Arancini Rice Balls

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Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep
55 mins
Cook
30 mins

We recently spent 2 weeks on Sicily - 1 in a 15th century renovated winery on the slopes of Mt. Etna, and 1 on the north coast, overlooking a Med. type scene. Earlier we had been invited to dinner with the family of a new friend, where all the women gathered to teach us how to make Arancini !! This recipe is from a book I bought there --"Fragrances and Flavors of Sicilian Cuisine", since no one in the group had sufficient common language skills to accurately copy their recipe. It IS labor intensive -- but just wonderful ! I copied the measurements as listed and did not attempt to convert.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Scald tomatoes in boiling water, drain, peel, and seed them.
  2. Chop pulp.
  3. Chop onions finely.
  4. Dice provolone and mozzerella.
  5. Place 2 Tbsp oil in pan, add 1/2 chopped onion and let it sweat without browning.
  6. Add ground beef and let it brown through.
  7. Add 3 ounces white wine and let evaporate on high heat.
  8. Flavor with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  9. Cover pan and cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. Place remaining oil in another pan with 1/2 cup chopped onion and let it sweat without browning.
  11. Add peas and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Flavor with salt and pepper.
  13. Pour in a ladle of water and allow to cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.
  14. Remove mixture from heat, pour in a bowl and allow to cool.
  15. Add cooked meat. chopped provolone, and mozzarella cheeses, and chopped tomatoes.
  16. Place 30 g butter in a pot, add remaining chopped onion and let it sweat without browning.
  17. Add rice, cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring with wooden spoon.
  18. Pour in remaining white wine, and let it evaporate on high heat.
  19. Add stock a little at a time, cooking on medium heat for 10-15 miutes, stirring occasionally.
  20. Take risotto off heat and add remaining butter, grated parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, and a pinch of salt.
  21. Stir with wooden spoon til ingredients are perfectly mixed.
  22. Place rice in a wide dish and allow to cool slightly.
  23. To prepare arancini balls, roll rice into many little balls the size of a mandarin.
  24. Make a hole in the center of each ball and stuff with a spoonful of the pea mixture.
  25. Plug the hole with some rice.
  26. Prepare 2 bowls, one with remaining egg, slightly beaten, and a pinch of salt, the other with the breadcrumbs.
  27. Roll rice balls first in egg, then in breadcrumbs.
  28. Heat plenty of peanut oil in a pan and drop arancini balls, a few at a time.
  29. When they turn an even golden color, drain and dry them on paper towels.
  30. Serve hot.