Arancini are delicious fried rice balls! They are stuffed with warm gooey vegan mozzarella and served with a mouthwatering arrabbiata sauce & perfect for appetisers! There’s also an option to make them in your air fryer!
If you’re like me then when you hear “fried rice balls” you run to see where you can sign up. Arancini, or fried risotto balls or fried rice balls are just as indulgent and delectable as they sound. You’re taking your home cooked, creamy and comforting risotto that’s already perfect – I made it here if you want to check it out. Then you let it sit for about a few hours until cooled, but preferably overnight. It really marries when sitting overnight. Then you scoop that, roll it in breadcrumbs and fry it. But it gets BETTER. You also stuff these magical risotto balls with CHEESE. THEN you fry it. Uh, who thought of this? Thank you for existing.
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Anyway friends, be sure to give these Arancini a try. They pair so well with arrabbiata sauce, which is essentially a spicy marinara sauce. I love scooping some onto my Arancini while they are still hot and that cheese pull is still ever present. I’ve linked to them in the recipe but if you can’t wait here they are. These Arancini are perfect for Italian night at home, appetisers and pretty much any occasion. Put them on your list and make them!
If you don’t want to fry them, NO PROBLEM. I also included an air fryer option YAY! Finally, right? I’m happy to say these babies are super tasty in the air fryer. I just drizzle and/or use a silicone brush to brush the Thrive Algae Oil all over my risotto balls then air fryer. Let’s be honest, if they are 10/10 deep fried they are 8/10 air fried, but they are still certainly delicious and means you can still give them a try. Eat up and enjoy friends!
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AIR FRYER OPTION
Stick the risotto balls in the fridge to firm up even more.
Preheat your air fryer for about 5 minutes of 450F while it’s chilling.
Remove and drizzle each risotto ball with about a teaspoon of Thrive Algae Oil, or brush it all over with a silicone brush. You don’t want to overcrowd the air fryer container. Air fry for about 8 minutes in the air fryer. Every air fryer is different so test with one to ensure yours is fully heated through and doesn’t burn.
Remove and serve with parsley and Arrabbiata sauce (link to blog post). Enjoy!
My leftover risotto was creamy and sticky so I didn’t need to add anything to keep it together. If you feel that yours isn’t sticking together, you can add a flax egg to it and even like 1/4 cup breadcrumbs to help it all stick together.
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