Mozzarella Stuffed Risotto Balls

    Mozzarella Stuffed Risotto Balls


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    This is my version of an Italian favourite 'Arancini' which is a stuffed risotto rice ball in this case with mozzarella cheese.

    Serves: 18 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 small onion, finely diced
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) dry white wine
    • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) boiling chicken stock
    • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
    • 60g finely diced ham
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 egg, whisked
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 125ml mozzarella cheese, cut into 2cm cubes
    • 1/2 cup (60g) plain flour
    • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
    • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil for deep frying

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic then cook stirring until onion is soft but not browned.
    2. Pour in the rice and cook stirring for 2 minutes then stir in the wine and continue cooking and stirring until the liquid has evaporated.
    3. Add hot chicken stock to the rice 1/3 cup at a time stirring and cooking until the liquid has evaporated before adding more.
    4. When the chicken stock has all been added and the liquid has absorbed stir in the peas and ham. Season with salt and pepper.
    5. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Transfer the risotto to a bowl and allow to cool slightly.
    6. Stir the whisked egg into the risotto.
    7. In a small bowl whisk together the remaining egg and milk with a fork.
    8. For each ball roll 2 tablespoons of the risotto into a ball. Press a piece of the mozzarella cheese into the centre and roll to enclose. Coat lightly with flour, dip into the milk mixture then roll in breadcrumbs to coat.
    9. Heat oil for frying in a deep-fryer or large deep saucepan to 180 degrees C.
    10. Fry the balls in small batches until evenly golden turning as needed. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a low oven while the rest are frying.

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