Goat's cheese arancini balls
Photo by Babiche Martens
Arancini are so simple to make. Basically, they are risotto, cooled, stuffed and rolled in breadcrumbs then fried. Preparation should begin well before serving to allow the risotto to cool for rolling. These are great for pre-dinner drinks or for lunch with a side salad. Makes 20.
- Heat oil in a heavy based pot. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes until soft but not brown. Add the rice and toast in the oil for 2 minutes. Add the wine and allow it to be absorbed. Stir through the carrot.
- Start adding the hot stock a cup at a time allowing it to be absorbed after each addition. Continue until the stock has all gone and the rice is cooked. Stir through the parmesan and butter. Place the risotto in a bowl, cover and allow to cool completely.
- Gently stir through the goat's cheese and mint. Season with salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 20 even-size balls.
- Dip in egg and breadcrumbs, then set aside in the fridge until ready to cook.
- Three-quarters fill a medium-size pot with oil. Heat until a small piece of bread dropped in will float to the surface. Cook the arancini balls a few at a time. They will take 3 or 4 minutes or until crispy golden.
- Serve hot. Delicious with garlic aioli.