Arancini Balls

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These Arancini balls are delicious, crispy, deep fried Italian balls of rice with a meat sauce and two cheese cheese filling and crunchy breadcrumb coating.
With a soft interior and crunchy outer, these balls are so tasty it is worth your time to make them.

These easy-to-make arancini balls are so versatile and great for party finger food, appetisers, and even as a main.
You can serve them on their own or stuff them with different fillings like chicken, shrimp, crab, or even!

These crisp, golden rounded nuggets exploding in flavour are typically served as a snack or street food throughout Sicily.

Arancini Balls Recipe | Recipe For Arancini Balls | Rice Arancini Balls
Yield: Yield: 30 small Balls

Arancini Balls Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This easy step-by-step arancini balls recipe shows you how to make arancini from scratch.

These cheesy balls of risotto with a crunchy crumb coating make an excellent finger food or light lunch with salad.

Ingredients

Risotto

  • 1½ cups Arborio rice (uncooked)
  • 3¼ cups cold water
  • 2 stock cubes. (Vegetable)
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Arancini

  • 250 grams lean minced beef
  • 2 or 3 eggs, whisked with a fork.
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt, Pepper to taste

Coating

  • Flour
  • Egg wash (1 egg to 1 Tbsp water)
  • Bread Crumbs (Plain)
  • Oil for deep frying

Instructions

Risotto

  1. Put the rice in a heavy bottom saute pan, and add cold water, stock cubes, and the 1 Tbsp of butter.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Immediately, give one stir and cover.
  4. Turn the heat to low. (As low as possible) Leave the pan on the burner for 20 minutes without stirring or opening the pan.
  5. After 20 minutes, open pan, and fluff rice with a fork.
    Rice for this dish should be slightly sticky.
    If rice is too dry or fluffy, add a tablespoon of water, and place back on low heat for a few more minutes.
  6. When rice is thoroughly cooked and sticky, let covered pan cool to room temperature.

Cook The Meat

  1. While rice is cooling, cook minced beef in an open Frypan until it is thoroughly cooked.
  2. Crumble cooked minced beef finely.
  3. Drain cooked meat in a colander and discard fat.

Combine Everything

  1. Mix cooled rice, meat, cheeses, and melted butter.
  2. Taste mixture and correct seasonings by adding salt and pepper to taste.
    (I use a lot of pepper, some people add a little oregano here.)
  3. Add beaten eggs, and then mix thoroughly.
    You want the mixture to be about the consistency of play dough, albeit lumpy.

Mold Yor Arancini Balls

  1. Mold the mixture into small balls, about 3cm / 1½ inches in diameter.
    You will need to have wet hands to do this.
    If you've ever made meatballs, the process is similar, but you kind of have to press the rice to make it hold together.
  2. Let the finished balls sit out for 15 minutes or so to firm up.
  3. Roll the rice balls in flour, then egg wash, then breadcrumbs.
  4. Again, let sit out for a few minutes for the coating to firm up on the rice balls.
  5. Preheat oil in deep fryer to 150-170℃ / 300-325℉.
  6. Preheat oven to 180℃ / 350℉.
  7. Fry the rice balls a few at a time, until very lightly coloured.
  8. Place fried rice balls on a lightly greased baking tray.
  9. When all the rice balls are fried, bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or so.
    This is to make sure that the egg is completely cooked, and to prevent salmonella poisoning.
  10. Serve.

Notes

There is not as much work as it appears to be.
Cooking the rice is largely unattended, and a batch normally takes me an hour, once the rice is cool.

Rice balls can be refrigerated for 3 - 4 days, re-heated in the oven and served warm.

Arancini Filling Ideas


Our recipe is very versatile in the way that you can fill them with a host of fillings from mozzarella to roast vegies and various meats.
This means they can be made to suit any taste.

Here are some examples of arancini filling ideas.

