Think Asian cultures are the only groups who enjoy fried rice? Think again. Sicilians introduced fried rice balls, or arancini, around the 10th Century and Italians have been gobbling this deep fried goodness ever since.
Traditional arancini are rice-filled balls stuffed with meat, tomato sauce, green peas and mozzarella. They are rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried to perfection. Hmmm … delizioso!
Other varieties of arancini include mozzarella-only rice balls, mushroom-filled rice balls and even chocolate-filled balls.
* Anyone know the downside to having a husband who cleans and organizes the house? He forgets where he puts your things. My camera battery charger has been MIA since the latest cleaning spree three weeks ago so I can’t offer you a step-by-step guide to making arancini. Luckily, Maryann of Finding la Dolce Vita has already done that.
Click here for Maryann’s arancini recipe. Feel free to click through her entire Recipe Box – you won’t be disappointed!
I had also planned to highlight the arancino as an “O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness” food item, but that ship has sailed. Instead, I’d like to remind you to check on the Bleeding Espresso and Ms. Adventures in Italy websites for the recipe roundup on Friday, and visit The Leftover Queen for a list of participating blogs.