Aranigi (Italian Meat Balls)

Aranigi (italian Meat Balls)

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Trina Martell

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These take a little time to make but it's well worth it. I make a double batch and freeze half for later. They make a wonderful appetizer.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Serves:
4-6
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
30 Min

Ingredients

  • STEP ONE - INGREDIENTS

  • 3 3/4 c
    water
  • 1 1/3 c
    uncooked brown rice (do not use instant rice)
  • 2 clove
    garlic
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • STEP TWO - INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 c
    thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 c
    fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • STEP THREE - INGREDIENTS

  • 3
    egg whites
  • 3 Tbsp
    parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • STEP FOUR - INGREDIENTS

  • 2
    egg whites
  • 1 tsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 c
    bread crumbs, dry
  • STEP FIVE - DEEP FRYING

  • 3 c
    vegetable oil

How to Make Aranigi (Italian Meat Balls)

Step-by-Step

  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in rice, garlic, bay leaf, and salt. Return to a boil, reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat. Discard garlic and bay leaf. Drain rice and allow to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine Prosciutto, mozzarella cheese & basil. Pour olive oil over and toss to coat.
  3. Add egg whites & Parmesan cheese to rice and mix well. Stir rice mixture into Prosciutto mixture until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Whisk egg whites and olive oil in separate shallow bowl. Wet hands and shape rice/Prosciutto mixture into 24 balls. Dip each ball into egg whites then coat with bread crumbs.
  5. Heat 2-inches of oil in a deep-fryer to 350*F. Deep-fry rice balls a few at a time until golden brown (approximately 30 seconds) Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
  6. REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS: From refrigerator, place meatballs in a single layer on a cookie sheet and cook for 15 minutes in a 350*F preheated oven. If frozen, cook for 30 minutes.

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About Aranigi (Italian Meat Balls)

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers
Regional Style: Italian



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