Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini

Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini

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!

Have you guys had arancini? Do you know what arancini is?! Don’t feel bad…I didn’t either. I recently had it at a restaurant and had to google it when I saw it on the menu. Basically all you need to know about arancini is it’s deep fried creamy cheesy rice…that you can dip in marinara and dream about forever. I’m OBSESSED and cannot wait for you to find your new favorite appetizer with me!

To spice things up a bit I made these Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini with an extra cube of cheddar in the middle for melty amazingness. I’m pretty proud of this one. It’s 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!

To keep things EXTRA simple just like I like, I used frozen broccoli in cheese sauce to stuff the arancini. Perfect! 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 recipe before now? Thank goodness for the local restaurant that opened my eyes and impressed my appetite. Broccoli Cheese Arancini for the WIN WIN WIN! I can’t wait for you to try them. Be sure to dip in lots of marinara.

These 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.

Enjoy!

Serves 6

Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini

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!

15 minPrep Time

To keep things EXTRA simple just like I like, I used frozen broccoli in cheese sauce to stuff the arancini. Perfect! 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 recipe before now? Thank goodness for the local restaurant that opened my eyes and impressed my appetite. Broccoli Cheese Arancini for the WIN WIN WIN! I can’t wait for you to try them. Be sure to dip in lots of marinara.

These 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.

Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

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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
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
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