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Easy Homemade Arancini: Sicilian Fried Risotto Balls

Arancini, a Sicilian street cart delicacy, are fried bundles of cheese & risotto that will please any crowd.

Easy Homemade Arancini: Sicilian Fried Risotto Balls
Yes, this is an actual photo of arancini I made. They're not that hard, give it a go.

Street carts are one of Sicily‘s hallmarks. Quaint little shops, peddling everything from produce, fish, trinkets, novelties, and prepared foods. One of the best street foods you can get is arancini: a fried ball of risotto stuffed with an array of cheese, meat, vegetables, and sauce.

Arancini are difficult to find in the U.S., and chances are they are not very good—or at least not authentic. And there is a large misconception they are very difficult to make at home. Messy, maybe; but not difficult.

Generally I am cooking for Americans, many of whom have not had arancini before. Thus I often opt to make a simple cheese-filled arancini—talk about a crowd pleaser. Cheese arancini are super simple to make, easy to eat, and pair well with almost anything. They are one of my favorite things to make for cocktail and dinner parties.

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