Rice Arancini Recipe Gluten Free and Vegetarian

Arancini are a tradition in the South of Italy. They are risotto balls filled with cheese and/or meat, coated with breadcrumbs and fried.

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A bit more complicated than my Rice Balls, in Italy they are often served at buffets or dinner parties.

You can use leftover risotto, or you can  follow this recipe.

First boil the rice with vegetarian, beef or chicken stock, depending on your needs and recipe.

Then mix the rice with 100 gr of peas, 2 eggs, 50 gr of parmesan cheese and if you want 200 ml of tomato sauce

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preparing Arancini

Roll them into balls to fit into the palm of your hand.

If you wish you can put a piece of mozzarella cheese inside, and ham if you don’t need the vegetarian version.

First roll the balls in beaten eggs, then in breadcrumbs.

Deep fry them and you can warm them up in the oven just before your party.

To make a gluten free version of the Arancini, you need to substitute the breadcrumbs with a gluten free option.

This prompted me to experiment a little, so I came up with these solutions.

You can use gluten free bread or panko, however if you cannot find these in the store, you can also use:

1. Grated almonds
2. Sesame seeds
3. Rice cakes

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Rice cake mix

Riso Gallo sells Gluten free rice cake. (affiliate link)

They can be grated at home in a mixer and used instead of breadcrumbs for coating.

Once fried they are very similar to breadcrumbs and you would hardly notice the difference.

I tested these 3 options and they all had a good result.

You can choose one, or make them all to create a more colourful buffet.

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If you don't have a deep fryer, I would suggest  Magimix Pro 350 °F - Fryer (3 L, 1.1 kg, 3 L, Single, Stainless Steel, stand-alone). It was recommended on a cooking course at Rick Stein’s in Padstow, and it is on my wish list. (affiliate link)

You can find out more about it and more fried recipe here: Deep Fryer

For homemade stock see recipe: Homemade Stocks

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Rice Arancini Recipe Gluten Free and Vegetarian
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 
A bit more complicated than the Rice Balls, they are perfect for buffet or dinner parties. They are suitable for gluten free and vegetarian diets.
Course: Starters
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 773 kcal
Ingredients
For the Rice
  • 30 gr butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 500 gr Carnaroli Rice Riso Gallo
  • 1.2 lt homemade stock (chicken or vegetable stock)
  • 40 gr parmesan cheese grated
For the Filling
  • 200 gr peas
  • 100 gr mozzarella cucina cut in cubes
  • 150 gr shredded Ham optional
  • 200 gr tomatoes Sauce optional
  • 2 eggs
For the Coating
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1.5 cup sesame seeds
  • 1.5 cup grated almonds
  • 7 rice cakes Riso Gallo gluten free rice cakes
Instructions
  1. Stir fry the onion with 30 gr of butter at a very low heat, the onion should not burn.
    Stir fry an onion
  2. Once the onion becomes translucent, add the rice and increase the heat. The rice has to toast in the butter so that the grains are sealed.
  3. Proceed to cook as a risotto. The rice should be continually stirred and stock added regularly 1 or 2 ladles at a time. Cook for 15 minutes.
    Add the first ladle of warm stock
  4. An easier option to consider is adding all the stock at once, and boil the rice for 15 minutes until the stock is completely absorbed. Keep it covered and add hot water if necessary.
  5. Once cooked, let it cool down at room temperature.
    Vegetarian Rice Timbale make the risotto
Preparing the Arancini
  1. Then mix the rice with 100 gr of peas, 2 eggs, 50 gr of parmesan cheese and if you wish 200 ml of tomato sauce.
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  2. Roll the rice into balls to fit into the palm of your hand.
  3. Place a piece of mozzarella cheese inside, and ham if you are not making the vegetarian version.
    preparing Arancini
Coating the Arancini
  1. Beat 2 eggs and season with salt and pepper
  2. Grate the almond in a blender
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  3. Grate the rice cakes in a blender
    Rice cake mix
  4. Pour the 4 different coatings onto 4 different plates
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  5. Divide the balls into 4 groups, one for each type of coating.
    preparing Arancini
  6. First roll the balls into the beaten eggs, then in one of the coatings.
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  7. Once all the balls have been coated with one of the four coatings (almond, breadcrumbs, rice cakes or sesame seeds), fry them.
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  8. Eat them warm or warm them up in the oven just before your party.

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Recipe Notes

Calories 773 (455) calories per serving
Fat 25 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 62 gr per serving
Cholesterol 92 mg
Proteins 18 gr per serving
Sugar 2 gr per serving
Sodium 456 mg per serving

*Assuming 70% increase in calories for fried food
Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

 

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  10 comments for “Rice Arancini Recipe Gluten Free and Vegetarian

  1. Danielle
    16th September 2017 at 8:33 am

    I have heard so many great things about this, but never tried it myself. Maybe I should this weekend!

    • Laura
      17th September 2017 at 2:22 am

      It is not difficult, try it

  2. 16th September 2017 at 11:26 am

    These look yummy! I have always wanted to make them but never tried – your recipe makes it seem simpler than I thought it would be!

    • Laura
      17th September 2017 at 2:21 am

      yes, it is not complicated

  3. 16th September 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve seen these before but never tried making my own. These look do-able. Thanks for the recipe

    • Laura
      17th September 2017 at 2:18 am

      you are welcome

  4. 16th September 2017 at 2:15 pm

    These look amazing!! YUM!

    • Laura
      17th September 2017 at 2:14 am

      thank you

  5. 16th September 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Arancini are one of my favorites treats when they’re available at Italian restaurants, and I totally agree about Riso Gallo – I see it all the time at my Carrefour, and they do have a good range of products.

    • Laura
      17th September 2017 at 2:15 am

      Yes, I love my Carrefour

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