This Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini is a fun and unique appetizer fit for starting any delicious meal at home. Much easier than you would think and bursting with flavor.
If you haven’t heard of arancini, don’t feel bad! You’re not alone. I recently was at one of my favorite restaurants and saw “arancini” listed on the appetizer menu and of course had to google it to find out exactly what it was. Basically it’s a rice ball deep fried…almost like a fried meatball made of rice. We ordered them OF COURSE and I was instantly in love. I could have eaten them for our entire meal. When I got home, I knew I had to try to make them on my own, but wanted to get a little creative with the recipe. I decided to make Bacon Broccoli Cheese Arancini, and I wasn’t disappointed. The flavors of bacon, broccoli, and sharp cheddar really shine in these warm and toasty treats.
- 3 cups cooked white rice
- ¼ 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 ½ 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