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Arancini Made with Leftover Risotto

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Have you ever tried Arancini? An Italian appetizer made using risotto filled with cheese, breaded and deep fried to crispy perfection. And Arancini Made with Leftover Risotto keeps the time down and you can have them a whole lot faster!

close up of arancini with a dipping sauce
Arancini made with Leftover Risotto

I absolutely love Risotto of all kinds and have been making it regularly for the best part of two decades. We enjoy all kinds like the Butternut Squash Risotto, Pea & Mint Risotto, Lemon & Asparagus Risotto and so much more. And when you have risotto leftovers, it just makes good sense to make Arancini Balls.

Why You Want to Make The Arancini Balls

  • Great way to use up leftovers – If you make risotto, you may easily end up with leftovers and this is a great way to use them up.
  • Prep ahead of time – These can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the fridge covered until frying time..
  • Delicious – They are so flavourful and just downright delicious
  • Versatile – You can honestly make these with any flavour of leftover risotto.
arancini on a plate with homemade marinara suace
Arancini Made with Leftover Risotto

Ingredients To Make The Arancini


  • Leftover risotto – for this recipe I used leftover risotto. You can always make your risotto fresh, just remember that this will add at least 40 extra minutes to the total time.
  • Cheese – I used fresh mozzarella and cut it into small cubes. You could use small pearl mozzarella as well.
  • Dry ingredients – I used both flour and dry bread crumbs to coat the Arancini balls.
  • Eggs – are used to coat the Arancini balls.
  • Vegetable oil – this is the best choice for frying the Arancini balls.

REMEMBER, The full recipe and instructions can be located at the end of the post in the recipe card.

ingredients to make the leftover risotto arancin

Instructions

There is no way around it, this is a time consuming dish to make. And if you are making the Risotto fresh, be prepared to be in the kitchen for an afternoon. When I read recipes that say “This is so quick to make….”, it isn’t.

  1. Using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out balls of rice, about the size of a golf ball. Form them into patties and lay out on a baking tray.
  2. In the center of each rice patty, place a cube or two (depending on the size) of the fresh mozzarella. Using both hands, fold the rice completely around the mozzarella making sure it is completely encased in the rice.
  3. Put the flour in one bowl. The breadcrumbs in another bowl. And whisk the eggs into another bowl.
  4. Lightly roll each Arancini ball in the flour, then dip in the egg and coat with the breadcrumbs. Repeat for all balls. Put them on a large plate or a baking tray.
  5. Pour vegetable oil into a heavy bottomed saucepan set over medium heat. You want enough oil to go up about 2 – 3 inches of the pan. The oil needs to reach about 350 degrees F/180 degrees C.
  6. Fry the Arancini balls in batches. Cook each side for 3 – 4 minutes. They will be fully cooked when they are dark golden brown.
  7. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. They are great on their own but you can serve with dipping sauce of your choice.



Tips For Getting The Arancini Perfect

  • Leftover risotto works best – It’s best to work with cold risotto when making this risotto. It holds together much better than freshly made risotto. If using fresh made risotto, let it stand a few hours before trying to form it into balls.
  • Set up an efficient working station – For these Arancini balls we are dipping them into egg, flour and bread crumbs. So you want to be organized and make sure you have everything set up before you start making the rice balls. This will make the process much easier.
  • Make sure they are sealed properly – after you add the cheese to the center, make sure it’s is completely sealed inside the rice. Otherwise, you risk the cheese coming out while frying.
  • Fry at the correct temperature – test the oil before adding a batch or arancini balls to the saucepan. Add one ball and make sure it sizzles. If it doesn’t sizzle, it means the oil isn’t hot enough. If oil isn’t hot enough when frying, the arancini will absorb the oil and they will be greasy. The best temperature for frying these is 350 degrees C/180 f
Arancini Made with Leftover Rice

