Arancini alla Siciliana {Sicilian Croquettes}


Arancini alla Siciliana are a luscious crunchy & creamy little round treat! It simply translates to Sicilian Croquettes {or as I like to call them…just rice balls} They can be enjoyed as an appetizer {just make them a tad smaller} or as a full meal and depending on where in Italy you eat your Arancini the fillings vary as well. The ones I’ve prepared here are oozing with fresh melted Mozzarella and incredbily flavorful beef! *swoon*


You can make them with a fresh pot of rice or they’re perfect if you have LEFTOVER {hello love that} rice or risotto on hand. Another huge plus, they can be made well in advance if you’re having them for a dinner party. You’ll just need to pop them out of the fridge, bread them and fry them right before you’re set to enjoy them! Frying times will naturally depend on the size of your Arancini but it’s completely Easy peasy! My kind of entertaining.


I was honored when Rachael who you might know better as FUJI MAMA asked me to guest post for her while she’s off sunning herself {no I’m not jealous or anything LOL} I’m sure you’ve heard me mention her before, she’s incredibly loverly & uber talented. She’s one of my most favorite blogging friends and I’m super happy to help out.

So pop on over to her site for the Arancini alla Siciliana RECIPE & the story behind them! Be sure to stay a while checking out her site, I’m sure you’ll find a zillion tasty treats you’ll want to try out!

Baci !



  1. 1

    What wonderful photos. And a great recipe.

  2. 2

    I’ve also seen arancini dipped into breadcrumbs before frying — this gives them great texture and crunch!

  3. 3

    I like how these have a dim sum look to them…Italian dim sum…hmmm…doesn’t sound bad!

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    I always make extra risotto so that we can make a batch of arancini the next day, preferably packed with mushrooms and a piece of oozing, fresh mozzarella. I will be sure to check out your recipe on Rachael’s site.

  5. 5

    I looooveee these so much.. If I could only eat this and only this! I think it time to go make some rice!

  6. 6

    OMG….you had me at just the Rice balls……then you stuffed them with meat and cheese….oooooohhhhhh…
    heaven must have sent you!!

  7. 7

    It’s like a little surprise package!

  8. 8

    I’m actually on the search to find the best arancini balls in Boston, so this post is definitely very relevant to my interests.

  9. 9

    Wow! these look divine!

  10. 10

    i LOVE arancini! they’re absolutely delicious, fun to make, and always get the “wow” factor when you make them for others. YUM!

  11. 11

    They look divine! A must save:)

  12. 12

    Thank you my friend for such an amazing post! Baci!

  13. 13

    Great pics and great recipe ! I probably ate my weight in these things last time I was in Italy.

  14. 14

    Oh these look great

  15. 15

    You should definitely submit these photos to the Food Porn Daily site. The top one especially! I never have much luck making arancini so I’m eager to try this recipe. Thanks!

  16. 16

    These look absolutely fantastic.

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    Brittany /

    I just made these and they were incredible !! I did at some very thinly sliced garlic and some green peppers into the meat and onion flavor because I love extra extra flavor 🙂 thanks again for a great recipe, paula !

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    Brittany /

    The meat and onion mixture * I meant to say

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