A quick and easy appetizer perfect to be served as a snack, quick bite, or a complete meal on its own, these Arancini (AKA Stuffed Rice Balls) are kicked up a notch with fantastic seasonings and Smoked Mozzarella.
Arancini originated in the 10-century by way of a food culture born of Sicilian roots with an Arabian influence. Although I kept my recipe fairly simple by adding just a few herbs, this recipe is quite versatile. Stuffing your rice balls with other veggies (like peas) and even meat can easily turn this into a completely new dish.
How to make Arancini (Stuffed Rice Balls):
I used two different types of rice in this recipe…sushi and Arborio. This combination produces a texture that is stickier which keeps everything together and secure. You don’t want your rice balls falling apart.
The seasonings are a huge part of this recipe. Because the ingredient list is simple, this is where the recipe shines. Combining the seasonings along with fresh Cilantro adds a nice fragrant flavor.
The core of this recipe, literally and figuratively — is the smoked mozzarella. I chose smoked mozzarella because of its texture and flavor. It has a soft, silky and natural milky flavor that will have you eating these rice balls non-stop. The added smokiness just seals the deal.
The rice balls are rolled in a mixture of Italian breadcrumbs, Pako and Parmesan Cheese. You get a slight crunch and a hint of sharp cheesy flavor right before hitting the extra cheesy center.
Normally, Arancini is paired with a marinara dipping sauce. I wanted to try something a little different so I whipped up a Ranch Pesto dipping sauce instead. This is very easy to put together and once you dip your rice ball into this sauce you will understand why my family loves it.
When you want to create something unique for your next game night, family gathering, or just dinner with the family, give these Arancini (Stuffed Rice Balls) with Smoked Mozzarella a spot on the table!
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