April 19th is National Rice Ball Day! In celebration, I’m teaming up with Success® Rice to bring you a delicious and mostly healthy recipe for uniquely untraditional rice balls and a special product giveaway, so you can try some delicious recipes at home. Rice ball day is usually associated with traditional Japanese Onigiri. These oval or triangular formations of sticky white rice are often stuffed with salty fish and sometimes wrapped in nori (seaweed). However, raised in a Spanish Italian home, the first thing that comes to my mind on this food holiday is crispy, decadent Italian Arancini.
Stuffed with cheese or meat, Italian rice balls are soft and creamy on the inside and fried to crispy golden perfection. Arancini is typically made with creamy Italian Arborio rice, but instead of slaving away over a pot of risotto, I decided to give 10 minute Success® Rice’s fragant Thai Jasmine rice a try. Combined with classic Italian herbs, two kinds of cheese, smoky Prosciutto and coated with crispy Japanese Panko bread crumbs, these delicious rice balls get their crispy outside from a quick oven bake. They are the ultimate fusion of flavor and a triple treat of crispy, creamy and cheesy goodness!
You know I’m all about kitchen short-cuts and time savers, so I was beyond thrilled over the 10 minutes boil-in-bag concept. I was also super excited to open the box and find not one, but four separate servings of rice. What a bargain! Success® rice also comes in four naturally delicious flavors: whole grain brown, white, Jasmine and Basmati. My favorite is definitely the Thai Jasmine because it’s aromatic, distictive taste adds another layer of flavor to any dish. Stay tuned for some more delicious recipes featuring Success® rice or check out their online recipe collection for more creative ideas. Leave a comment below and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a box of complimentary Success® Rice!
Suggested Wine Pairings
These crispy, creamy Arancini pair beautifully with the lively white wines of Northern Italy, like Friulano, Soave, Pinot Grigio and old world Chardonnay.