  1. Mushroom Arancini

    1. In the risotto - substitute vegetable stock cubes for chicken.
    2. In the Arancini - substitute the minced beef with 300 grams of diced mushrooms.
      Cook in frying pan for 2-3 minutes or until softened.
  2. Chicken Arancini

    1. In the risotto - Use 2¼ cups cold water and 1 cup of white wine.
      Also substitute the 2 vegetable stock cubes for 1 vegetable and 1 chicken.
    2. In the Arancini - substitute the minced beef with chicken mince.
      Cook through. Then add ½ tsp of crushed garlic plus ½ tsp dried mixed herbs and cook off for a further 2-3 minutes.
  3. Ham Arancini

    1. In the Arancini - substitute the minced beef with diced ham.
      Don't bother cooking, just add when combining everything.
  4. Seafood Arancini

    1. In the risotto - substitute vegetable stock cubes for 1 fish and 1 chicken.
      Also add 1 Tbsp lemon juice.
    2. In the Arancini - substitute the minced beef with diced prawns or shrimp.
      Do not cook. You may want to Devein and wash though.
      Then saute 1 small brown onion, let cool and add when combining everything.

What To Serve With Arancini Balls


These deep fried risotto balls pair well with pretty much any Italian or Mediterranean style flavours.
They can be served as an Appetiser, Finger Food, side dish or main course and pair well with various other dishes.

Depending on what's inside them, you can serve with a dipping sauce, vegetables, salads, relish or pasta.
Here's some ideas to get you started.

  • Blanched Greens

    Why not serve something green with your rice balls - such as a plate of blanched watercress, or spinach, or kale, or puha along with mashed potato or cauliflower cheese.

    These easy side dishes will not only up the nutritional value but add heaps of taste.

  • BBQ Grilled Asparagus

    The crunchiness of bbq grilled asparagus is an ideal accompaniment to eat with arancini balls.

    Add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese on the top and serve alongside cheeseburger salad and some potato salad.

  • Macaroni Cheese

    Why not serve some pasta with your rice balls - such as a plate of creamy savoury macaroni cheese and a side of tossed salad.

    The flavours all mingle well and the smooth texture of the macaroni cheese with the crunch of the balls is awesome.

  • Pasta Salad

    Another pasta idea to serve with your rice balls is a good serve of Pasta salad with dressing along with some sliced, buttered cobb loaf or French stick.

    Once again the flavours all mingle well and the smooth texture of the macaroni cheese with the crunch of the balls is awesome.

What Sauce To Serve With Arancini Balls


The best dipping sauce for arancini balls really depends on ones individual taste preferences.

Here is our list of 6 popular sauces to serve with your arancini balls.

  1. Aioli Dipping Sauce

    Aioli is a tasty Mediterranean sauce made from garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice and pairs well with arancini balls.

    The aioli adds just the right amount of flavour without overwhelming the delicate flavour of the arancini.

  2. Rich Tomato Sauce

    Made with tomato passata, onion and garlic this sauce has is rich and full flavours which will take your arancini balls to the next level.
    Being a popular finger food or appetiser, having a little tomato sauce on the side for dipping is very good.

    One of the best to serve with them is a tasty homemade sauce like the Greek meatball sauce in this recipe.

  3. Bolognese Sauce

    Bolognese Sauce is a rich and hearty meat-based sauce that is made with ground beef, tomatoes, and various other ingredients.
    This sauce can be used as a dipping sauce, or you could try pouring it over the Arancini balls.

    Serve your arancini balls with a side of Bolognese Sauce and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
    Use the tasty homemade sauce like the Bolognese sauce in this recipe.

  4. Creamy Cocktail Sauce

    A rich and creamy dipping sauce is a wonderful accompniment for your Arancini balls.

    Serve your arancini balls with a side of cocktail sauce as an appetiser or finger food at your next party.
    Here is the cocktail sauce recipe I suggest using.
    The sauce adds a nice amount of tangy flavour without overpowering the flavours of the arancini.

  5. Avocado Hummus

    Avocado Hummus is smooth and creamy. The combination of flavours is superb accompniment for your Arancini balls.

    Serve your arancini balls with a side of avocado Hummus as a dip for appetisers or finger foods at your next party.
    Here is the avocado hummus recipe I suggest using.

  6. Butter Sauce

    Drawn butter sauce is a luscious butter sauce that has subtle flavourings that does not not overpower any other
    This sauce can be used as a dipping sauce, or you could try pouring it over the Arancini balls.

    Here's the tasty homemade Drawn butter sauce.

Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

1

Amount Per ServingCalories 106Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 41mgSodium 131mgCarbohydrates 8gFibre 0gSugar 0gProtein 6g

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