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Mushroom arancini with roasted tomato sauce

 In Dinner/Supper, Lunch, Recipes, Risotto, Salads & Starters, Snacks, Vegetarian

Crispy mushroom arancini stuffed with melty mozzarella and deep fried to a crisp, golden brown served with roasted tomato sauce is a great appetizer.

Mushroom arancini with mozzarella and roasted tomato sauceIsn’t risotto just the best? I can’t get over how every single bowl I eat, I fall deeper and deeper in love with it. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I am not shy about my intense passion for risotto. The sheer volume of risotto recipes on this website is testament to that. There’s just something about bowl-food that I can’t get enough of.

Mushroom arancini with mozzarella and roasted tomato sauceWhen I asked the lovely Cathy from “What should I make for…” to collaborate with me on this post, I was overjoyed when she recommended we both do our own versions of risotto. Cathy’s blog is a beautiful collection of wonderful recipes aimed to inspire you to get in the kitchen. Her recipes will help you decide what to make for any and ever occasion. Her birthday cake cake pops and the fig spread are just two of the recipes I completely adore from her blog. For this collaboration she made the most delectable-looking butternut squash risotto and apple risotto and you guys. Does that not look like the ultimate comfort food? I mean. Do yourself a favour and go check out Cathy’s blog. You’ll leave with a list as long as your arm with recipes you want to make, guaranteed.

Mushroom arancini with mozzarella and roasted tomato sauceBecause I did a mushroom risotto recipe only a few weeks ago, I decided to make my second-favourite risotto-esque recipe: Arancini. Crispy mushroom arancini stuffed with melty mozzarella served with a roasted tomato sauce, to be more precise. If you’ve never had arancini before, you haven’t lived my friends. Crispy coating, aromatic risotto, melty mozzarella. What more could you ask for? And they are the ultimate recipe to knock together if you have any risotto leftovers in the fridge. But really, they are so good you’ll want to make a big pan-full of risotto just so you can turn them into the crispy orbs of deliciousness. I served them with an easy roasted tomato sauce which complimented the earthy mushrooms and milky mozzarella perfectly.

These mushroom arancini are perfection when served with drinks as an appetizer. Ooh, and they’ll be equally great served with ice cold beers as a casual snack. Game day just got a lot more delicious!

Mushroom arancini with mozzarella and roasted tomato sauce

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Mushroom arancini with roasted tomato sauce
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Crispy mushroom arancini stuffed with melty mozzarella and deep fried to a crisp, golden brown served with roasted tomato sauce is a great appetizer.
Recipe type: Risotto, Arancini, Vegetarian, Appetizer
Serves: Makes 10-15 arancini
  • 2-3 cups cold mushroom risotto
  • ½-1 cup mozzarella cubes (depending on how many arancini you make)
  • 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs seasoned with salt and pepper
  • oil, for frying
for the roasted tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. To make the roasted tomato sauce, pre-heat the oven to 200ºc.
  2. Place the cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, Balsamic vinegar, sugar and thyme in a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and place in the oven.
  3. Allow to roast for 45 minutes until the tomatoes are soft then transfer to a blender and blend to your desired consistency. Set aside.
  4. To make the arancini, take small handfuls of the cold risotto and place a cube of mozzarella in the centre. Enclose the mozzarella then roll into a ball and cover with the breadcrumbs. Set on a plate and repeat until all the risotto has been used.
  5. Fry the arancini in hot oil until golden brown and the mozzarella inside has melted.
  6. Drain on kitchen paper and serve with roasted tomato sauce.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    This looks so delicious! I hate to admit this but I don’t make a lot of risotto and I don’t know why. I will be trying this for sure and looking back at all of your other risotto recipes too!

    • Alida Ryder

      You must! Once you start, you won’t be able to stop! 🙂

  • Reply

    I have a special place in my heart for arancini. It made me so happy to come across your recipe today! These are absolutely gorgeous, excuse me while I go make a double batch of risotto…

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks for your lovely comment Stephanie. 🙂

  • Rebecca | DisplacedHousewife

    You are killing me with this gorgeous recipe!! I absolutely LOVE arancini and now it’s all I can think about!!! xoxo

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks R! You and me both, they are completely swoon-worthy!

  • Reply

    Oh my goodness these sound absolutely scrumptious, I really need to make a point of trying this recipe, I’m just worried I’ll ended up eating them all myself!

    • Alida Ryder

      That is a big possibility Fida! But I promise it’s completely worth it!

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    These look absolutely scrumptious Alida! My husband Tom is a huge mushroom risotto fan, so they will make it to our table very soon! I also am a big fan of Cathy’s blog! I had a chance to meet up with her at the Jersey Shore this summer! So fun to meet another fellow blogger! Happy weekend!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks so much Mary Ann. How lovely! It is always fun to meet another blogger face-to-face. Cathy, and her blog, are just lovely! x

  • Kankana

    Oh my! That looks yum. I love arancini. That photo of cheese oozing is just making me droool!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks so much Kankana. I think Arancini can be considered a love language, don’t you? 😉

  • Cathy |

    Your arancini are EVERYTHING Alida. These will be perfect for fall game-day entertaining at our house. Such a pleasure collaborating with you and look forward to the next one! xo

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks so much Cathy! And thank you for collaborating with me. Your risotto is all kinds of awesome. x

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