Arancini are Italian rice balls that are stuffed, coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried, and are a staple of Sicilian cuisine; they are similar to kibbeh of the Levantine cuisine.
These deep fried risotto balls pair well with pretty much any Italian-based dish and depending on what’s inside them you can serve with vegetables, salads, relish or pasta. Stick with classic Italian flavours and you can’t go wrong.
Why do people like Arancini
Praised for its unique texture – crunchy on the outside and soft and savoury on the inside – and its message of solidarity, this iconic Sicilian dish has been a surprising source of conflict within the island.
One of the biggest reasons behind the fame of this street food – normally served at bars or sidewalk food stalls, simply wrapped in a napkin to take away – is the huge gender dilemma it’s been posing on Sicilians for decades.
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Ingredients that go into Arancini
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 2 ½ cups boiling chicken stock
- ½ cup frozen green peas
- 2 ounces finely chopped ham
- salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 large egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1 cup vegetable oil for deep frying
How to cook Arancini
Step 1 : Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).
Step 2 : Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is soft but not browned. Pour in rice; cook and stir until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in wine; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated. Add hot chicken stock to rice, 1/3 cup at a time, stirring and cooking until liquid has evaporated before adding more.
>Step 3 : After all of the chicken stock has been added and absorbed, stir in peas and ham, then season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. Transfer risotto to a large bowl and allow to cool slightly.
Step 4 : Beat 1 egg in a small bowl; stir into risotto. Beat remaining egg with milk in the same small bowl. Place flour in a second bowl; place bread crumbs in a third bowl.
Step 5 : For each ball, roll 2 tablespoons risotto into a ball. Press 1 mozzarella cube into the center and roll to enclose. Coat lightly with flour, dip into milk mixture, then roll in bread crumbs to coat.
Step 6 : Heat 1 cup vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or large deep saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 7 : Working in batches, fry rice balls in hot oil until evenly golden, turning as needed. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and keep warm in the preheated oven.
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What can Arancini be served together with
- Cheese Platter.
- Radish Salad.
- Green Beans with Tomatoes.
- Pita Bread and Hummus.
- Grape Tomatoes and Basil.
- Classic Panzanella.
- Minestrone with Garlic Rolls.
- 8 Tomato Bruschetta.
Other popular Italian food
Besides Arancini, there are other Italian food dishes that are highly popular in Singapore and around the world. Below is a list of some of the most mentioned ones:
- Bagna Cauda
- Fritto misto piemontese
- Gelato (Ice cream)
- I formaggi ( the Cheeses)
- Il Tartufo (The Truffle)
- Olive Ascolante (Ascoli olives)
- Panzerotto fritto (Fried Panzerotto)
- Pesto Alla Genovese
- Prosciutto di Parma (Parma Ham)
- Sardine in Saor
- Tortelli and Ravioli