Arancini

Want a delicious and filling appetizer that can be made into a meal? This Arancini recipe is an Italian classic made of deep fried rice and cheese, a dish that you cannot resist!

Arancini

We love cheese in this household. Any appetizers that revolve around cheese win us over all day every day and there is no lying there.

We pretty much could live off of appetizers all day every day always. The more the merrier and these Arancini balls are one of our absolutely favorite ones.

If you ever find yourself like me with excess cooked rice because I’m one of those people that choose to think I’m cooking for an army instead of just a few people, arancini is one of those dishes that will easily use up that excess.

WHAT IS ARANCINI?

Arancini is considered a stuffed rice ball, which is typical filled with cheese, ragu and sometimes include peas as well. Our version of arancini is filled with melty mozzarella!

Arancini recipe

If you ever find yourself like me with excess cooked rice because I’m one of those people that choose to think I’m cooking for an army instead of just a few people, arancini is one of those dishes that will easily use up that excess.

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED?

  • Cooked rice
  • Parmesan
  • Salt & pepper
  • Eggs
  • Mozzarella
  • Breadcrumbs

I’m all about my deep fryer, like we love the thing. I now some people are really interested in being a little bit healthier so you could absolutely try to make these in your air fryer as well. 

The crispy outer coating on these encase the cooked rice and ooey gooey cheese that is just waiting for you in the center of these!

Arancini Balls

Now you know how I like to stray from traditional at times, so these bad boys can be switched up and adapted any way you like them. 

We have filled these with different types of cheese including muenster, cheddar and gouda. We have also included bacon in the rice itself and oh boy it is good!

I’m literally sitting here drooling just wanting these arancini balls because they are just that addicting. I have been able to fine them in a local grocery store once or twice but I always prefer homemade.

What is arancini

HOW TO MAKE ARANCINI:

  • Heat oil to 375.
  • In bowl, mix together your rice, parmesan, 2 eggs, salt and pepper.
  • Form portions of rice around cubes of cheese and press around cheese creating a ball shape, squeeze tightly to make sure they hold together. Repeat until all rice and cheese are used. If you have rice leftover that’s ok.
  • In small bowl whisk together your remaining eggs.
  • In separate small bowl place your bread crumbs.
  • Dip arancini in egg and then breadcrumbs until covered, repeat for each remaining ball.
  • Place 2-3 balls in hot oil until golden and heated through.
  • Repeat until all are done. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

I mean seriously how can you NOT want to make these arancini! I can’t contain myself because these are what I crave the majority of the time!

Sorry, I’m getting a little ahead of myself. This is just one of those recipes that I could always have on my go to list. It takes very few ingredients and is pretty quick to whip up! If you’re looking for a new addition to Italian night at home, give these a try!

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Arancini
Arancini
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Arancini, Arancini balls, Arancini recipe, How to make arancini, what is arancini
Servings: 10 rice balls
Calories: 150 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups cooked white rice
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 5 eggs
  • 10 cubes mozzarella cheese or cheese of your choice
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • Marinara sauce for dipping
Instructions
  1. Heat oil to 375.
  2. In bowl, mix together your rice, parmesan, 2 eggs, salt and pepper.
  3. Form portions of rice around cubes of cheese sprinkling a little bacon and oregano on top and press around cheese creating a ball shape, squeeze tightly to make sure they hold together. Repeat until all rice and cheese are used. If you have rice leftover that's ok.
  4. In small bowl whisk together your remaining eggs. In separate small bowl place your bread crumbs.
  5. Dip arancini in egg and then breadcrumbs until covered. Repeat for each remaining ball.
  6. Place 2-3 balls in oil until golden and heated through.
  7. Repeat until all are done. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Arancini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 318mg 13%
Potassium 76mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 4.1%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 13.1%
Iron 6.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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