Saffron arancini

Treat yourself with this sumptuous food fit for the Gods.
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Recipe from: 13 September 2016
Preparation time: 20 min
Cooking time: 45 min


  • For the saffron risotto:
  • 1
    olive oil
  • 1
  • 50
    chorizo sausage, roughly chopped into small pieces (almost like mince)
  • 1
    shallot, finely diced
  • 1
    leek washed, halved and finely diced
  • 2
    stems fresh thyme, de-stalked
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1
    arborio rice
  • 80
    white wine
  • 1
    chicken stock (hot)
  • 1/4
    saffron powder or a good pinch of saffron threads
  • 1/3
    parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the arancini:
  • 100
    mozzarella, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 2-3
    eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1/2
  • 1/3
    dried breadcrumbs
  • 1
    crushed panko crumbs
  • 1
    vegetable oil, for frying
Servings: Change Serving


Heat the olive oil and butter in a saucepan. Add the chorizo and cook for several minutes until the red oils are rendered out. Remove and set aside.

Pour the stock into a separate saucepan, add the saffron threads and place on a heat source to keep hot.

Sauté the shallot until softened but not coloured. Add the leeks and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the thyme and lemon zest.

Add the rice and stir through to coat in the buttery oils. Allow the rice to toast for about a minute.

Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce by half.

Now add the hot chicken stock, one ladle at a time allowing the rice to absorb the stock before adding the next ladle.

Continue stirring all the while. This agitates the rice and releases the starch and results in a creamy risotto.

Once all the stock is used up the risotto should be al dente. Cooking time is between 22-25 minutes. If the rice is not yet cooked, add a little extra water.

Finally, add the chorizo, parmesan and 2 tablespoons butter. Season with black pepper. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

To make the arancini, combine the breadcrumbs and panko crumbs. Place the eggs, flour and crumbs into three separate bowls.

Scoop generous tablespoon amounts of cold risotto in the palm of your hand. Flatten out slightly and place a piece of mozzarella in each. Close and roll into a ball. Repeat until you've used all the risotto mixture.

Pour the oil into a saucepan and bring up to 180º C.

Dredge the arancini in flour, followed by the egg and then in the breadcrumb mixture. Carefully lower into the oil and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until golden underneath. Turn over and cook for another 3 minutes.

Drain on paper towels and eat while still warm and the cheese is molten inside.                                                                                                      

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