Anna Williams

Arancini with Sage (Fried Cheese-Stuffed Rice Balls)

Prep: 1 hr 5 mins
Total: 2 hr 15 mins
Makes 30


  • 1Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring, until absorbed.
  • 2Gradually add broth 1 cup at a time, stirring, until rice is just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. (You may not need to use all of broth.) Remove from heat and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter and Parmesan. Add sage; season with coarse salt and pepper. Spread risotto in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Let cool completely.
  • 3Form risotto into 1 1/2-inch balls. Insert a cube of Taleggio in center of each. Place flour, eggs, and panko in three shallow dishes; lightly beat eggs. Dredge each ball with flour, then dip in eggs and coat in panko. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • 4Heat 2 inches oil to 360 degrees in a heavy pot over medium-high heat. Fry balls in batches, turning once, until golden brown, about 3 minutes a batch. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with flaky salt.
  • 5Fry small sage leaves in oil until crisp and bright green, about 30 seconds. Top risotto balls with fried sage and serve.


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, finely diced (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, warmed
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage, plus small leaves for serving
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 ounces Taleggio, rind removed, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups panko
  • Safflower oil, for frying
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, for serving

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