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Arancini with mozzarella and ragu

Jill Dupleix
Jill Dupleix

These fried risotto balls stuffed with a little extra something are loved by young and old, are easy to make and are a good way to use leftovers. Make more risotto than you need. Refrigerate the leftovers overnight, then roll the rice into balls, coat in beaten egg and breadcrumbs, and pan fry, bake or deep fry.

Arancini are loved by young and old.
Photo: James Brickwood


  • 500g cold, cooked risotto
  • 100g fior di latte mozzarella, cut into 2cm cubes
  • Half cup leftover ragu or stew
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups fine breadcrumbs
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Freshly grated parmesan for serving


1. Take 40 grams to 50 grams of risotto and roll into a ball in your hands. Poke your finger into the centre, stuff in a little mozzarella and ragu, and close up the hole. (You can do up to this stage beforehand then refrigerate until needed.) Roll each ball in beaten eggs, then in breadcrumbs until coated.

2. Heat the oil until it turns a small cube of bread nicely brown in about 30 seconds. Fry the arancini in small batches for 4 minutes to 5 minutes or until golden. Drain and serve with a little extra grated parmesan.

* If you don't want to deep fry, you can pan fry the arancini in a little oil until crisp and finish the cooking in a hot oven for 10 minutes.

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