Arancini Rice Balls Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Arancini Rice Balls Stuffed with Goat Cheese

John Smith

(Makes 14-16 oversized golf ball size Arancini)

Ingredients

5 cups cooked arborio, Carnaroli, green bamboo or any other starchy rice (not long grain white, such as Uncle Ben’s) – Cooked in chicken stock

1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

1 tablespoon minced garlic

½ cup finely chopped red onion

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded Manchego Cheese

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper

1 small log fresh Chevre  -(make 14-16)  nickel size balls of this cheese

 

To roll the rice balls:

All-Purpose Flour

2 eggs

2-3 cups Panko  breadcrumbs

Italian Classic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for frying

 

 

  1. Cook rice till just over done using chicken stock instead of water.  Drain and allow to cool completely.

 

  1. Combine the pine nuts, garlic, onion, parmesan, Manchego and herbs; set aside.

 

  1. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, then stir in the cooled rice, the pine nut, cheese, garlic, onion and herb mixture and salt & pepper.

 

  1. Scoop 14-16 balls that are the size of oversized golf balls. Take one ball at a time in one hand and flatten out and then place one piece of Fresh Chevre in the center of the “patty”. Then carefully take the rice mixture and cover over the chevre and fashion into a fairly tight rice ball.

 

  1. Once all the balls are stuffed and rolled. Roll each in flour, then egg, then panko. (this can be done ahead of time and put in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight)

 

  1. Heat 1/2 olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Working in batches (if necessary), but a 12 inch pan should hold all the Arancini at once, fry the rice balls, turning until golden brown on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; and keep warm in oven if necessary.

 

  1. Season with salt and serve with Sadie’s Sicilian Tomato sauce

 

  1. Fresh Mozzarella can be substituted for the Fresh Chevre.