If you don't have any leftover risotto - here's the basics for making one.
1.5 C short grain (arborio) rice
1 qt chicken stock
0.5 C white wine
1 small onion, chopped (~0.5 C)
0.25 C shredded parmesan
3 T unsalted butter
1 T olive oil
Ingredients ready to roll
Heat stock to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and keep hot. Melt 1 T butter in a heavy bottomed pan with 1 T olive oil. Add onions to pan and saute for 2-3 minutes, or until translucent.
Add rice to pan and saute until rice has begun to brown slightly, and has a nutty aroma.
Adding the rice
Rice toasted versus rice at the start
Add the half a cup of white wine to the rice and stir constantly, until the wine has been absorbed into the rice. Add the stock to the rice a half a cup at a time, stirring constantly, until the liquid has absorbed into the rice or incorporated into the sauce. Repeat until the stock pot is empty or the rice is done - the grains should have a bit of toothiness, but no hard center and no white "gem" in the middle. If you're making this risotto specifically for arancini, it's okay to overcook a bit, no one will notice. Finish the risotto with the remaining two tablespoons of butter and the parmesan, stirring to incorporate.
Once the risotto has cooled, mix in the following:
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 C grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 lb cheese, chopped small (I like a mix of mozzarella and provolone)
- 1/4 lb Genoa salami, chopped into small pieces
Roll the rice mixture into appropriately sized shapes - traditionally, the little orange, although I like these about ping pong/golf ball sized as an appetizer. You do not need to roll perfect spheres at this point, as I recommend re-rolling them a second time after breading.
Little spheres of yumminess
Hot oil and bread crumbs
Breaded and ready
I use the chopstick method to test my oil for readiness for cooking. Not precise, but effective enough. One thing you absolutely do not want to do is cook arancini at too low a temperature - they'll come apart in the oil, contaminating the oil, making it frothy, and generally being a complete pain.
Cook the arancini until the breading is a nice golden brown. Drain against the side of the pan, then rest on a baking sheet with paper towels to drain the oil. Serve hot, with a side of marinara to dip into.
Ready to serve
If you're preparing for later service, set the cooled arancini onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and freeze, then store in ziplocs until ready to reheat (oven, 350F, 10-15 minutes).
Into the deep freeze
Serve hot, cheesy, melty and delicious!
Ready to devour