"Crispy meatball-sized appetizers with deep fried outsides and moist herb and cheese insides." — MAXIEX
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3 3/4 cups
1 1/3 cups
uncooked brown rice
thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
mozzarella cheese, diced
chopped fresh basil
extra virgin olive oil, divided
egg whites, divided
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
dry bread crumbs
vegetable oil for frying
absolutely divine - can't go wrong with following this recipe to the letter. It is time consuming - but well worth the effort and would be sure to impress! The rice took at least 30 min to cool before I could proceed with the next step, so make sure you get the rice happening before you do anything else.
Like Nonna's except no saffron in the rice which gives it a different flavor and definately with rissotto rather than reg white or long grain rice.
While I'm sure that this recipe is great as written, there are a few "technical" things that I want to clear up. It is really known as arancini and should be made first as a risotto and then the cold leftovers used to make the rice balls with a variety of fillings, including mozzarella, ground beef or lamb, proscuitto, peas and swiss cheese. Really great, Roman style street food or snack.
I've been looking for this recipe everywhere! Thanks so much! These are just like my Nonna's, except she put peas in the middle of hers and occasionally a bit of ground beef or lamb instead of the prosciutto. I made my rice balls pretty large, and molded them into a bell shape like my Nonna's. Delicious! Thanks again!
Excellent! I have tried rice balls before and I do believe the secret to this one is that there are only egg whites in the mixture and then as coating...keeping the little nuggets all together when cooking. Easy, faster than you think.
I made these along with a bunch of other meditteranean type appetizers for an outdoor jazz concert and they were to die for. The only thing I changed was that I omitted the egg whites before rolling them in bread crumbs. They are already plenty sticky and did not need it, plus the eggwhites mostly get left in the bread crumb dish anyway.
These were wonderful, I get asked to make these on a near-daily basis for the bar I cater for. I recommend roughly shredding the mozzarella cheese instead of dicing it, and adding salt, pepper, dried basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, paprika, garlic powder, coriander, etc. etc., in small amounts to the breadcrumbs to give the coating a special flavor.
This was okay but not great. We liked all of the ingredients but they didn't have that "wow!" factor when combined in this dish. It was kind of difficult to put together and not really worth the effort. If we make it again, we'll change it, adding more garlic, parmesan, black pepper, etc.--more flavor.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Arangini (Italian Rice Balls)
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 122
** Calories from Fat: 57
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