Michael Symon's Arancini

8 servings
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • 1 cup Arborio or Carnaroli rice
  • 3 cup chicken stock, warmed
  • 1 cup parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup finely ground breadcrumbs
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cut into 1/4"x1/4" cubes
  • Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion with 1/2 tsp. salt, and sweat for 2 minutes then stir in the ham. Add the rice and toast for 1 minute. You want to use a wooden spoon for this process. Turn the heat down to medium and add the chicken stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly so the rice releases its starch. Taste the rice. 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 cool it down in the refrigerator.

  • Remove the cooled rice mixture from the refrigerator, and add the egg, egg yolk, parmesan, and 1/2 tsp. salt. To form the arancini, it is helpful to keep a small bowl of water nearby for your hands. With wet hands, scoop about 2 Tbsp. of the rice mixture into your hand and form it into a ball. Make an indent in the center, and place about 1 tsp. of the diced mozzarella in the center. Push the indent closed by reforming the arancini around it into a ball, keeping the mozzarella in the center, covered on all sides. You will get about 16 arancini. Keep them in the refrigerator until ready to bread. They can stay in the refrigerator like this, unbreaded, for up to a day.

  • Heat up the oil in your deep fryer to 350 degrees. In the meantime, coat the arancini in the breadcrumbs, making sure to shake off any excess. You want to bread these at the last minute right before you fry them so they don't get tacky. Deep fry the arancini for 2 1/2 minutes or until very golden brown. Remove from the fryer and lightly season with salt. Serve alongside Lipton Peach Iced Tea.

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