Arancini (fried risotto balls)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of short grain rice
  • 8 ounces of Italian cheese for filling (I use goat cheese, Parmesan, Fontina,
  • and a bit of Gorgonzola)
  • 1 tsp. fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups fine bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

STEPS

Boil the rice in abundant salted water; strain and put in a bowl. Let cool. Mix cheeses and chopped oregano in a bowl. To form the balls, take approximately 2 tsp. of rice and flatten it into your hand (wet hands). Place a teaspoon of cheese filling on the flattened rice. Top with another 2 tsp. of rice and form into a ball, enclosing the cheese well. Continue with remaining ingredients, forming balls. In a small bowl, beat the three eggs.

In another bowl, combine bread crumbs and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Roll each rice ball in egg and then bread crumb mixture. Place balls on a baking sheet to be ready to fry. Heat oil in a deep pan to 375 degrees F.

Carefully place a few balls into hot oil. Do not crowd the pan. Turn balls to brown on all sides and remove to a plate lined with paper towel. Let cool slightly and serve. Balls can be kept warm in a 250 degree oven until serving time.

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