Hello everyone hope you are doing well. I have been enjoying these school holidays a lot and have a lot of time to be in the kitchen to learn and test new recipes. This recipe is particularly special to me because my husband cooked it as he loves traditional Italian food and this is one of these.
Arancini or arancine is a rice ball shape filled with cheese, tomato, peas, sausage (mushrooms or any other vegetable or spices you prefer). It is the perfect comfort food as you get the creamy texture from the inside and the crispy experience from the outside plus you can fill them with whatever you want and it is teh perfect way to use the left cooked rice. Sometimes you really need for that childhood taste which in a way feeds not only your tummy but especially your heart.
For this recipe you will need:
1 Mozzarella cheese
400 gr of left cooked Carnaroli rice
50 gr “Salsiccia dura” (a sort of Italian chorizo)
50 gr of frozen peas
2 teaspoons of tomato concentrate
200 gr of bread crumbs
100 gr of plain flour
First of all, boil the peas until they are soft, then cut the Italian chorizo into tiny little pieces. After that, cut the mozzarella into pieces (the pieces should have double the size of those of chorizo). Now put the cooked rice in a bowl and add the tomato concentrate, a sprinkle of salt, the black pepper and mix everything together.
-Take a glass of water and keep it near, as you will use it to wet your hands every time you touch the rice to make the rice ball shape.
Now, roll a tablespoonful of rice into your wet palms to form a ball of your chosen size, poke a hole in the middle and fill with the peas, chorizo and mozzarella then add some extra rice to close the hole and roll the arancini until they have your preferred shape. Repeat the process to make other arancini.
The next step is to prepare three small plates each of them containing flour, one beaten egg and the last one breadcrumbs.
After that, heat the sunflower oil on a deep-frying pan, no more than a third full, until the breadcrumbs sizzles at contact. Meanwhile as the oil heats up, take each riceball previously prepared and roll them, First in the flour, then in the beaten eggs and at last on the bread crumbs making sure they are well covered. When the oil is ready cook the arancini (no more two at a time) until slightly brown and then drain with kitchen paper. And that’s it!!!
-We accompanied the arancini with a simple tomato, red pepper, white wine vinegar, hot chilli and salt sauce dip (cook every ingredient on a pan for 5 minutes and then blend everything together).
I really hope you will like this yummy recipe and get the chance to try it (my husband would be really happy,too). It is a perfect party food to share with your loved ones or just to have it by yourself (as a little treat). I am sure you will like the results as much as we did. 🙂
I deeply believe in the special power that good food give to us, that special feeling, new emotions or old sweet memories which makes that life moment very precious.
Nurture your days with simple loving food!
See you on the next recipe!