You probably know Arancini as a Sicilian delight, but no Neapolitan fried plate worth its salt would be complete without the Neapolitan version.
Smaller than their Sicilian counterparts, they nevertheless pack in heaps of flavor and their bite sized form make them the perfect snack on the run.
Otherwise known as Palle di Riso or Palle ‘e Riso, Balls of Rice, like their name Arancini di Riso suggests, these Neapolitan fried rice balls look like tiny oranges. But don’t let that fool you. Served piping hot out of the fryer, they are a savory delight.
Giuseppe’s version is Arancini in its purest form. Just freshly cooked rice, eggs and Parmigiano. Of course, they also make a great use of leftover rice, and as always, can be filled as you like. Add a bit of mozzarella for a cheesy, gooey center or a dab of tomato sauce for some color. Salami, ground meat, peas, and other cheeses like pecorino and provolone would work equally as well.
1/2 Kilo Arborio Rice
2 eggs lightly beaten
150 grams Parmigiano
Salt and Pepper
Cook the rice in salted water
Let the rice cool down to room temperature
Add Parmigiano, eggs, and salt and pepper to taste
Form small balls with your hands
Roll the balls in bread crumbs
Fry the Arancini in batches until they are golden brown
Remove to paper towels to drain
A native Neapolitan, Giuseppe Topo is a hairstylist and one of the owners of Noi, Naples only English-speaking salon. A passionate cook, when he’s not styling hair Giuseppe can be found in the kitchen cooking up one of his favorite Neapolitan dishes.
Find all of his great recipes at Cooking with Giuseppe!