Brown Rice Arancini or Fried Rice Balls with Three Cheeses

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I love arancini which are simply breaded rice balls traditionally made with risotto.  I made these once with grits (recipe HERE) & absolutely loved them – maybe more than the risotto variety.  They froze & reheated very well, too.

Looking at my giant container of bulk rate brown rice – I thought – why not try making arancini with brown rice rather than arborio?  And so I did.  I fried mine but I think you can bake these at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes & get virtually the same (and somewhat healthier) result.



Brown Rice Arancini or Fried Rice Balls with Three Cheeses


4 cups cooked brown rice

3-4 eggs

1 tsp each of S&P

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/2 cup grated Parmesan (or grated Gruyere)

Fresh mozzarella AND/OR goat cheese – cubed

Olive oil (enough for frying the arancini – if you are frying – less if you are baking them)

2 cups bread crumbs or panko (maybe more)

1 cup flour (maybe more)

several sprigs fresh rosemary – finely chopped

additional chopped parsley as garnish

And you might was some spicy tomato sauce to serve these on.



Cook the rice & allow it to cool.

Blend the rice with ONE egg, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and grated cheese.


In the palm of your hand scoop a small quantity of this mic & press a cube of either mozzarella or goat cheese (or other cheese) into the center & add more rice mix on top.  Form into a ball about the size of a golf ball.  Place onto a wax paper lined cooking sheet & repeat until all the rice mix is gone.



CHILL the arancini at least 30 minutes so they can solidify a bit.

Pre-heat your oven to 425.

To assemble – mix the chopped rosemary into the flour.  Put the flour in one bowl, whisk the two eggs in another bowl & place the breadcrumbs or panko in a third bowl.  Dredge each rice ball first through the flour then the egg & then the breadcrumbs.  You might need to add more flour or egg or breadcrumbs to the bowls to complete all the arancini.


If frying – heat enough olive oil to reach about half way up the rice balls.  Fry in small batches, placing the finished balls on a cooking sheet in the warmed oven until all are fried.


OR – skip the frying & simply drizzle a little olive oil on the arancini & bake them all at 425 for 20-30 minutes or until the balls are evenly golden.  They might require being turned a bit.


I serve these with my easy arrabbiata sauce and extra chopped parsley as a garnish.  Again – these freeze & reheat very well.




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