Arancini

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked white rice, cooled
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 small cubes fresh mozzarella
  • 1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • Oil, for frying
  • 1 cup store-bought or homemade marinara sauce

Directions:

1.  Place a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat and add enough vegetable oil to rise 4 inches in the pot.
2.  Combine the rice, Parmesan and 1 egg in a medium bowl and use your hands to thoroughly combine the mixture.
3.  Form each arancini by taking a small portion of the mixture, squeezing it firmly and stuffing one cube of mozzarella inside each ball. Repeat this process to form 8 arancini.
4.  Whisk together the remaining 2 eggs. Dip each arancini in the eggs and then in the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess.
5.  Once the oil reaches 375ºF, add 2 or 3 of the breaded arancini to the pot and fry them until golden brown and cooked throughout.
6.  Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried arancini from the pot and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate. Immediately salt the arancini. Repeat the frying process with the remaining arancini.
7.  Serve the arancini warm with a side of warm marinara sauce.

Source: http://www.justataste.com/arancini-rice-balls-with-marinara-sauce/

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