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Golden Risotto Balls: Cheesy Arancini Delight


About the Dish:

Arancini are Italian rice balls that are stuffed with various fillings, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried until crispy. They are a popular street food and appetizer in Italy. The name arancini means little oranges in Italian, which refers to their round, orange-like shape. This dish originated in Sicily and has since gained popularity throughout Italy and other parts of the world.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 400mg
Total Carbohydrates 30g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 8g


Ingredient Quantity
Arborio rice 1 cup
Chicken or vegetable broth 2 cups
Mozzarella cheese, diced 1 cup
Grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 cup
Eggs, beaten 2
Breadcrumbs 1 cup
Vegetable oil for frying
Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Rinse the Arborio rice under cold water to remove excess starch. In a saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer. Add the rinsed rice and cook until tender and all the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Step 2: Once the rice has cooled, stir in the diced Mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well to combine.
  • Step 3: Take a small handful of the rice mixture and shape it into a ball. Repeat with the remaining rice mixture. Roll each ball in beaten eggs, then coat with breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  • Step 4: Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large pot until it reaches 350°F (175°C). Carefully drop the coated rice balls into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Step 5: Serve the arancini hot as an appetizer or as a main dish with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

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