More information about Arancini and possible variations is under recipe as always.
Classic Sicilian Arancini – Steps: Risotto, Meat Sauce, and Breading
Arancini is stuffed risotto, classically with a ragù sauce, then battered and deep or pan fried.
Risotto – make sure is it thick and the liquid is absorbed properly for shaping https://food-heritage-archives.com/2020/08/10/risotto/
- Onion sautéed in oil
- Ground Meat – your choice
- Tomato Sauce and Paste
- White or Red Wine
- Sautée onions in oil then brown the meat
- Deglaze with wine, then add peas, sauce, and paste to finish cooking meat
- You want the sauce to be the same consistency or thicker as the photo below as you will need to stuff the rice with this. If you think it is too thin, run the sauce through a sieve and add more tomato paste
- Put on a sheet pan to cool quicker
Breading – dip in flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs of choice.
- Put your risotto into one hand, flatten, and then add a heap of sauce. Cup hand to help shape into a ball, adding more risotto if needed to fill gaps. The size of a small lemon is perfect.
- Bread the arancini then let set in fridge for a good 1/2 hour at least. They are great to make ahead of time and then fry when you’re ready.
- You oil should be in the the range of 350F if deep frying, but pan fry like any other food, rotating it as needed
Serving – It goes great with tomato sauce and some arugula. You can top with crispy bacon and mozzarella or try multiple cheeses to find your favorite.
More About Arancini, and variations
Arancini has been around for at least 1,000 years, so there have been many variations throughout the years, a very classic Italian way is this Sicilian style. Although most arancini you find in recipes or restaurants is strictly cheese-based, it traditionally has meat, and cheese is optional.
Good variations to do will be to actually add cheeses inside, such as half a small marinated mozzarella ball, or fontina.
A good option for the meat is pancetta or pork jowl, or, chicharrones or cracklings.