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    Arancini (Italian Rice Balls)

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    Total Time:

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    24 mins

    20 mins

    4 mins

    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    These are great with marinara sauce!

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    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • flour, for coating
    • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumb


    1. 1
      In a bowl lightly beat 2 eggs.
    2. 2
      Stir in cooked rice, melted butter, Parmesan cheese, garlic (if using) parsley, seasoned salt and pepper.
    3. 3
      Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      Roll into 1-1/2-inch balls.
    5. 5
      Press a cheese cube into each ball then reshape rice balls.
    6. 6
      Place the flour into a small bowl.
    7. 7
      Whisk 2 eggs in a small bowl.
    8. 8
      Place the dry breadcrumbs in a small bowl.
    9. 9
      Dip each ball into flour, then into the egg and then lastly into the breadcrumbs.
    10. 10
      Heat oil to 375 degrees, then fry rice balls until golden brown (about 4 minutes).
    11. 11
      Drain on paper towels.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 22, 2009


      This recipe was outstanding, just love it. However I took advice from the previous reviewers and there are a few things to succesfully do this right. When the mixture was done I covered in plastic wrap and froze for 30 min, then did the balls and froze for 30 more minutes, they came out the fridge very firm and had absolutely no trouble when friying. As the balls were a little bit still sticky, because of the egg, decided not to coat with egg, then mixed the breadcrumbs and the flour, this to handle the arancinis less time possible before frying. I homemade a marinara sauce found also here at recipezaar to come with, added some fresh salad with black olives and a wine bottle. The fact of writing this review makes my mouth waters, can't wait to do this recipe again thanks a lot for sharing

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    • on December 17, 2013

      Delicious!!! I followed the advice on freezing them and did not coat with egg or flour. They were sticky enough that I was able to roll them in the bread crumbs with no issues. I also added a little bit of sautéed onions, peppers and garlic.

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    • on August 10, 2012

      45 of my guests thought they were a little bland and needed pepping up a bit. Maybe a dipping sauce like your first reviewer suggested?
      Edited...I've made these a few times now and they always come out well. I recently didn't have the ingredients to make a tomato based dipping sauce, so I used a jar of Roasted Pepper Pesto which went with them very well. I also swapped the Parsley in the recipe for Basil.

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    Nutritional Facts for Arancini (Italian Rice Balls)

    Serving Size: 1 (178 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 621.2
    Calories from Fat 292
    Total Fat 32.5 g
    Saturated Fat 17.7 g
    Cholesterol 304.6 mg
    Sodium 812.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 54.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    Sugars 2.3 g
    Protein 25.6 g

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