One of my most favorite appetizer dishes is none other than Arancini, or more commonly known as stuffed rice balls. This is a dish of little Sicilian or Italian Rice Balls that are usually filled in the center with a creamy cheese or meat sauce ragù, then breaded and fried. They’re reminiscent of little orange balls.

Arancina means “little orange” in Italian and thus.. hence, we have these little “orange” balls of stuffed rice bursting with flavor. For this recipe I used Mushroom Risotto that was leftover from the prior days dinner.

Served with a tasty marinara sauce and topped with fresh Parmesan Cheese and fresh basil

18aThe cheese of choice for these delectable morsels was Havarti. Of course choose the cheese or cheese combination of your liking

zootooPrepare your rice or risotto per package instructions. Allow it to cool completely

shroomzI had on hand some very nice looking Shiitake mushrooms. I greatly enjoy the taste of these east Asian mushrooms. I add them at the end of cooking the risotto as I want them to retain texture and firmness

3Take a scoop or risotto or rice–about 2 Tbsps full and flatten out a tad in the palm of your hand

4Place your cheese of choice, or ragù in the center of the risotto and fold it over using your palms to make a ball

7aOh, they look so nice. Can you spot the shiitake mushrooms and orange bell pepper?

8aRoll them in the flour

10aA little dip in beaten eggs

11aCoat with seasoned Panko bread crumbs. I seasoned the bread crumbs with parsley, pepper, a little onion & garlic powder

12aOut of the bread crumbs and into the 350 oil frying pot

13aFry a few at time until nicely golden

14aPlace on paper towels to drain off excess oil

16aAdd a touch of parsley, fresh basil, and Parmesan cheese and that’s it!

17aA very delicious appetizer or snack — Arancini

22aThat Harvarti cheese tho…


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tania
    Apr 11, 2016 @ 04:01:19

    I really must remember to try this with my leftover risotto!


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