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

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini, cheesy fried rice balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 542kcal
Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie
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!
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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

  • 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.
  • Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs into three separate small bowls.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
  • Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 542kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 42.2mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 4.7mg