Favorite Recipes

4.8 from 6 votes

Cheesy Rice Balls Using Leftover Rice(Arancini)

Recipe Video Pin

Published:

Updated:

This post may contain affiliate links. See disclosure policy.

Cheesy Rice Balls
Cheesy Rice Balls

Cheesy rice balls are also known as Arancinis in Italian cuisine. It is the most popular appetizer in Italy. There are many variations of rice balls. You can make these from leftover last night rice or risotto as well.

A food lover can’t deny how unique and unusual these balls taste is. These rice balls are stuffed with mozzarella and served with warm marinara sauce. It compliments tea time sank and also a perfect appetizer for date night dinner.

The taste of these rice balls is incredibly delicious. One can never forget the taste of these cheesy balls, and as soon as you see these balls, your eyes will wide open and you will start feeling its taste in your mouth. These balls are just like a triple treat for you and your friends: crunchy, creamy, and cheesy.

Cheesy Rice Balls

Recipe Card

Cheesy Rice Balls Using Leftover Rice(Arancini)

4.8 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cheesy rice balls are also known as arancinis in italian cuisine. It is the most popular appetizer in italy. There are many variations of rice balls. You can make these from leftover last night rice or risotto as well. A food lover can’t deny how unique and unusual these balls taste is. These rice balls are stuffed with mozzarella and served with warm marinara sauce. It compliments tea time sank and also a perfect appetizer for date night dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups / 316 g Cooked Rice
  • 1 Small / 1 Small Onion (Finely Chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp / 29.57 g Bell Pepper (Finely Chopped)
  • 1 Clove / 1 Clove Garlic (Minced)
  • 2 Tbsp / 29.57 g Coriander (Chopped)
  • ½ Tsp / 2.46 g Salt
  • ½ Tsp / 2.46 g Black Pepper
  • ½ Tsp / 2.46 g Chili Flakes
  • 1 Cup / 108 g Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Cup / 112 g Mozzarella Cheese (Shredded)
  • 2 Medium / 2 Medium Eggs
  • ½ Cup / 62.5 g All-purpose Flour
  • Vegetable Oil For Frying

Instructions

  • Take a large bowl to add 2 cups of leftover cooked rice. You can also use freshly boiled rice.
  • Add one small size finely chopped onion,2 tbsp: finely chopped bell pepper and one clove of minced garlic in rice.
  • Add 2 tbsp. Chopped coriander.1/2 tsp. Salt.1/2 tsp. Black pepper,1/2 tsp. Chili flakes and ½ cup of bread crumbs.
  • The popular ingredient of italian cooking, yes! Mozzarella. Add a 1 cup of shredded mozzarella in a bowl.
  • Add one medium size egg for binding and mix well.
  • Wet your hands with water and make medium size fine balls. Repeat watering your hand before making every ball.
  • Plate ½ cup of all-purpose flour,1/2 cup of breadcrumbs and the remaining egg, cracked the egg in a bowl and whisked well.
  • Take a ball, cover it with flour then dip in an egg bath and coated with breadcrumbs. Perform this process with all shots.
  • Refrigerate coated balls/arancini for 15 minutes.
  • Heat the vegetable oil at medium-high heat for deep fry arancini.
  • Fry the balls until golden brown.
  • Serve these balls as an appetizer before a meal or with the evening tea, however, you prefer.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

If you are hosting a dinner party with different food items, go for these yummy, crunchy and cheesy rice balls with your favorite sauce. You can either choose marina or pesto, they go incredibly perfect with both.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 106kcal (5%) | Carbohydrates: 15g (5%) | Protein: 5g (10%) | Fat: 3g (5%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) | Cholesterol: 31mg (10%) | Sodium: 189mg (8%) | Potassium: 62mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 1g (1%) | Vitamin A: 160IU (3%) | Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) | Calcium: 61mg (6%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

This calculation is done by assumption calculated by an API. Please use our nutrition information just to get an idea about the recipe, consult a nutritionist if you need exact nutrition information.

Leave a Comment

Rate this Recipe




5 Responses

    • Just made these rice balls with rice I had leftover. I doubled the recipe as I had a lot of rice leftover. I omitted the coriander but added fresh parsley. They are delicious. I have saved this recipe for sure👍🏻

      Reply
    • Just made these rice balls with rice I had leftover. I doubled the recipe as I had a lot of rice leftover. I omitted the coriander but added fresh parsley. They are delicious. I have saved this recipe for sure👍🏻
      Thank you !

      Reply
    • Steps 7 and 8 are very unclear. I only realizing after mixing all 3 ingredients together what the author had actually intended. Recipe was OK but the onion needs to be sautéed or lessened because it was very over powering (I only used half a small onion and still found it too overpowering, since it’s on the inside of the ball, it’s a bit raw).

      Reply