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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 (g): fat g 7; Fat Calories (kcal): 60; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 2.5; Protein (g): protein g 4; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 11; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 230; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 25; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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