Arancini Cheesy Italian Rice Balls

“My Story”

Pop Quiz!Italian Rice Balls

Do you know what the most important grain with regards to human nutrition and calorie intake?

Quinoa is you answer   Wait..? What? No! Maybe nutrition, but not calorie intake, and who eats that stuff anyway.

Let’s try this again! Let me rephrase the question. Calling all parents of young children, this should be easy for you. What grain ends up getting dispersed all over the floor during dinner time and if lucky a piece here or there gets consumed. Yes, it is the same grain that has to sit on the kitchen floor until it dries up and then can be swept away?

Now it’s easy RICE!Arancini Rice Balls

I am sure you are picturing it on your floor right now. I bet you are  thinking to yourself how you can’t wait to get even with your kids by crapping up their nicely kept house when they are in their 30’s. (Maybe that is just me, don’t judge).

Back to Rice!

Now that my kids are getting older, I am noticing that I am sweeping less rice off the floor and having more left over after dinner. Wasting food by throwing it out is a pet peeve of mine, and I am not big on putting it in Tupperware for storage. It usually takes up too much space and will sit in the back of the fridge until I see it there on trash night.Italian Rice Balls

 So.. I started to think of my favorite rice dishes and realized that their was a better use for this wonderful grain besides taking up space in the back of my fridge.

That’s it! I was going to make Italian Rice Balls and they were going to be a hit.  I laughed to myself as I thought of my family, clueless, that the marvelous dinner they were about to eat was a form of leftovers.

In the end, The Arancini Cheesy Italian Rice Balls were a huge success and a fan favorite in my household. Besides the great flavor, this dish is economical and a great way to use leftover rice.  I will make this again and consider placing the rice balls on my catering menu in the future.

Italian Rice Balls               Italian Rice Balls

Catering Tips

  • This is a dish that is a little time consuming to make but very economical.

  • Keep this dish uncovered so that it stays crispy on the outside

  • Be creative when making this recipe. Try stuffing the rice with different types of cheeses and veggies.

  • This dish works well with Marinara or a traditional pesto sauce as well.

 

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Arancini Cheesy Rice Balls
A classic Sicilian dish featuring a crispy outer crust, molten gooey cheese sweet pea mixture, and moist rice to bind it altogether This dish is finished with a roasted red pepper pesto sauce and is the perfect compliment for all your Italian style dinners.
Arancini Rice Balls
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Rice Ball
Red Pepper Pesto
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Rice Ball
Red Pepper Pesto
Arancini Rice Balls
Instructions
  1. If you are cooking the rice fresh, please put in the fridge for 2 hours or more. It needs to cool and become sticky
  2. Cut cheese in 1 inch cubes and set aside. Also, set aside 1/3 cup of frozen sweet peas.
  3. In a side bowl, mix 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk together
  4. In another side bowl, mix corn starch, flour, 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, salt and pepper
  5. Fill a third bowl with Panko bread crumbs
  6. Take a handful of rice and create a divot in the center. Put a piece of cheese and some peas in the center. (see image)
  7. Take another handful of rice and place it on top. Roll the rice into a ball. The final size will depend on the amount of rice you use.
  8. Roll the ball into the flour mixture first, then into the egg mixture and finally in the bread crumb mixture. (repeat with other rice balls)
  9. Fry each rice ball in a frying pan with vegetable oil. Keep turning until browned on all sides.
  10. Finish off in the oven 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
  1. Take red pepper, garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese and blend together in a food processor. Blend until smooth and it is ready to serve.
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