Marra's Fried Tomato & Mozzarella Arancini (Rice Balls)

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"There are many arancini (or rice ball) recipes out there, many complicated, many just parmesan and chicken stock or milanese. I recreated what i got at school in Italy in grade 7. I love them and they are easy. If you have 2 cups of short grain cooked rice left over use them. Or if you have any tomato sauce and cooked short grain rice left over then just mix them together, and proceed to adding the mozzarella, dredge and cook. I say it makes enough for 2 but then I make them large and eat like a pig. You may get more mileage out of it."

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (596.8 g)
  • Calories 658.8
  • Total Fat - 40.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12 g
  • Cholesterol - 240 mg
  • Sodium - 1970.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 46.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.2 g
  • Sugars - 10.4 g
  • Protein - 28.9 g
  • Calcium - 619.1 mg
  • Iron - 4.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 16.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

First of all put the olive oil in a heavy saucepan on medium heat and add onion and garlic until softened. then add rice coating it in oil.

Step 2

Put 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce in a measuring cup and slowly add a quarter cup, stirring constantly until absorbed, then add another quarter cup until done (mixing more sauce and water as you go along) until you get a tender rice. This is a bit of a slow process, you want the rice to absorb the sauce before adding more. It is important to continuously stir, like any risotto or the bottom will burn. Set aside to cool.

Step 3

Set up breading station, with a bowl for the 2 eggs, whisk, a bowl for bread crumbs and a bowl for flour.

Step 4

Take a small handful with wet hands of the cooled risotto, and make a dent. put 1 cube of mozzarella in it and cover it in a circle. I admit i put large amts of mozzarella in lol. Dredge in flour, then egg and then bread crumbs. My own preference is to dredge them again in egg and breadcrumbs but that is up to you.

Step 5

Make all your arancini (means small oranges) and heat the canola or other frying oil to medium high in a skillet. Place the balls in batches, turning as each side browns. Remove and drain.

Step 6

You will hear and see a few "leaking" cheese very quickly. I take those out sooner and after draining give it 15 seconds in the microwave before serving so they totally melt the cheese without it disappearing where I can't eat it into the oil.

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