I relished the story of Williams-Sonoma’s trip to Sicily last summer, when the team soaked up the rich culinary traditions of this unique region. Among the many specialties they tasted were authentic arancini – light, golden rice croquettes served as snacks in Sicilian cafes.
These savory bites — fried and crispy on the outside and deliciously creamy on the inside — can also make fantastic hors d’oeuvres at an Italian- themed party. Our version can be simply heated and dipped in marinara sauce, or you can roll up your sleeves and make them yourself (they’re a bit time-consuming, but your effort will be rewarded after the first bite).
Here’s how it works:
|Roll the arancini in breadcrumbs
Next, you apply an egg wash to the balls and roll them in breadcrumbs, preparing them for frying.
|Fry and enjoy!
Finally, the arancini are deep-fried and kept warm in an oven before serving. Pass around on a tray for an elegant — and classically Sicilian — appetizer.
Crunched for time? You can also purchase arancini online — just heat and serve!