Recipe

Arancini with prosciutto and peas

Arancini means 'little oranges' in Italian. These rice balls contain a delicious cheese filling and are an excellent finger food or light lunch with a salad.

  • 55 mins cooking
  • Makes 50
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Ingredients

Arancini
  • 3 cup (750ml) chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) water
  • 30 gram butter
  • 1 medium brown onion, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cup (300g) arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup (60g) frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup (40g) coarsely grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices (60g) prosciutto, chopped finely
  • salt and pepper, to season
  • 5 large (300g) bocconcini, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2 1/2 cup (250g) breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Method

Arancini
  • 1
    Place stock and water in a saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large saucepan; cook onion and garlic stirring, until soft. Add rice; stir to coat in onion mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup of the simmering stock mixture; cook, stirring, over low heat, until liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the stock mixture, in batches, stirring, until liquid is absorbed after each addition.
  • 3
    Stir in peas, parmesan and prosciutto; season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread the risotto mixture thinly onto a large tray. Cool for 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls; press a piece of bocconcini into the centre of each ball, roll to enclose. Coat the risotto balls in flour; shake off excess. Dip in egg, then crumbs, to coat.
  • 5
    Heat oil in large pan or wok. Deep-fry the risotto balls, in batches, until browned lightly and cheese is melted in the centre. Drain on absorbent paper.

Notes

Not suitable to freeze. The risotto used as the base recipe is also delicious served on its own.

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