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Arancini recipe

Deep fried risotto balls got Kat Whyton's party started on Come Dine With Me Wolverhampton

Serves 4


  • 300g risotto rice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g beef mince
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 120ml red wine
  • 150g frozen peas
  • 3 eggs
  • Handful grated mozzarella
  • Handful of grated parmesan
  • Plain flour
  • Handful of breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying


  1. Cook the risotto rice according to packet instructions.

  2. Meanwhile heat some oil in a frying pan and brown the mince. Add the tomato puree, stir for a couple of minutes then add the red wine and peas. Simmer gently until the mince has absorbed all the liquid.

  3. Spread the cooked risotto rice on a large plate and allow to cool.

  4. Put the cooled rice back into a large bowl and mix in the mince mixture, 1 egg and the mozzarella and parmesan. Form the mixture into golf-ball sized balls and set to one side.

  5. Fill three small bowls, one with flour one with 2 beaten eggs and one with breadcrumbs. In turn coat the risotto balls with flour, then egg and then roll in the breadcrumbs until completely coated.

  6. Heat a deep pan of vegetable oil until a small piece of bread turns golden brown. Add the arancini and fry until golden brown, in batches if necessary. Remove and drain on kitchen paper before serving.

Please note this recipe is the contestant's own and has not been tested professionally. Like the Come Dine With Me contestants, you could be creating a culinary delight or dining disaster, so switch on your ovens and be bold.

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Friday 30 March 2012
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