Serve savory Prosciutto-and Provolone-stuffed Arancini for lunch or dinner. As the name suggests, these Italian rice balls are stuffed with aged provolone and prosciutto and are a terrifice use for leftover risotto.
3 cups leftover cold cooked risotto
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 ounces sliced prosciutto, chopped
2 ounces aged provolone, cut into 16 cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
1 large egg
How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; mix well. Press 2 tablespoons rice mixture around 1 cube of cheese to form a small ball. Repeat with remaining risotto and cheese.
Place flour in a shallow bowl; place breadcrumbs in a second shallow bowl. Beat egg with 2 tablespoons water in a third bowl. Dredge rice balls in flour, dip in egg mixture, and roll in breadcrumbs to coat. Place on a tray, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches in a deep saucepan; heat to 350°. Fry rice balls, in batches, 4 to 5 minutes or until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Serve warm.
Arancini are a favourite of mine but I have never tried them with provolone & prosciutto inside. One thing I have tried, with reasonable success, is to spritz the arancini with just a tiny bit of oil and bake them!! Yes, there is less flavour but a whole lot less fat and my friends still loved them.
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