Red-Rice Goat Cheese Arancini
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Red-Rice Goat Cheese Arancini

Synonymous with Italian street food, these cheese balls make a delicious snack

By Johnson and Wales University

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Red-Rice Goat Cheese Arancini

Red-Rice Goat Cheese Arancini

Synonymous with Italian street food, these cheese balls make a delicious snack
Course: snacks
Keyword: arancini, goat cheese, whole grain
Servings: 8
Calories: 670kcal
Author: Johnson & Wales University


  • 3 scallions minced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh dill minced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme minced
  • 8 fresh chèvre
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups red rice
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs


  • In a small bowl, combine scallions, dill, parsley and thyme. Form chèvre into a log, and roll in herbs so cheese is covered. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
  • In a medium pot, heat stock over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. 
  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring. Stir in rice, coating with oil; cook 2 minutes. Add stock, one ladleful at a time until absorbed, stirring often. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan and zest; season with salt and pepper. Pour rice onto a rimmed baking sheet in a thin layer. Place uncovered in refrigerator to chill, about 1 hour.
  • To form balls, spread 2 Tbsps cooled rice in palm of your hand, and place 2 tsp of chèvre into center. Shape into a golf ball. Repeat with remaining rice and cheese, placing all balls on a clean baking sheet. Set aside to set up breading station.
  • Create a breading station: Set aside three bowls, one with flour, one with beaten eggs and one with breadcrumbs.
  • Roll balls first in flour, then eggs and then completely cover in breadcrumbs. Repeat, placing all balls on a clean baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Bake until golden brown, approximately 20 minutes. Serve on their own or with a simple marinara sauce. 


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Calories: 670kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 24g | Sodium: 1520mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g
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