Toasted Pistachio-Cheese Arancini

READY IN: 1hr 25mins




  • In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter & red pepper flakes.
  • Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly browned, 7 minutes.
  • Add the rice and cook, stirring, until well coated with butter.
  • Add the white wine and saffron, season with salt and black pepper and cook, stirring, until the wine is absorbed, 2 minutes.
  • Add the warm chicken stock 1/2 cup at a time and cook, stirring constantly between additions, until it is absorbed.
  • The risotto is done when the rice is al dente, 25 minutes total.
  • Stir in the grated cheese, transfer to a bowl and let cool.
  • Melt the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan.
  • Add the 1/2 tablespoon of flour and whisk constantly over moderate heat for 1 minute.
  • Add the milk and cook, whisking, until thickened;.season with the nutmeg, salt and black pepper and transfer to a bowl to cool completely.
  • Stir in the mozzarella, pistachios and peas.
  • Line a large baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Put the eggs, panko and flour for dusting in 3 shallow bowls.
  • Using lightly moistened hands, shape the rice mixture into 16 equal balls.
  • Working with one ball at a time, make an indentation in the center with your finger and press the sides to make the hollow larger.
  • Spoon a scant tablespoon of the pistachio filling into the hollow and press the risotto around the filling to enclose it.
  • Transfer the ball to the baking sheet; repeat with the remaining risotto and filling.
  • Dust the arancini with flour, tapping off the excess.
  • Coat them with the egg and roll in the panko.
  • In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 350°.
  • Fry the arancini over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until golden and heated through, 8 minutes.
  • Drain the arancini on paper towels and serve hot.
  • The fried arancini can be refrigerated overnight; reheat them in a low oven until crispy.