I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I took a much needed blogging break and focused on the family. We focused on family traditional recipes in the kitchen and ate our hearts out!
One of the recipes that I have been meaning to share are these Arancini or Italian Rice Balls. They have been apart of our Christmas and New Years spread my entire life. My aunt always makes them, but considering that they only last about 5 minutes (everyone runs to that plate first), my family and I have taken over the tradition and make a fresh batch for New Years.
These Italian Rice balls begin with a cheesy delicious risotto. The Arborio rice is lightly browned in a stick of Plugrá’s finest European Style Butter, then soaked in white wine and chicken stock. Once the rice is tender, it is mixed with fresh parmesan cheese, finely chopped parsley, and eggs.
Once cooled, the rise is formed into balls with a cube of mozzarella cheese, dipped in more egg, and finely rolled in Italian bread crumbs. We fry the balls in oil then serve them with a side of marinara sauce.
They truly are the perfect appetizer to ring in the New Year! Because New Year’s Eve is also our wedding anniversary, we follow the rice balls with either a traditional Swiss Raclette meal or beef wellington. It is always a beautiful meal full of family, wine, and lots of laughter.
What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?