Five oozey balls of delicious arancini goodness. | Gourmand and Gourmet

Five oozey balls of delicious arancini goodness.

If you need an excuse to have a party, arancini is your man! Arancini (Sicily) or suppli (Roma) have been party staples since way back when. Nibble into the bite sized, fried breaded crunch, through the soft rice and hit the flavoured oozy middle partnered with a cold beer and flirty conversation, and you’ll soon see why. Here’s our round-up of our favourite arancini bites to get your party started. Arancini Bolognese | Laura’s Lean Beef You have risotto left over from yesterday’s takeaway lunch, and bolognese sauce leftover from last nights dinner. Now send the boys down to get beers and while they’re gone, roll, crumb and fry. Hey presto: instant party. Easy Mushroom Arancini | Epicurious The risotto for this recipe is delicious. Cook double the quantity the night before your big soiree and  host a pre party party, with  glasses of bubbles. The day of, roll the cold risotto around mozzarella, shallow fry and watch the ooze for entertainment. Arancini With Pancetta & Basil | A Beautiful Bite Salty pancetta complements the sweet basil, while the mozzarella makes everything a hot melty mess, all encased in a crispy rice shell. The only thing that would make this better is a big glass of red and a hot Italian. Baked Brown Rice & Saffron Arancini | Rocco Dispirito The usual method of crisping these delightful balls is to fry, which can be a sad state of affairs for those wanting to keep an eye on their kilojoule intake. Don’t let that stop the fun. Please! These little morsels are high fibre and baked. Now you you’ve freed up the calories, you’ve got two options; extra morsel or extra wine. Hard choice folks. Chocolate Hazelnut Arancini | Cooking Channel T.V. Why not go the whole hog, and theme your whole party around these delicious little balls. Here’s an almost obscene display of molten chocolate oozing out of rice pudding with a roll in cinnamon sugar. Be warned guys, these will be sure to end all serious conversation at your cheeky event. They are seriously over the top. Nims’ Tips Arancini are a mouthful of bliss, but for the time poor or disorganised they can be a logistical nightmare. Here’s your cheat sheet back to bliss. 1. Cook sushi or calrose rice in your rice cooker or stovetop as per the packet directions. 2. Fold through 1/4 cup grated parmesan, 1 flat tsp salt, 5 grinds of pepper, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 a cup of fresh herbs for every 2 cups of cooked rice. 3. Tip the rice out on to a flat tray, spread thin and pop in your fridge for about 15 minutes. This will help cool the rice enough for you to handle. 4. Take spoonfuls of the mix and roll with hands around small cubes of whatever cheese you have floating in your fridge. Yes; COON is fine. 5. Flour, egg and crumb, then shallow fry or bake until golden. I like to also put a little nutmeg and salt in my flour. These are great dipped in a warm tomato sauce that has had anchovies fried with the onions and garlic. Best served with a pale ale at your next party. nims xx