How To Make Traditional Arancini

How To Make Traditional Arancini
How To Make Traditional Arancini

Arancini, the traditional Sicilian rice balls stuffed with tomato sauce, ground beef, cheese, and peas are one of those quintessential classic Italian meals. Arancini are the ultimate excuse for repurposing leftover rice, and they’re easier to prepare than you might think!

Spending our summers in Italy allows for me to watch the locals prepare homemade traditional foods, and learn authentic Italian recipes. Arancini are traditionally from Sicily and consequently aren’t prepared very often in Sardinia. Believe it or not, after preparing some vegetarian quinoa arancini for my mother-in-law, she was intrigued by the traditional recipe for arancini, having never prepared them herself. We made these outside on their veranda on a blistering hot day – good thing they’re super easy and quick to prepare.

How to make traditional arancini in a few easy steps:

1) Sautée about 400g of ground beef with tomato purée (just enough to coat the meat) and add (thawed) frozen peas for the last 5 minutes to heat through.
2) In the meantime, cook about 2.5 cups of arborio rice until al dente and chop 1/2 a mozzarella (the real kind, packed in water) into small cubes.

How To Make Italian Arancini

3) Let the rice cool then add 3 eggs and 1 1/2 – 2 cups grated Parmesan and mix until combined.

How To Make Italian Arancini

4) The rice should be sticky enough to form patties but not too wet to the touch.

How To Make Italian Arancini

5) Scoop up some rice (about 1/2 cup), roll around in the palms of your hands to form a ball.

How To Make Italian Arancini

6) Place the ball in the palm of one hand and with your opposite thumb, poke a large hole in the center. Fill with a few pieces of chopped mozzarella.

How To Make Italian Arancini

7) Layer the meat sauce over the mozzarella then fold the rice over the condiment until the rice ball is completely sealed.

How To Make Italian Arancini

8) Frying prep: Coat the arancini with the egg wash then the flour then repeat again with the egg wash and the bread crumbs. Coating them twice gives a crunchy crust and prevents the oil from soaking through the rice. Fry the arancini (in preferred oil) in a deep pan, turning a few times until crispy all over or cook them in a deep fryer. You’ll be surprised at how light and crispy they are!

How To Make Traditional Arancini

Dinner was around 9:00 p.m. – a bit too late for my son to eat (besides he was already in bed) so of course, I set some aside for him for lunch the following day.

How To Make Traditional Arancini

Have you ever made traditional arancini?

 

 



13 thoughts on “How To Make Traditional Arancini”

  • Gloria Timmons 5 months ago

    Do you have a recipe to print out?

  • What do you use in your egg wash? How many eggs? Do you add milk or water? You wrote, “the egg wash” and “the bread crumbs” but I don’t see any details (unless I’m missing something). Thanks!

    • You’re right…I didn’t clarify! Oops 😉 The number of eggs usually depends on how many arancini you have. I usually start with 2 whisked eggs, then add more if needed. Same goes for the breadcrumbs and flour…about 1/ 1/2 cups each!

  • Diana Setzer 1 year ago

    Is it possible to make these in an air fryer.

    • I’ve never used one but I can’t see why not! I bake or fry these. I’d love to know how they turn out if you try them in the air fryer!

  • Lisa Montagliano-Pellegrino 5 years ago

    Thank you for the recipe, this looks amazing I cant wait to try it 🙂

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 5 years ago

      No problem…they are so easy to make and SO worth it! I’d love to know what you think of them!!

      • Lisa Montagliano-Pellegrino 5 years ago

        I will let you know 🙂

      • Lisa Montagliano-Pellegrino 5 years ago

        Just made them, they were amazing! My kids and hubby loved them. Thank you so much!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 5 years ago

      I’m so glad the entire family loved them! What did you think of the recipe? They’re not as difficult to make as they seem, right?

  • monica 6 years ago

    I LOVE your fantastic recipes! And look at those happy babies!!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies 6 years ago

      My daughter didn’t look so happy, lol! She sat there the ENTIRE time, mesmerized by those arancini!!!

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