What Is Arancini?
Arancini or arancini di riso are stuffed rice balls that are a hallmark of Sicilian cuisine. The main ingredients are rice, meat, mozzarella cheese, and peas. The stuffed rice is shaped into cones or balls depending on the region before breading and deep-frying.
As for their origins, the spicy and savory arancini of today likely originated in Sicily after the arrival of ingredients from the ‘new world’. Prior to that, arancini had been a sweet Sicilian dish made with ricotta cheese, sugar, and milk.
What to Serve with Arancini Balls?
To serve arancini as a main course, pair them with a rich tomato sauce, aioli, wilted spinach, eggplant parmigiana, grilled asparagus, pear and pomegranate salad, beetroot relish, courgette fries, ratatouille, sausages, etc.
Arancini also go well with sicilian red wines like Nero d'Avola, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Etna Rosso, Frappato and others like Metodo Classico, Prosecco, Champagne, Cava, Sekt, and Lambrusco.
Here are our some delicious recipes you can serve with Arancini Rice Balls: