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Risotto Balls.

 In Pasta, Risotto, Vegetarian

When I first saw this idea, I couldn’t understand why anybody would go through all the trouble to make risotto and then let it cool, cover it with crumbs and fry it. What a schlep! But then I tasted in a restaurant and I fell inlove! Yes it takes a bit of time and yes it would be easier to just eat the risotto straight away, but if you ever have any left over Risotto (I never do lol) or if you feel a bit adventurous, make your own, and try this. It really is worth it. For added oomph you could add a small block of Mozzarella in the middle of each ball. Ooh yum!

500g Risotto, cooled (I just cooked a very plain risotto with Leeks, pesto and garlic, if you’ve never made risotto go HERE)
1 cup Flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups Breadcrumbs seasoned with salt
Oil for deep frying

Roll the cooled risotto into balls, coat with flour, then egg and finally the breadcrumbs. Place on a plate and put in the fridge for 20 minutes.
In a wok/pot, heat enough oil to deep fry the Risotto Balls. When the oil is hot enough, fry the Risotto balls until crisp and golden. Drain on Kitchen Paper and serve warm with sweet chilli sauce for dipping.

You could also make Risotto Cakes as below.

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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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  • Stefanie

    I will be making these for an upcoming holiday party. That sauce looks very jalepeno jellyish…and looks very yummy. Do you have a favorite sauce and recipe you serve with these??

    • Alida Ryder

      I actually really like them super simply with some fresh lemon wedges but a rich roasted tomato sauce would also be great.

  • Paloma

    Isn’t this an arancini recipe? You should try to coat them in panko instead of breadcrumbs. Panko is just another level of crunchiness.

    • Alida Ryder

      Indeed it is, and yes, I often use Panko for it.

  • Simone

    Gerard says he hopes there are always leftovers in future so I can make this the next

  • simone

    Made this tonight with last night`s leftovers. Put cheese in the middle…yummy! Thanks!

    • Ally_R

      Simone : They are quite addictive hey? 😉

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