Recipe For Baked Arancini

When I made arancini the first time, Corina mentioned that she had baked hers when she made them. As I moderate my comments, both Kathryn and Mary Frances had not seen Corina’s comment, nor had they seen each others’ asking if these could be baked. I am always up for a challenge, and decided to try and make baked arancini stuffed with cheese as part of a meal. On the Friday afternoon before I made these I went shopping with my friend Nadia. We were browsing the aisles for snack food and when I saw the vegetable crisps I decided to buy them to use for this recipe instead of making them. This was a short cut I was willing to take as I know how long it takes to form the arancini. The nice thing with baking them is that you don’t have to stand over a deep fryer and watch them or indeed fry them in batches. I loved the crunchy exterior and the gooey interior and would make these again for sure.

Baked Arancini Stuffed With Cheese
Baked Arancini Stuffed With Cheese

Baked Arancini Stuffed With Cheese
 
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Ingredients
for the risotto
  • 800mls chicken stock
  • 250g arboria rice
  • 2g salt
  • 8 saffron threads
  • 30g Parmesan cheese, grated
for the arancini
  • 80g mozzarella cheese (the one you use for pizzas)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 80g crumbed vegetable crisps
Method
for the risotto
  1. Bring the stock to the boil in a sauce pan
  2. Add the rice, salt and saffron
  3. Bring back to the boil and cook for 15 minutes
  4. Remove from the heat and after 1 minute, beat in the Parmesan
  5. Set aside to cool completely
for the arancini
  1. Preheat the oven to 160° Celsius
  2. Wet your hands and using a serving spoon, scoop some rice into your palm
  3. Shape into a large ball and then press your thumb into the centre to make a hole
  4. Fill the hole with 10g of mozzarella and seal up and shape back into a ball
  5. Wet your hands and repeat until you have used up all the rice - I made 8
  6. Now beat the egg whites and dip one of the balls into the egg whites
  7. Place the rice ball into the crumbed vegetable crisps and coat completely
  8. Lightly compact the crisps with your hand and place the arancini into an oven proof dish
  9. Bake for 20 minutes

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52 thoughts on “Recipe For Baked Arancini

  1. Tandy, I’m having trouble leaving comments the last couple of days on your blog – sorry if this one comes up twice! I adore arancini, and especially love that first cheesy photo – how nice that these are baked!

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    1. HI, hope the comment issue is sorted out. Only got this one once. The baking made them a nice healthy treat 🙂

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  2. interesting idea to bake the arancini, i’ve only ever made & eaten fried ones! i think i definitely need to give the baking method a go.. probably so much healthier without all the deep fried oil too! thanks for sharing the idea tandy.
    Thalia @ butter and brioche sharing the blog ♥ Parmesan, Polenta, Sage and Black Pepper MadeleinesMy Profile

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    1. My pleasure Thalia. I much preferred the baked ones 🙂

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  3. This dish has everything that I’ve ever dreamed of! Mozzie cheese never goes wrong!

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    1. You are so right Sammie 🙂

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  4. Ryan and I first had arancini on our honeymoon. He loved it, and now I can recreate it at home!

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    1. Hope it is as good as when you were on honeymoon Monet 🙂

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  5. Tandy I have never made arancini, but yours look so good I must add this to my repertoire! Great recipe, thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure, and hope you enjoy making them Lizzy 🙂

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  6. I can’t tell you how delicious this baked arancini looks! I would pop the whole batch in my mouth right now if I could! What gooey cheesy delicious. Tandy, you always provide recipes that I wouldn’t even see anywhere or or be aware of! Thanks you. And veggie chips are wonderful =)
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    1. Thank you for the compliment, and for the amazing comments. I hope you give these a try Laura 🙂

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  7. Oh look at that gooey cheese coming out! Lipsmacking! 🙂

    Julie
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    1. Thanks Julie 🙂

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  8. Tandy these look great–at some stage i want to experiment & try them without the eggs. My sons really like it – however i have never tried them

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    1. Please let me know how they turn out Usha 🙂

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  9. Seems like baking worked incredibly well with these arancini! 🙂 I’m not a huge fan of frying, because of the mess/cleaning up etc, so I love it when things can be baked instead AND they turn out just as good! Love hwo you used vegetable crisps too- they look really crunchy and yummy!
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    1. Thanks Von, baking these was a winner!

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  10. Hi Tandy, I tried my hand at these a few months ago with disappointing results, will try your version, they look much lighter.
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    1. Hope you try them again Cheri 🙂

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  11. I saw these at an Italian restaurant and thought they looked so good. I didn’t order them and really wish I had. Of course, I love that these are baked and not fried 😀
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    1. I hope you give these a try Cindy 🙂

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  12. I love arancini, but yours looks healthier so I can eat even more 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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    1. and they make a great Uni snack Uru 🙂

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  13. I’ve never baked them either – time to change that as they look amazing!

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    1. Thanks Tanya 🙂

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  14. I love the idea of baking them. I hate deep frying but when I tried baking churros they didn’t turn out nicely. Yours look great though so I will give them a bash 🙂 xx

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    1. I have never tried to make churros but I know my doughnuts did not bake as well as they fried 🙂

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  15. Drooling over that oozing cheese! THese look awesome.

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    1. Thank you Joanne 🙂

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  16. I am always interested to read about new baked treats and love the fact that you have crushed vegetable crisps for the outer shell. Great idea.

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    1. Thanks BAM 🙂

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  17. I’ve never had these before but they look fantastic! What a clever idea to bake them. Mmm. 🙂
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    1. Thank you Krista 🙂

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  18. Ooh I love this as I love crispy things like arancini but I dislike deep frying! Thanks Tandy! 😀
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    1. Hope you try these Lorraine 🙂

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  19. I made arrancini a few months ago for the first time, Tandy, and I was blown over by how delicious they were. It’s a wonderful idea to make them a little lighter. I love those veggie chips!

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    1. I could so make these over and over again as they are great the next day for lunch 🙂

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  20. The veggie crisp coating is genius. It’s given me an idea for a dish I haven’t made in years 😀

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    1. Cannot wait to see where the inspiration takes you 🙂

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  21. Wow, lovely ones, i think i’ll love this version of aranchini…
    it’s must be less calories than the deep fried ones!

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    1. For sure it has less calories 🙂

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  22. Oh Wow! Your pics have made my mouth water. 🙂

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    1. That is the best compliment!

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  23. Scrumptious!
    Have a super day Tandy.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. Thank you Mandy 🙂

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  24. Oh, yum, Tandy – I love Arancini and baking them is a great alternative – I don’t like deep-frying much (sure I like deep-fried food, but prefer not to do it myself, besides better if baked), also love the idea of using vegetable crisps as the coating.

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    1. I am not a huge fan of deep drying or fried food so this was perfect for me 🙂

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  25. I like that it’s so chewy 🙂

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    1. Me too Marta 🙂

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  26. I love your idea of using crisps instead of breadcrumbs – and thanks for mentioning me too.

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    1. The crisps made a much better covering that bread crumbs in my opinion! and the link love is only a pleasure 🙂

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