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Cheesy Broccoli Arancini

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Cheesy Broccoli Arancini
  • Prep Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8
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An Italian fried risotto ball, made green with broccoli and cheese.

Ingredients

1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken broth
1/4
cup vegetable oil
1
small or medium onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt
1
cup uncooked Arborio rice
1
cup dry white wine
4
oz shredded Parmesan cheese
Black pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 1/2
cups Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1
bag (12 oz) broccoli & cheese sauce
1
egg

Directions

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, heat broth to simmering.
  • 2 In 12-inch skillet, heat 1/4 cup oil. Cook onion and a pinch of salt in oil 5 to 7 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent. Add rice and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook and stir until absorbed into rice. Add broth, 1 cup at a time, and stir constantly, until absorbed into rice. Add cheese; cook until melted. Add pepper and more salt to taste.
  • 3 Cool in refrigerator at least 2 hours but no longer than 12 hours.
  • 4 Heat 3 inches of oil in large pot over medium heat to 360°F.
  • 5 While oil is heating, place 1 1/2 cups of the bread crumbs in a bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Microwave broccoli 5 minutes.
  • 6 Mix egg and remaining 1 cup bread crumbs into rice mixture. Scoop into 3-inch balls, pressing small scoop of broccoli into center of each. Coat balls in bread crumbs, and fry in batches 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 7 Transfer to paper towels to drain. Cool slightly, and serve.
Tips  

It's very important to make sure the broth and wine absorb fully into the rice. If mixture is too wet, the balls run the risk of falling apart while frying.

Try adding chopped cooked bacon, pancetta or other meat to the centers along with the broccoli!

These are great served with red sauce.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
547.3
Daily Value
Total Fat
45.5g
70%
(
Saturated Fat
5.2g
26%
)
Cholesterol
32.9mg
11%
Sodium
606.9mg
25%
Potassium
200.0mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
23.5g
8%
(
Dietary Fiber
1.9g
8%
,
Sugars
1.9g
)
Protein
9.1g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
64.30%
64%
Calcium
19.60%
20%
Iron
8.80%
9%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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