Arancini (Italian Rice Balls)

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“These rice balls have prosciutto added for the meat lovers out there. They are excellent as finger food or a light lunch with salad. The risotto used as the base for this recipe is also delicious on it's own.”
1hr 40mins
50 balls

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place stock and water in a saucepan, bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large saucepan; cook onion and garlic, stirring until soft. Add rice; stir to coat in onion mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup of the simmering stock mixture; cook, stirring over low heat until liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the stock mixture in 1/2 cup batches, stirring until liquid is absorbed after each addition. Total cooking time should be about 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  3. Stir in peas, parmesan, prosciutto, season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread risotto mixture thinly onto a large tray to cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls; press a piece of bocconcini into the centre of each ball, roll to enclose. Coat the risotto balls in flour; shake off excess. Dip in egg and then breadcrumbs to coat.
  5. Heat oil in a large pan or wok; deep fry the balls in batches until lightly browned and cheese is melted in the centre. Drain on absorbent paper.

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