Recipe: Arancini

So these little balls of goodness are absolutely delicious. The recipe makes enough that you could easily make them for a party where they’d be a crazy center piece and probably everyone would be impressed by them but I have to say they’re a ton of work. While most recipes call for already made risotto, the part where you make the risotto is the least work by far. Even with ready-made risotto you’re looking at a battering and breading process and then frying. To me that always produces delicious results, a ton of dishes, and exhaustion. So make these if you like getting at least 4 bowls and 2 pans dirty and you have the energy of a 6 year old at a birthday party.

Arancini
Yields 12
Natures perfect ball of fried rice and cheese.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 800ml chicken or vegetable stock
  2. 250g arborio rice
  3. 1/4 tsp salt, saffron
  4. 50g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated
  5. 150g mozzarella, chopped into chunks
  6. 1 egg
  7. 170g plain flour
  8. 500g dried breadcrumbs
  9. Vegetable oil, to cook
Instructions
  1. Make the risotto by bringing the stock to the boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add to the pan the rice, salt and saffron. Bring back up to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer on a medium heat until the stock has been absorbed.
  3. Let risotto cool completely.
  4. Stir the mozzarella into the cool rice then roll a tablespoonful between wet palms to form a ball. Repeat until all the rice is used up.
  5. In a seperate bowl, beat together the egg, flour and enough water to make a thick batter (about 175ml), and season. Put the breadcrumbs on a seperate plate.
  6. Heat the oil in a deep pan, no more than a third full, to 170C, or until a breadcrumb sizzles on contact.
  7. While you wait for the oil to heat, dip each rice ball into the batter to coat, then roll in the breadcrumbs until well covered.
  8. Cook in batches until golden brown and drain on kitchen towel.
Adapted from The Guardian
Adapted from The Guardian
Mab Made Food http://www.mabdese.net/bento/

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