While the girls were here, we managed to feed everyone, even the vegetarians. Eustacia went back to school on Monday, so No. 1 and I set out to make dinner for the rest of us, something we would all eat. We settled on Lemon Risotto Croquettes from the only vegetarian cookbook in my vast collection of cookbooks.
It was actually so good, we saved the leftover rice mixture and made a second batch for lunch a day or two later. Yum. You'll like these.
Lemony Risotto Croquettes
1 tablespoon butter
3 bunches scallions, thinly sliced
2 cups risotto rice
salt and pepper
finely grated zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
¼ pound fresh mozzarella, diced
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups bread crumbs
3 tablespoons butter
2 leeks, halved, cut into 2-inch pieces and slivered (white parts only)
1 pound asparagus, slivered
2 big handfuls snow peas, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced parsley or chervil
Bring 1 quart water to a simmer in a 3-quart pan. In a 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add the scallions to the butter and cook for one minute. Add the rice, stir to coat, and cook one to two minutes more. Stir in ½ teaspoon salt and add the rice mixture to the simmering water. Cover and cook for 16 minutes. Stir in one egg and let mixture cool to the touch.
Using 1/3-cup measure, scoop out the rice and shape it to form an oval croquette.
Whisk the remaining eggs in a pie pan. Put the bread crumbs on another pie pan. Dip each croquette into the egg, then gently roll into the crumbs to coat. Set aside until all croquettes are formed. Generously coat a large skillet with olive oil. When hot, add the croquettes a few at a time and cook over medium heat, gently turning them to brown on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Keep browned croquettes warmed in a 300˚ oven while you work on the next batch.
Wipe out the pan and melt the 1 ½ tablespoons butter. Add all the prepared vegetables, season with salt, and sauté over high heat for about 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice and remaining butter, stirring gently to coat. Add the herbs.
Divide vegetables and sauce among plates and top with warmed croquettes. Allow three per person (we allowed two, actually, and that was plenty)