2012-05-24 / Columns

Rustic Inn offers rissole appetizer

This week’s County Cuisine recipe comes from chef/owner Aaron Ackley of the Cedar Rustic Inn in Cedar. The recipe included the following notes. “The Rissole is an appetizer-type item with both French and Italian heritage. In a nutshell, it is whatever savory ingredients that you may have on hand that are diced, cooked together, seasoned and then wrapped in a pastry dough and baked. A simple yet delicious concept.”

Cedar Rustic Inn is located at 8699 Good Harbor Trail (Co. Rd. 651) in Cedar. The restaurant is currently open six days a week at 8am (closed Tuesday). For more information go to www.cedarrusticinn.com or call 231-228-2282.

Chef Aaron’s Sausage & Mushroom Rissole

Ingredients: 8 oz. Italian sausage 2 cups diced fresh mushrooms of your choice ½ tsp. chopped garlic ½ cup heavy cream 3/8 cup bread crumbs ½ cup Asiago cheese, shredded ½ cup shredded mozzarella ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles ¼ tsp. salt pinch of black pepper your favorite pie crust recipe, prepared


CHEF AARON ACKLEY CHEF AARON ACKLEY Directions: First, saute the Italian sausage until cooked through. Add the

chopped mushrooms, garlic and cream and simmer until enough moisture is cooked off that the combination starts to thicken just a little. Remove from the pan and transfer the mixture into a mixing bowl, then cool in the fridge. With your pie crust that you have prepared ahead, roll dough out toaboutaquarterofaninchthick.Usingabouta5inch circle cutter, cut as many circles out of your crust as you can. Fold the crumbs, cheese and seasonings into your cooled sausage and mushroom mix. Using a spoon, put a dollop of the filling onto the dough circles, paint the edges with egg wash, fold the dough over to create a half circle, press out excess air and seal the edges with the tines of a fork. Lay out rissoles onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees until browned nicely. Allow to cool on a rack and enjoy hot, warm or cool depending on your preference.

Participating restaurants in the County Cuisine feature include Art’s Tavern, blu, The Bluebird, Cedar Rustic Inn, Deb’s Dish, La Becasse, The Manor on Glen Lake, Martha’s Leelanau Table, Riverside Inn and Western Avenue Grill.

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