Arancini Balls with Cheese Bacon and Broccoli

These Arancini Balls with Cheese Bacon and Broccoli are so much easier than you might think. This Arancini Recipe is one of our favorite comfort food appetizers! These cheesy fried rice balls (Arancini Balls) are the ultimate starter to any meal at home. So addicting and delicious!

Arancini Balls stuffed with broccoli and cheese

Arancini Balls stuffed with Cheese, Bacon, and Broccoli

Have you guys ever had arancini balls? Do you know what arancini is?! Don’t feel bad…I didn’t either. I recently had arincini balls at a restaurant and had to google it when I saw it on the menu!

Basically all you need to know about arancini balls is that they are deep fried, creamy, cheesy rice…that you can dip in marinara sauce and dream about forever. Okay, that may not be the technical definition of arancini, but that’s all that matters! I’m OBSESSED and cannot wait for you to try this amazing arancini recipe so you know what I’m talking about.

These Arancini Balls with Cheese, Bacon, and Broccoli will be your new favorite appetizer!

Bowl full of Italian Rice Balls

Arancini Balls in bowl

What is Arancini?

Okay, before you try this Arancini Recipe, let’s get the real answer. What is Arancini?

Arancini Balls are a tradtional Italian dish that has become even more popular in modern Italian cuisine. Arancini are rice balls filled with cheese, meat, tomato sauce, or any number of ingredients. Then the rice balls are covered in bread crumbs and deep fried to create a crispy, warm, delicious little appetizer perfect for dipping.

To spice things up a bit, I put cheese, bacon, and broccoli in this arancini recipe. And of course I added an extra cube of cheddar in the middle for melty amazingness (always need more cheese!). I’m pretty proud of this one. These cheesy brocolli arancini balls are just so addicting. You can make them big and serve as a main course or keep them bite sized for a fun and unique appetizer. Sure to please kids and adults alike!

Bowl full of rice balls

One of our favorite comfort food appetizers is BACON BROCCOLI CHEESE ARANCINI! These cheesy fried rice balls are the ultimate starter to any meal at home. So addicting and delicious!

How do you make Italian Rice Balls (Arincini Balls)?

This arincini recipe is so easy to make!

  1. Create a rice mixture with broccoli, cheese, and bacon & let chill
  2. Form 2-inch rice balls with the mixture
  3. Dip each ball in the flour, then egg, then coat in bread crumbs
  4. Cook the arancini balls in a large stockpot or dutch oven at 350 degrees

It’s a pretty straight-forward process and fun to make too! See the recipe card for full instructions.

To keep things EXTRA simple (just how I like), I used frozen broccoli in cheese sauce to stuff the arancini balls. Perfect! It creates that creamy texture with literally zero work for you. I know I know, standing ovation.

How have I gone through life without ever having this amazing arancini recipe before now? Thank goodness for the local restaurant that opened my eyes and impressed my appetite. Broccoli Cheese Arancini Balls for the WIN WIN WIN! I can’t wait for you to try them. Be sure to dip in lots of marinara.

What do you serve with arancini balls?

WHERE DO I BEGIN? These little cheesy rice balls are so good, I’d eat them with just about anything. They make a really great appetizer to serve at a party or before your meal.

Arincini Balls also make a good side dish for other Italian dishes. Cook them up next time you make one of these:

A bowl full of rice balls, one pulled apart to show rice, broccoli, and cheese inside

These arancini balls make a great starter for holiday meals, a great appetizer for tailgating, and a great main course when unique is what you’re after. And let’s just pretend they’re healthy because of the broccoli. MMMM K? I know you’re on my level.

 

See the recipe card below for full details on how to make Arancini Balls. Enjoy!

If you like these Cheesy Bacon & Broccoli Arancini Balls, try these other deliciously fried foods:

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These Arancini Balls with Cheese Bacon and Broccoli are so much easier than you might think. This Arancini Recipe is one of our favorite comfort food appetizers! These cheesy fried rice balls (Arancini Balls) are the ultimate starter to any meal at home. So addicting and delicious!
Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

These Arancini Balls with Cheese Bacon and Broccoli are so much easier than you might think. This Arancini Recipe is one of our favorite comfort food appetizers! These cheesy fried rice balls (Arancini Balls) are the ultimate starter to any meal at home. So addicting and delicious!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 542 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon crumbles
  • 10 ounce package frozen broccoli in cheese sauce cooked in the microwave according to package instructions
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • canola oil for frying
  • marinara sauce for dipping
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl stir together the rice, bacon, and broccoli/cheese. Leave the cubed cheese separate. Place in the fridge to chill enough to be able to handle.
  2. Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs into three separate small bowls.
  3. Once rice mixture is chilled, take a small amount and add a cube of cheese to the middle. Keeping the cheese in the middle, top with more rice to create a ball, approximately 2 inches in size. Press together firmly to make sure it holds its shape. Dip into the flour and coat completely. Next coat in egg, using a fork to allow the excess to shake off, then dredge in the bread crumbs, coating completely. lay on a plate and repeat with the rest of the rice. For me I was able to make about 12 balls. You can make whatever size you'd like.
  4. Heat 3 inches of canola oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven to 350F. Once hot, cook the rice balls in batches until fully browned, approximately 1-2 minutes each.
  5. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
  6. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 542 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 510mg 21%
Potassium 364mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 83g 28%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 3g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 51.1%
Calcium 25.1%
Iron 26.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Karly
I can't wait to try this! Sounds delicious!
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