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Neapolitan rice spectacular

Sartù is a classic Neapolitan family dish for special occasions. It begins with cooked rice, mixed with egg and Parmesan. Line a heat resistant cake pan or ring pan with lard and bread crumbs, and pack a thick layer of the rice mix. The middle can filled with anything—and the more different things, the better: tiny meatballs, sausage, ragú, peas and ham is a common mix; others might add mozzarella, white fish, mushrooms, fried eggs, pasta ... There's usually some béchemel sauce on top.

Then, add another layer of rice, cover in breadcrumbs and cook it in the oven. It can be eaten hot or cold. Here's a fine recipe.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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