Arancini are a traditional Italian dish that has been around for centuries. The name “arancini” means “little oranges,” because the shape of the dish resembles a small orange. Arancini originated in Sicily in the Middle Ages and were served as a way to make use of leftover risotto. Over time, the dish has evolved and become a popular Italian cuisine. Today, the dish is found all over Italy in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors.
Making Arancini at Home
Making Arancini at home is a great way to enjoy a classic Italian dish. This recipe is for a classic Arancini with a cheesy filling.
- 500g Risotto
- 100g Mozzarella
- 100g Parmesan
- 1 Egg
- 2L Vegetable Oil
Kitchen Equipment Needed:
- Frying Pan
- Small Bowl
- Rolling Pin
- Baking Tray
- 10 minutes to prepare the ingredients
- 10 minutes to roll the Arancini
- 10 minutes to fry the Arancini
- Prepare the ingredients by shredding the mozzarella and parmesan, and beating the egg in a small bowl.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan.
- Place the risotto in a saucepan and heat until it is warm.
- Mix the egg, cheese, and risotto together in a bowl.
- Place a ball of the mixture in the palm of your hand, and then flatten it into a disc shape. Fill the centre of the disc with a spoonful of the cheese and risotto mixture.
- Roll the Arancini ball in the flour and then in the beaten egg. Finally, roll the Arancini in the breadcrumbs.
- Place the Arancini in the hot oil and fry for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Place the Arancini on a baking tray lined with kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
- Fresh parsley
- Grated Parmesan
For an added kick of flavor, try adding some crushed red pepper flakes to the risotto before forming the Arancini. This will give the dish a nice spicy kick.
Looking for a great Italian entree to pair with your Arancini. Look no further than this easy spaghetti and meatballs dish.