Arancini Sicilian Style (Sicilian Rice Balls)

READY IN: 1hr 35mins
Recipe by Dee514

My grandmother (on Dad's side) used to make these for supper on Saturday nights. Occasionally I still make them for dinner but I usually serve them as an appetizer at parties or get togethers.

Top Review by gators mom

These are fantastic! I didn't have tomato paste so I used a can of chipotle peppers with sauce instead. I left out the cup of water and the butter. Switched the chicken liver and chopped beef for left over ham. I used the deep fryer and they turned out beautifully. Put them on a plate with a creamy dip to cut the heat...Everyone loves them. Thank you!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash rice and cook in 4 cups boiling, salted water until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, place chopped beef, chicken livers, oil, garlic and onion in saucepan and brown gently.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook 1 minute more.
  4. Add tomato paste and 1 cup warm water and cook 30 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Drain rice, add butter and grated cheese (Parmesan or Romano) and cool a bit.
  7. To this, add the egg yolks and the tomato gravy, holding aside the meat and mushrooms.
  8. Mix rice well.
  9. Make little balls of rice, place inside each ball some of the meat, liver, mushroom mixture.
  10. Dip rice balls into lightly beaten egg, roll in bread crumbs and fry in hot olive oil until golden brown all over.
  11. Can be served plain or with additional gravy.

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