Arancini – Rice balls recipe

Arancini - Rice balls recipe

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.

Arancini - Rice balls Ingredients

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

Black Pepper

2 Eggs

Sunflour oil

 

The preparation:

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.

Arancini - Rice balls recipe

Nurture your days with simple loving food!

See you on the next recipe!

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

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67 comments

  1. Ooh yum, these look good! I’m going to save this recipe and try them, thank you for posting this 🙂

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    1. Aww thank you very much Vanessa-Jane for the very nice words and saving the recipe! Hope you will like the results! I am really happy about that! Yeahhhh 🙂
      Have an amazing weekend!
      Alice

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      1. Thanks Alice, you too! I’m not sure if mine will look as good as yours, but we’ll see! 🙂

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      2. I am sure they will be amazing! 🙂

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  2. These look divine!

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely words! Please do give them a go! It is the perfect weekend appetizer! 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  3. Looks very good!!

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    1. Thank you very much Kouzounas Kitchen, I really do appreciate!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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      1. You’re welcome. Hopefully you get a chance to check out my food blog.
        Happy Weekend!
        Cheers,
        Krystina

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  4. Ooooh! I’ve always liked these. Maybe should try and make them!

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    1. Thank you so much lizard100 for the nice words, please do give them a go! I am sure you will like the results as much as we did! 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  5. These look so Yum!

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    1. Thank you so much Nandini ! 🙂

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  6. They look soooo good.
    Leslie

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    1. Thank you Leslie for the kind words,I hope you get the chance to try it!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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      1. Will do.
        Leslie

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  7. These look really good. I really need to be more inventive in the kitchen.

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    1. Thank you very much for the nice words, you are really creative in your photography and love the way you write! Keep your amazing work up! 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  8. What a coincidence, today mushroom arancini was on the menu at my local golf club, and I wasn’t sure what they were, and here they are! I will definitely look out for them when I am there again.

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    1. Wow that is a coincidence indeed, I love the mushroom version,too. I think Arancini is one of the best appetizers because of the different textures and flavours you get from it! Thank you for the nice comment joanfrankham!
      Have a nice weekend (and mushroom arancini) 🙂
      Alice

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      1. Thank you, you too. I now look forward to trying it out, and maybe even making arnacini myself!

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  9. I absolutely love arancini- so versatile with a ton of different filling options! These look so great.

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    1. Thank you darling, I am really happy you like it! I love their versatility,too. 🙂
      I wish you an amazing weekend,
      Alice

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  10. I have always wanted to make these! Can you sub ground beef or turkey? – Kat

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    1. Thank you Kat for the nice comment, yes absolutely beef or turkey would be perfect, too. Chorizo is a flavourful type of sausage but you can substitute it with cooked beef or turkey! 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  11. Great ideas. I am going to try this one.

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words, I really hope you will like the results! 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  12. I love arancini – especially the ones with peas! We always make sure to have too much risotto for a shortcut arancini-feat the next day. Nicole

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    1. Thank you Nicole, I think making arancini is the perfect way of recycling left rice.
      Have a lovely weekend
      Alice

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  13. I love arancini. I had them every day this year in Sicily 🙂 Have a nice weekend!

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    1. You are most then welcome 🙂
      I can’t resist to eat one of them if I have Arancini in front of me 🙂

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  14. Love ALL rice balls…these look delicious…I make suppli’ for my roman hubby…

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    1. Wow I love the suppli they are delicious! Thank you Diana for the kind words!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  15. wow these look yummy. I will have to try them out sometime. Thanks for sharing with is

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    1. Thank you very much Jessica for the kind words. I am really happy you like the recipe. Please do let me know how it goes. 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  16. These look so delicious!! I have to admit I have never tried rice balls before but I think your recipe may have swayed me!!

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely words, I am really happy you find my recipe interesting to try. I really hope you will like the results and please let me know how it goes!
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  17. I am making dinner at the moment and now that I have seen your blog my meal looks extremely boring lol!

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    1. Lol, trust me sometimes I don’t even want to cook dinner, a simple sandwich is my life saver! 🙂

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  18. My husband is Italian, and I bet he’d love these!

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    1. Lol, my husband love them so much that he prepares them every month. Please do give them a go I am sure you both will like them. 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  19. These look so good, definitely going to give them a try!

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    1. Thank you very for your nice words,
      I hope you will like them 🙂

      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  20. Oh my word Alice! This looks sooooo delicious! And the shots you took are just amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe. That’s so sweet of you. I am going to try them for sure. 😀 ♥

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words Sonel I am really happy you find this recipe interesting! Please let me know how it goes! 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  21. […] don’t think I’d ever eaten these before, but as soon as I saw them on Alifemoment‘s blog, I knew I wanted to make them. I’m so pleased with how they turned out, I had […]

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  22. Delicious… I’ m from Italy and I love Arancini!!! Thank you Alice for sharing this recipe. And if you can… go to Taormina; Sicily 🙂

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    1. I definitely will have to go there! Thanks for the tip!
      Have a nice Sunday,
      Alice

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  23. Oh wow these look gorgeous, I wish I had the energy to cook again but the pregnancy is just draining me!

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    1. Aww thank you so much Leanne for the nice words. I wish you all the best with your pregnancy. 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  24. Love your page and your photos are beautiful . Thanks for stopping by my blog.. I’m still a work in progress!

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice words about the blog!
      Keep the amazing work up! 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  25. We just returned from Sicily and I loved the arancini. I will try to make them myself, this is perfect timing! 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much Alenka for the nice words, I really hope you will like the results, I love the Sicilian arancini too 🙂
      Please let me know how it goes,

      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  26. I have loved arancini since I went to Arancini Brothers in Brooklyn, NY and had arancini in 6 different flavors, from savory to sweet and am hooked. I haven’t ever made this, but really want to!

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    1. Hello Noble Homestead thank you for stopping by. Arancini is such a great recipe to make because you need few ingredients to play with and the results are amazing. Give it a go and if you need any help contact me.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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      1. Thanks, Alice 🙂

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  27. theurbanblender · · Reply

    No Italian food for me this month…but your Arancini looks very tasty. It is going into my recipe file. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice words,
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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  28. I love arancini and yours are full of wonderful flavours.

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    1. Aww thank you so much A_Boleyn for the nice comment, please do give them a go.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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      1. I’ve made arancini, just not that particular combo of ingredients. Thank you.

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  29. It looks like an yummy recipe and it also sounds delicious!

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    1. Thank you very much Annabel.
      Best wishes,
      Alice

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