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Monday's Leftovers: Risotto Balls

Monday's Leftovers: Risotto Balls

If you're wondering what to do with the rest of last night's risotto, then you're in luck. I found a simple recipe for a deep fried treat called arancini, aka fried risotto balls. They can be easily whipped up using the leftovers and a few extra ingredients. The risotto is wrapped around hunks of cheese or sausage, and then breaded and deep fried. I never said they were good for you, but man are they delicious! To get the recipe,

Risotto Balls
From Crash My Kitchen on Food Network Canada

2 cups leftover risotto
2 tbsp of fresh corn
2 tbsp of red peppers, diced
pinch of dried chillies
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups bread crumbs
2 cup egg wash
2 cup all purpose flour
2 oz Italian sausage, cooked and cooled and cut into ½ inch pieces
4 balls of cherry bocconcini cheese
Vegetable oil for frying

  1. Mix corn and peppers into the leftover risotto. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Dip the boccocini cheese in flour and form the rice around the cheese to shape into a one inch ball.
  3. Do the same with the cooked sausage.
  4. Bread the risotto balls by dipping in flour then egg wash then the bread crumbs.
  5. Deep fry in preheated vegetable oil and cook until golden brown.
  6. Remove and drain on paper towel.
Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Butter is gross, artery clogger.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
You'ew got to be kidding me...
michichan michichan 9 years
Plus butter burns so easily.
michichan michichan 9 years
They're pretty different for boiling points.
michichan michichan 9 years
Thanks for the link!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
katiejane24 that's at the CC?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Butter or canola oil, isn't much of a stretch if you think about it and you cook often.
michichan michichan 9 years
Do they fry up in canola oil? I'm out of butter.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I'm not a risotto fan. I'll pass. Thank you.
madball madball 9 years
Arancini are amazing! My favorite is a simple risotto, chilled, stuffed with a piece of steamed asparagus and a cube of mozzarella. Maybe a small piece of cured pork, like proscuitto or salami. Coat in breadcrumbs and shallow-fry. No need to flour-coat the cheese. And you could sub cornmeal for breadcrumbs for extra crunch.
Pets Pets 9 years
I love the arancini at SF's District wine bar!!
katiejane24 katiejane24 9 years
Yeah, I also have to admit that I've had a fried macaroni and cheese balls appetizer at the Cheesecake Factory...served with marinara sauce...and that it was diiiiivine. And these sound divine as well. Yes please.
mollywog mollywog 9 years
These sound SO good! I don't think I've ever seen that cheese before though, went and looked at their web page. It sounds interesting.
GirlNinja GirlNinja 9 years
Michichan - I found it. I probably can't post the url, but it's over at thepassionatecook. It's called Polenta dumplings stuffed with cheese. The only reason I haven't tried them yet is that I'm afraid of frying. O.o
michichan michichan 9 years
I'm interested in that polenta idea.
marthalilian126 marthalilian126 9 years
terry -- There's a mac & cheese restaurant near me that serves the those nuggets and I hate to admit it, but they are to die for. Absolutely delicious.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
terryt18 I'm with you on that, talk about gross gross gross!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow these sound yum!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Yummy..those look so good! Ew, but it does remind me of something I just saw: fried mac&cheese balls now available at sonic! Has anyone else seen these? I saw the ad for them and just thought, my goodness, what else?
misslarue misslarue 9 years
This sounds tasty!
michichan michichan 9 years
mmm, guilty pleasure!
GirlNinja GirlNinja 9 years
Bummer about the bread crumbs. I remember seeing a similar recipe that used polenta, though. Must go find it now, thanks for reminding me. :)
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