Arancini Di Riso E Piselli

Arancini Di Riso E Piselli/Fried rice and peas.

Arancini Di Riso E PiselliRisotto should be made at least 2-3 hours before making the Arancini Di Riso E Piselli.

First make the risotto.  It is pretty easy to do.

Risotto

1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 ¾-4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

  • In a microwave safe bowl, cook peas with 2 tablespoons water in the microwave for 1 minute-set aside
  • In a heavy 2 1/2 quart saucepan, sauté onions in oil and melted butter for 3 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  • Add rice and stir for about 2 minutes
  • Stir in the 1/4 cup of wine and 3/4 cup of broth (if not using wine add a full cup of broth). Continue cooking and stirring until liquid is absorbed.
  • Gradually stir in remaining broth 1 cup at a time, cooking and stirring until liquid is absorbed before adding the next cup. Continue cooking and stirring until the rice is creamy and tender, about 30-35 minutes
  • Remove from heat. Stir in drained peas and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate until chilled, for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.

risotto

risotto

After the risotto is cooled you are ready to make the rice balls.

Arancini Di Riso E Piselli

Makes 12-15 balls

1 large egg
Dry bread crumbs
Small amount of mozzarella cut into small cubes
Vegetable oil

    • Into a small bowl, beat the egg.
    • In another bowl or plate add bread crumbs. I used Italian flavored, but you can certainly use plain bread crumbs.
    • Shape portions of the rice into tight balls, poke a hole and add a piece of mozzarella cheese. Re-roll hiding the cheese in the middle.

arancini

  • Dip rice ball into egg mixture (coating all sides), then into the bread crumbs. Hold each coated ball onto a piece of waxed paper until ready to fry.
  • Heat 3 inches of oil in heavy large saucepan to 350° over medium-high heat. Carefully drop 2-3 rice ball into hot oil and brown on all sides turning if necessary.
  • With a large slotted spoon, transfer the rice balls onto paper towels to drain. Season with salt, let rest for a couple of minutes before eating.

Arancini Di Riso E Piselli

Delizioso!

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