Not everyone likes leftovers, my hubby included. So I end up eating most of the leftovers or creating something new with it. Somewhere in this blog, I tell the story of my grandmother who was a master at recreating meals with leftovers. And at one point when I was a child, I asked her what the dish was when it was ‘new’.
So today I am going to create something ‘new’ with leftover risotto. See Limoncello, Leek & Asparagus Risotto for the risotto recipe I used to create these arancini or use another risotto recipe from this blog, or your favorite.
What I like about this arancini recipe is that it is baked and not fried and has a versatile use as a tasty snack, appetizer, or side dish. And truth be told, one friend said she ate her arancini for lunch. So there you have it!
It is pretty easy to put these balls together and you can make them any size you like. Small for appetizers, or small to medium for snacks or side dish. Served with a marinara or pizza sauce they are delicious!
A note about breadcrumbs… make your own. Most people don’t like the heels or ends of a loaf of bread and these are perfect for grating into breadcrumbs. Or if a few slices of bread are getting stale, again a great resource to make into breadcrumbs. What I do is throw a heel or slice of stale bread into the freezer until I get enough to make a batch of breadcrumbs or cubes for stuffing. They are easy to grate in a food processor, season and use in recipes.
For this recipe, if you use homemade breadcrumbs, you will need to season them with a pinch of oregano, parsley, and paprika.
Dipping bowls with egg, flour, and breadcrumbs. Cheese cubed and ready to be stuffed into the risotto ball.
Risotto balls ready for dipping and coating.
To the oven!
Baked and oozing with cheese. Best served hot.