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Parmesan Arancini Balls

Parmesan arancini balls is a crowd-pleasing finger food made with cooked risotto, parmesan cheese, spices, and breadcrumbs.
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Fat 18
Carbs 22
Protein 5
Yield 15



  • 3 cups cooked risotto cooled
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable Oil enough to fill your pot at least 2” deep

Calabrian Chili Ranch

  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Calabrian chili paste
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper



  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked risotto, ¾ cup parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. 
  • Roll the risotto into 1” balls, making sure to pack them together well so they don’t fall apart. 
  • Prepare your breading station by placing the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs each in their own medium-sized bowl. Whisk the eggs until they are smooth and uniform. 
  • Dip each risotto ball (one at a time) into the flour, followed by the egg, and then the breadcrumbs. Repeat with the remaining arancini. 
  • Fill a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven with at least 2” of vegetable oil and heat it over medium until it reaches 365ºF. 
  • Carefully lower 3-4 risotto balls into the oil and cook them for 1-2 minutes, or until they are golden brown. 
  • Remove the arancini to a paper towel and repeat until all of the arancini have been fried. 
  • Serve immediately, garnished with the remaining grated parmesan and fresh parsley. 

Calabrian Chili Ranch

  • In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. 

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g