Arancini (Rice Balls with Cheese) Recipe

Arancini (Rice Balls with Cheese) Recipe
Staff Writer

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These are an Italian treat — risotto balls stuffed with your favorite cheese, breaded, and deep-fried. They are fabulous! Be forewarned that you won’t stop at just one.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free chicken broth
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • About 2 ounces cheese (such as mozzarella, sharp provolone, or Monterey Jack), cut into twenty-four ½-inch cubes
  • Vegetable oil, for deep frying

Tools:

  • Deep-fat thermometer

Directions

Place the chicken broth in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, cover the pan, lower the heat, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until all the water is absorbed.

Transfer the rice to a large bowl and stir in the Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic powder, and pepper. Allow the rice to cool slightly and then stir in the egg yolks.

In a separate shallow bowl, beat the egg whites until frothy. Place the breadcrumbs in a third bowl.

Take 1 tablespoon of the rice mixture in the palm of your hand, place a cube of cheese in the middle, and form a ball around the cheese. Continue until all the rice balls are made, occasionally rinsing your hands to keep the rice from sticking to your hands. Roll the rice balls in the egg whites and then in the bread crumbs, placing them on a platter as you bread them.

In a large saucepan, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil until a deep-fat thermometer reads 360 degrees. Carefully lower 6-8 rice balls at a time into the hot oil and cook until dark golden brown, 1-2 minutes. Remove with tongs or a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. The rice balls can be kept warm in a low oven until ready to serve.

Arancini Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Arancini Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.