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Michael Symon's Arancini

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This delicious rice dish is the perfect addition to any meal.
skill level
Moderate
time
30-60min
servings
6 to 8
cost
$
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This dish is the perfect combination of rice, cheese and meat. Give it a try today.
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ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup Sweet Italian Sausage (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup Arborio or Carnaroli rice
  • 3 cups chicken stock warmed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Cup finely grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon Salt plus more for seasoning
  • 8 ounce fresh mozzarella cut into 1/4” cubes
  • 1 cup finely ground breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying
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  • 1
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 cup Sweet Italian Sausage (about 4 ounces)
    1 cup minced onion
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup Arborio or Carnaroli rice
    3 cups chicken stock warmed
    Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Break the sausage into small pieces, add to the pan, and brown on all sides. Add the onion along with ½ teaspoon salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add the rice and toast for 1 minute, stirring with a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to medium and add the chicken stock, ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly so the rice releases its starch. Continue to add stock until the rice is tender and the risotto is creamy. This should take about 15 minutes. When the rice is cooked through, pour the mixture into a bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  • 2
    1 egg
    1 egg yolk
    1 Cup finely grated parmesan
    1/2 teaspoon Salt
    8 ounce fresh mozzarella cut into 1/4” cubes
    When the rice mixture is cool, remove it from the refrigerator and add the egg, egg yolk, parmesan, and ½ teaspoon of salt. It is easier to form the arancini with damp hands, so keep a small bowl of water nearby. With damp hands, form balls of about 2 tablespoons of rice mixture. With your thumb, make an indentation in the center and place about 1 teaspoon of the diced mozzarella in the center. Close up the indentation by reforming the rice around the mozzarella to keep it inside. You should get about 16 arancini. Store in the refrigerator until ready to bread and cook, up to 1 day.
  • 3
    Oil for frying
    1 cup finely ground breadcrumbs
    Salt for seasoning
    Heat up the oil in your deep fryer to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, coat the arancini in the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess. You want to bread these immediately before frying them so they don’t get tacky and gummy. Deep fry the arancini for 2 ½ minutes or until very golden brown. Remove from the fryer and lightly season with salt. Serve with your favorite tomato sauce and enjoy!
 
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