Sometimes I can't help craving a satisfying snack! Something small, something bit-size, but that will fill me right up on the go. I happen to LOVE Arancini balls! Growing up Italian, this was definitely a staple! A lot of the ingredients are easy to find ingredients that are usually already in your pantry, making it an easy go-to snack.
The best part is that they are super versatile! I happen to like adding "surprises" within. There's nothing like biting into an arancini and finding melty cheese and little bursts of sweet peas. You can also add chicken, herbs, or whatever you like! Make them smaller for appetizers and party platters, or make them larger for more of a side dish. The options are endless, but no matter how you like to make your arancini balls, they will always taste perfect ;)
3 Cups Chicken Stock
1 Pinch Saffron
1 Shallot, chopped
2 Cup White Wine
1 1/2 Cups Carnaroli Rice (Arborio rice will also work)
1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Cup cooked peas
1/2 Pound Mozzarella Cheese (Cut into 1/2″ chunks)
4 Cups All Purpose Flour
4 Cups Bread Crumbs
1.In a medium pot, lightly brown the shallot and garlic.
2. Add the rice and keep stirring to allow the rice to get a little crispy. YUM
3. Add the water, wine and saffron. Let cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. The rice should be al
4. Pour rice onto a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes, or until
5. Once cooled, transfer rice to a large mixing bowl. Form a ‘well’ in the center of the
rice and add the 6 eggs and parmesan cheese.
6. Mix with hands until everything is evenly mixed together.
7. Scoop out a handful and create a flat surface. Add a pinch of peas, and one chunk
mozzarella to the center, then fold over the edges and roll together to form a ball.
8. Once the balls are formed, in a large mixing bowl of All-Purpose Flour, completely
cover the ball. Then transfer to the flour dipped ball into your egg wash bowl. Lastly roll the ball in a mixing bowl of bread crumbs. **Panko makes them nice and crispy
9. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once heated add rice balls into
the pan and let cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. They should be golden brown.
10. Serve with a light tomato sauce
**For a healthier option, you can also bake the balls in a 350 degree oven until golden brown.
- Chef K