Arancini Balls Recipe with Tomato and Red Pepper Dipping Sauce
In this recipe i'll be showing you how to make Arancini balls with a tomato and red pepper dipping sauce that makes for an awesome combination.
- Spicy tomato and red pepper dipping sauce (optional)
- 1 tin 400g of plum tomatoes
- 200 g of jarred/tinned roasted red peppers
- 1 red chili roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoons of tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves peeled and roughly chopped
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- A bunch of fresh basil leaves shredded
- 600 g of leftover cold risotto (click the link to check out my risotto recipe)
- 3 eggs
- 25 g of goats cheese
- 150 g flour mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper
- 150 g breadcrumbs mixed with a pinch of salt and pepper
- Plenty of vegetable oil for deep frying
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
Dipping sauce (optional)
Put the tinned tomatoes, red peppers, red chili, tomato paste, olive oil, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper in a blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth then transfer to a pot.
Alternatively, if you don't have a blender, you could just put all the ingredients in the pot and use a hand blender instead.
Bring to the boil on high heat on the stove. Once the sauce is boiling, turn the heat down low and gently simmer the sauce for 25-30 minutes stirring occasionally until it the sauce has thickened. I recommend half covering the pot with a lid because the sauce can splatter a fair bit while simmering. Turn the heat off, stir your basil leaves through the sauce then set aside.
Put the risotto in a bowl.
Get one of your eggs, then separate the yolk from the white. Add the yolk to the risotto mixture and the white in a separate bowl. Mix the yolk through the risotto.
Get a bowl of water, then lightly wet your hands.
Get a golf ball sized piece of risotto rice in your hand, then push a small dent in it with your finger. Fill it with a small bit of the goats cheese, then mould the risotto rice around the cheese into a ball.
Do the same with the rest of the risotto and set aside.
Crack the other 2 eggs in the bowl with the egg white, add a pinch of salt and pepper then whisk well with a fork. Put your seasoned flour on one plate, and your seasoned breadcrumbs on another plate.
Roll some of your rice balls on plate with the flour making sure they are all coated. Shake off the excess flour then dip them in the bowl with the egg. Finally, transfer to the bowl with the breadcrumbs and coat well. Once all of your rice balls are coated, put them on a plate, then put in the fridge to firm up.
Put enough oil in a pot to deep fry, then get it on the stove on high flame. Pre-heat for about 8-10 minutes. You can test to see if the oil is hot enough by adding a peice of bread, if it is floating and bubbling you are ready to start frying the Arancini. Get some kitchen paper ready. From there just turn the heat down to about medium flame.
Carefully submerge the rice balls in the oil about 4-5 at a time, making sure you don't overcrowd the pot. Fry them for about 2-3 minutes until they go golden brown.
Transfer your rice balls on the kitchen paper to drain.
Let them cool for a bit, re-heat the dipping sauce then they are ready to eat. Enjoy!