Can I make These in Advance

  • Prepare and Refrigerate Before Frying – You could get them all prepared, cover them and pop them in the fridge until you want to fry them.
  • Fry, Drain and store in the fridge to reheat later – Yes, you can even fry them in advance and reheat in the oven. Simply take the fried Arancini out of the fridge and place them on a baking tray. Reheat in a preheated 350 degree F/180 C oven for about 15 minutes.
Arancini Made with Leftover Rice

What’s Great To Serve with Arancini Rice Balls

Serve these as a starter to the Shrimp Linguine in a White Wine Sauce or the Easy Garlic Mushroom Spaghetti. They would also go really good alongside the Oven Roasted Italian Green Peppers and the Garlic Mushrooms.

Close up of the Arancini Made with leftover risotto.
Arancini made with Leftover Risotto

Here’s a Few Risotto Recipes That you Could Use For The Arancini

Close up of the Arancini made with leftover risotto.
Arancini made with Leftover Risotto

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze risotto for Arancini?

The great news is, yes you can freeze risotto. After you make it, allow it to cool completely. Then you can put it into small ziplock bags and toss it in the freezer. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw completely in the fridge before using to make Arancini balls.

Why are my Arancini falling apart?

The main reason for this is that the risotto hasn’t been cooked properly. Risotto needs to be sticky to form leftover Arancini balls. It’s best to allow the risotto to cool completely before trying to form into balls.

Can you reheat Arancini balls?

Yes, just reheat them in a preheated 350 degree f oven for about 15 minutes. They will go crispy in the oven.


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Arancini Made With Leftover Risotto

Have you ever tried Arancini? An Italian appetizer made using risotto filled with cheese, breaded and deep fried to crispy perfection. And Arancini Made with Leftover Risotto keeps the time down and you can have them a whole lot faster!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack, Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: arancini, Italian
Servings: 20 Arancini Balls
Calories: 157kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Risotto you choice of which kind you use
  • 1 fresh mozzarella ball cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 whole eggs beaten
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Using an ice cream scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out balls of rice, about the size of a golf ball. Form them into patties and lay out on a baking tray.
  • In the center of each rice patty, place a cube or two (depending on the size) of the fresh mozzarella. Using both hands, fold the rice completely around the mozzarella making sure it is completely encased in the rice.
  • Put the flour in one bowl. The breadcrumbs in another bowl. And whisk the eggs into another bowl.
  • Lightly roll each Arancini ball in the flour, then dip in the egg and coat with the breadcrumbs. Repeat for all balls. Put them on a large plate or a baking tray.
  • Pour vegetable oil into a heavy bottomed saucepan set over medium heat. You want enough oil to go up about 2 – 3 inches of the pan. The oil needs to reach about 350 degrees F/180 degrees C.
  • Fry the Arancini balls in batches. Cook each side for 3 – 4 minutes. They will be fully cooked when they are dark golden brown.
  • Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. They are great on their own but you can serve with dipping sauce of your choice.

*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.

Notes

  1. Leftover risotto works best – It’s best to work with cold risotto when making this risotto. It holds together much better than freshly made risotto. If using fresh made risotto, let it stand a few hours before trying to form it into balls.
  2. Set up an efficient working station – For these Arancini balls we are dipping them into egg, flour and bread crumbs. So you want to be organized and make sure you have everything set up before you start making the rice balls. This will make the process much easier.
  3. Make sure they are sealed properly – after you add the cheese to the center, make sure it’s is completely sealed inside the rice. Otherwise, you risk the cheese coming out while frying.
  4. Fry at the correct temperature – test the oil before adding a batch or arancini balls to the saucepan. Add one ball and make sure it sizzles. If it doesn’t sizzle, it means the oil isn’t hot enough. If oil isn’t hot enough when frying, the arancini will absorb the oil and they will be greasy. The best temperature for frying these is 350 degrees C/180 f
Nutrition Facts
Arancini Made With Leftover Risotto
Amount Per Serving (1 Arancini Ball)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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