Arancini Heaven (Stuffed Rice Balls)

Arancini Heaven (Stuffed Rice Balls) 960 720 Villa Modica

In our lovely Modica is where you will find the BEST arancini anywhere, Giovanni and his wife Lina have been making them for who knows how long…

GPS coordinates:

Latitude 36°51’35.58″N      Longitude 14°45’42.38″E

Its a work of love..and my God it sure shows in the taste, crisp on the outside but juicy and flavorful on the inside, once you bite into it you must want another one,

Good enough for Inspector Montalbano – a place that only the locals know….a delight.

  • Those look wonderful! The shape is so unique! Would Giovanni and his wife share their recipe?

    • Tim i will ask, and i am sure they will share the secret 🙂

    • Tim here is the recipe..i was finally able to get it from Giovanni, he told me not to tell his wife otherwise he will be sleeping in the dog house 🙂

      In a large pot cook rice until tender,then drain and rinse it in cool water. Pour the rice in a large bowl and add the parmesan cheese, 200 ml of tomato sauce,parsley,black pepper and a little salt. Mix all the ingredients well.
      Then in a frying pan put in the ground beef and cook it till brown,add 200 ml of tomato sauce , green peas,salt and pepper to taste and cook till nice and thick. This is the Ragu sauce. Set as aside and let it cool.
      Now take a hand full of rice mixture in your hands and flatten it , make an indentation in the middle, add the Ragu sauce, a 2 cm chunk of mozzarella cheese, cut boiled egg,then add more rice on top to form a round ball. Dip the rice ball in the liquid eggs and then roll the ball in breadcrumbs and put it aside.In a frying pan heat the oil and fry the rice balls until they are golden brown (fry only a few at a time). Remove from the oil and put on paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Serve after cooling.


      500 grams of rice
      400 ml of tomato sauce
      1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
      3 scrambled eggs
      3 hard boiled eggs cut into pieces
      bread crumbs as needed
      Salt & pepper to taste
      300 grams of ground beef
      150 grams of green peas
      vegetable oil for frying

      • Grazie! Grazie! I will make them soon!~ Thanks to Giovanni – and I promise not to tell! 🙂

  • My favorite, the best I’ve ever had! I can’t wait to have some again!

    • Yes this time we will have some together and they must be washed down with good red wine…actually i am going to go get some tonight.:-)

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