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Spinach Arancini Recipe
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Spinach Arancini

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"Arborio rice balls with spinach and Parmigiano-Reggiano and a cube of mozzarella cheese inside are rolled in seasoned panko bread crumbs, then deep fried until golden brown for an impressive and delicious appetizer."

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Original recipe makes 24 appetizers Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. In 3-quart saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook about 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook and stir 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in rice and wine; cook 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed. Add 1 cup broth; cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until broth is absorbed. Add remaining 1 cup broth; cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until broth is absorbed.
  2. Season with pepper. Stir in spinach, butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Spread onto cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour 30 minutes or until firm. (Mixture can be refrigerated overnight.)
  3. On cookie sheet, shape rice mixture into 12x8-inch rectangle. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows to make 24 squares. Place 1 mozzarella cheese cube in center of each square; shape rice around cheese cubes to make balls.
  4. Place flour and bread crumbs in separate bowls. In another bowl, beat egg and water until blended. Coat each ball with flour, then dip into egg mixture and coat with bread crumbs. Place coated balls on unlined cookie sheet; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  5. Line platter or shallow pan with paper towels. In 4-quart Dutch oven, heat about 2 inches vegetable oil to 350 degrees F. Fry 8 balls at a time 3 to 4 minutes, turning once, until golden brown. With slotted spoon, remove balls from Dutch oven to towel-lined platter to drain. Serve hot.
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  • Recipe by Michael Chiarello for Progresso® Foods
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 25, 2011

delicious!!!!!!!! mmmmmm.. every1 loved them. crispy, yet moist, good overall flavor. it took quite a while to wait for, but it was worth the wait if you have the time. WILL make again, and next time will try and make my own marinara, cuz from what every1 else sed on here, its makes it better.. which theyre already awesome. but i bet a homemade marinara would be EVEN better!! probly more for an appetizer, or for a party or event, but every1 including picky children all loved. and so did i! once again (second time, updated) very delicious! this time, i used frozen spinach, thawed and drained; basmati rice, only chicken broth (replaced wine), and used cream cheese instead of mozz cubes (based on ingredients on hand). still hafta rate it 5.. love these! once again, so does everyone else. still wasnt able to make the marinara but theyre GRRREAT w/o. there are leftovers though (since i doubled recipe for thxgiving), and thinking about making marinara later today. will update again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 19, 2013

I really wanted to like this recipe, but the best thing I can say about it is that the finished product *looks* like it should taste good. Also, I don't know where the "ready in 1 hour 30 minutes" claim came from. I have to refrigerate the rice mixture for that long alone, and then give the balls another 30 minutes in the fridge before frying. It's more of a three-hour ordeal, and while I don't mind spending that much time preparing something delicious, it's maddening to waste a good chunk of my day making something flavorless and disappointing. The only reason this got 2 stars instead of 1 is because the risotto was delicious. I'll definitely make the risotto again, but skip all the breading and frying.


11 Ratings

Feb 14, 2011

By far my favorite thing to make. Everyone loves them! Serve with spicy marinara and Alfredo. I'm too impatient to wait for risotto to cool. Just place in freezer for 10 minutes and you're ready to roll. Keep balls separate by placing each one in a mini muffin pan. I make the balls the night before and leave overnight in fridge.

Oct 29, 2010

This recipie was wonderful! Very easy to make, most ingredients I already had in my pantry, and freezer friendly. LOVED it.

Jun 01, 2011

I made this for a dinner party and everyone raved about them! It's definitely a labor intensive recipe, but well worth the effort.

Apr 26, 2011

This is AMAZING. I have made this about 5 times--everyone keeps BEGGING for it! So so so good! I follow the recipe exactly and it is fabulous!

Dec 23, 2014

Munching on these right now - yum! Sorry to say we didn't have the branded goodies listed and we exchanged the wine for white wine vinegar (it was the closest thing I had!) they taste absolutely wonderful - thanks!

Mar 13, 2014

This does take a lot of time to make, but it's well worth it. I actually followed each step while making this except for the refrigerating part. Like a previous reviewer, I too am impatient so I put it in the freezer, cut the time in half. I would recommend using marinara sauce or some type of dipping sauce. It makes it that much better. Overall it was another hit in my household.


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  • Calories
  • 161 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 7.9 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 4.2 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 312 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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