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Yields about 15

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 119

These classic Italian mozzarella-studded fried rice balls are a tasty way to use up leftover risotto.

  • 2 cups cold leftover risotto
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups fine fresh breadcrumbs
  • 5 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • Kosher salt

Stir together the risotto and egg until thoroughly combined. Put the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Roll a small handful of risotto into a ball about 1-1/2 inches in diameter, gently push a cube of mozzarella into the center, and reshape the ball, covering the cheese completely. Coat in the breadcrumbs and transfer to a plate. Repeat until all of the risotto is used.

Pour the vegetable oil into a 3-quart saucepan and heat to 350°F over medium-high heat. Working in batches of 5 or 6, fry the arancini, turning occasionally, until browned and heated through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 130, Fat (kcal): 7, Fat Calories (g): 60, Saturated Fat (g): 2.5, Protein (g): 4, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5, Carbohydrates (mg): 11, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1.5, Sodium (g): 230, Cholesterol (g): 25, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

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