Arancini (rice balls)

I have wanted to try to make Arancini, which are Italian fried rice balls, for a while now and I had some left over rice from a previous meal.

Most recipes call for bread crumbs and eggs to bind the rice and make a ball. I didn’t have any bread crumbs so I substituted flour to help the egg bind the rice. You can also try different types of cheese depending on the flavor you wish.

They were great with a sweet and cheesy flavor! I am not a frying fan because of the mess and smell in the house so I tried baking a few, too. The baked Arancini were just as good but didn’t have the crispy shell that the fried balls had. I will have to play around with the recipe more in the future!

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Arancini (fried rice balls)

2 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup shredded cheese ( I used mozzarella)
1/4 cup flour
2 eggs

Place a heavy pot on medium high heat and add enough oil to about 4 inches deep for frying. If you have a deep fryer that would work, too.

Combine the ingredients until just mixed. Form into a ball of about two inches. You can use an ice cream scoop. Fry until they are browned to your liking. Be very careful to use a slotted spoon or spatula to slowly place them in the oil and carefully remove them when they are done. Allow them to cool on paper towels before eating.

Tip: Oil your hands to prevent the mixture from sticking your hands.

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The below Arancini were baked at 400f for about 20 to 30 minutes but they never became as crispy as the fried arancini but were just as cheesy and flavorful.

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14 responses to “Arancini (rice balls)

  1. MMMM,!! tasty bites,’.’Yum Yum yummmm. 😀

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  2. Baking them is such an interesting idea – I love them fried though. Such a simple recipe but they pack a lot of flavor!

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  3. kitchenriffs

    I’ve never made these! And should, because I really like them. I do fry, but usually don’t in the winter when the windows all need to stay shut. I gotta put these on my list, though. Really nice — thanks.

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  4. These look divine. Bravo for using two methods for comparison. I really do feel guilty after frying, but sometimes you have to just do it.

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  5. I love eating arancini but I’ve never made them! I’ll probably be thinking about them all day now thanks to your recipe!

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  6. Love arancini but have never made them myself. Thanks for the tip about oiling your hands. 🙂

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  7. Oh wow! I wouldn’t have thought that something so easy could look quite that decadent. I always go crazy with the mix-ins and seasonings on the rare occasion that I do splurge on arancini, but you’ve proved here yet again that simpler is almost always better.

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