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kid friendly arancini

11 Sep

IMG_3585Arancini, or Italian rice balls, have been around for centuries (hailing from Sicily in the 10th century). And for a very good reason! They are fun to make, and are a friendly food that anyone would love.

They are named after their orange-like shape (arancina meaning “little orange” in Italian), and are typically filled with ragu and peas, tomato sauce, cheese, meat, mushroom, eggplant, or bechamel (cream) sauce.

They are also a great way to use up extra risotto, tomato or meat sauces.

We suggest using Lydia Bastianich‘s recipe. Her recipes always turn out delicious, and they are easy to follow. To make the recipe a bit healthier, try baking them instead of frying them. They come out perfect, and just as tasty.

Feel free to get creative when it comes to the stuffing. You can certainly follow the ragu recipe, or try her delicious tomato sauce recipe. To get even more inspired, take a peak at the Arancini Bros menu, which looks fantastic!

And if you are gluten free, you can always use gluten free breadcrumbs!