Bomba di Riso is a traditional primo found in Lunigiana, but its origins are in nearby Emilia Romagna. It is said to come from the province of Piacenza, probably from the town of Bobbio, and is thought to date back to the 17th century. The traditional recipe uses pigeon, but other fillings can be used. This recipe uses sausage and mushrooms. I have also enjoyed a Bomba di Riso with rabbit meat.
This recipe for Bomba di Riso is from the book, Piatti Chiari, by Tiziana Falorni, the owner of Alla Piazza di Sopra in Filleto, and is the twelfth in our series of recipes. If you’d like a copy of the recipe book, it is available directly from the restaurant and in bookshops in Lunigiana. You can also buy it online at Amazon.it and other online booksellers in Italy
My thanks to talented chef, Laura Razzoli, Tiziana’s daughter, for guiding me through the recipe and providing the photos.
Bomba di Riso
Ingredients500g risotto rice
one onion a stick of celery a medium-sized carrot
a handful of chopped parsley
the juice of half a lemon
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
a glass of red wine
1-2 kg of tomatoes peeled & chopped or 2 litres of passata/chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
breadcrumbs to coat the mould
pepper, salt a large sausage a handful of mushrooms
- Cook the rice until al dente
- Finely chop the carrot, celery, onion and parsley and cook until soft and golden
- Put a spoonful of the mushrooms on one side and chop the rest into small pieces. Dried mushrooms must first be reconstituted in hot water
- Brown the sausage and add it and the chopped mushrooms to the pan
- Add the red wine and simmer until it has evaporated
- Add the tomatoes or passata, season with salt and pepper, and simmer
- In the meantime, mix together the lemon juice, parmesan and eggs and stir into the cooked rice
- When the sugo and the sausage are cooked, remove the sausage from the sauce
- Add the sauce to the rice and mix well
- Gently cook the remaining mushrooms in a pan
- Butter a 20cm diameter mould then coat it with the breadcrumbs, keeping some of the breadcrumbs aside for the top of the dish
- Firmly line the mould with three-quarters of the rice mixture, leaving a hollow in the middle for the sausage and mushrooms
- Place the whole sausage and remaining cooked mushrooms in the hollow
- Cover with the remaining rice mixture and sprinkle the top with the remaining bread crumbs and a few small knobs of butter
- Bake in the oven at 180 degrees centigrade for 45 minutes or until golden in colour
- Turn out the dish and cut into slices
- Additional sausages, mushrooms and sauce can be served alongside the bomba di riso.
Accompany with the red wine, Terre del Posticcio from Il Posticcio.
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Bomba di Riso appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 29 October 2014.