinto beans, celery, onion, garlic, zucchini, corn, it's basically my 'Frig Soup ;o) I topped it with the left over gremolata & Parm Cheese.
Italian Chopped Salad
I served this with the soup, it wasn't as good as some restaurant versions, but it was pretty good! I think I'd rather just eat it at a restaurant, it takes a lot of time to chop everything up...lol Ingredients were: Red Leaf Lettuce, Tomato, Salami, Provolone, Celery, Parmesan, Treviso (a racicchio that's shaped like a Belgian Endive), Red Onion, Hearts of Palm (my fav!), & Garbanzo Beans...I think that's it.. Again, not very traditional;o) I made a simple Vinaigrette Dressing to go with it.