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Baked Sweet Potato Arancini (Italian Rice Balls) Vegan

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“A delicious main course that is full of flavor, but minus the cheese, egg and frying pan! It is a bit messy to make, but you can make ahead and freeze. Sweet potato is enhanced with cashews and nutritional yeast to make a super savory (almost cheesy) flavor. Then it's wrapped in risotto and rolled in bread crumbs before baking. Yum!”
1hr 10mins
24 Rice Balls

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Filling:
  2. Peel, chop and cook sweet potato in microwave until soft. About 6 minutes. Mash until creamy.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all other filling ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  4. Stir together well.
  5. Using your hands, form into 24 1-inch sized balls and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Place in freezer to cool to make them easier to handle.
  7. Risotto:
  8. Saute onion in large saucepan until tender. Add garlic.
  9. Add the dry rice and stir constantly for 2 minutes.
  10. Add the white wine stir until absorbed.
  11. Add the broth 1/2 cup at a time. Waiting until fully absorbed between each addition. The entire process takes about 15-20 minutes. Season as desired.
  12. Assembly:
  13. Take a frozen filling ball and wrap the risotto around it by rolling in your hands. Then roll in breadcrumbs and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  14. Can be frozen at this point.
  15. Otherwise spritz with olive oil and bake at 400F for about 30 minutes.
  16. Serve with marinara sauce.

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