Arancini (Stuffed Rice Balls) with Smoked Mozzarella

Arancini (Rice Balls) with Smoked Mozzarella

  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


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 Ball) is kicked up a notch with fantastic seasoning and Smoked Mozzarella.



  • 1 cup Sushi Rice
  • 1 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1/4 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/2 lb Smoked Mozzarella Cheese Block
  • 3 Large Organic Eggs
  • 1 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Basil Flakes
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Sage
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

For the Pesto Ranch Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Ranch
  • 1 tbsp Basil Pesto
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper


  1. Cook both types of rice according to its instructions.
  2. Chop your fresh smoked mozzarella into small cubes and set to the side. 
  3. Remove the stems from the cilantro leaves and chop into fine pieces. 
  4. In a large bowl, combine cooked rice, chicken stock, 1 egg, cilantro, paprika, basil flakes, oregano, sage, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, Himalayan salt, and black pepper. Mix together well and allow to cool.
  5. Add breadcrumbs, Panko and Parmesan cheese into a large bowl. Add remaining (2) eggs in a separate bowl. Whisk
  6. Form balls by taking a handful of rice (enough to fit in the ball of your hand), flatten to the size of the palm of your hand, then add a smoked mozzarella block to the middle of the rice ball. Form into ball and covering cheese completely.
  7. Dip the rice ball into the egg mixture, then into the breadcrumb mixture. 
  8. Add oil to pan and heat pan to medium heat.  Fry the rice balls for 2 to 3 minutes each side and remove from heat. 
  9. For the sauce, add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk together until smooth. 


Add cold water to a bowl to use for your hands to keep the rice from sticking while forming the balls. 

Feel free to adjust the size of the rice ball (the overall size and/or ratio of rice to mozzarella cheese block) to your preference.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Sicilian


  • Calories: 559
  • Sugar: 2.7g
  • Sodium: 538mg
  • Fat: 17.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 76.9g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 21.8g
  • Cholesterol: 133mg

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