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Sicilian butter rice arancine

The most delicate of the traditional Sicilian arancine

by Ada Parisi
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Arancini di riso siciliani al burro e al ragù

The recipe of Sicilian rice arancine with butter, one of the two most popular versions of this traditional street food, He became one of the symbols of Sicilian cuisine in the world. More delicate than RAGU RICE ARANCINI’, These Sicilian white arancine enclose a soft filling made of béchamel sauce, cheese, peas and ham. My grandmother, Palermo, instead of ham often put meat agglassata (ie cooked with white wine and onions) frayed.

The ingredients of Sicilian arancini with butter

Now, as you see I have called this recipe “Sicilian arancini”. But for me that are Messina are and will always “Sicilian arancini”. The sex of this recipe symbol of traditional Sicilian cuisine are fought fierce battles, but I have to live and let live. Half Sicilia calls them and always call one way and the other half in another. In the case of Sicilian rice arancini with butter, The risotto is a risotto alla parmigiana, well seasoned with butter and plenty of grated cheese.

You can use a caciocavallo Ragusano Dop if you love strong flavors or a more delicate Parmigiano Reggiano Dop if you prefer softer ones. Many people call 'white arancine' and Sicily are greatly appreciated. On my channel You Tube, You can find the VIDEO RECIPE step by step traditional rice arancini with ragout with all the procedure to be followed also in the case of butter.

As always: I don't put eggs as a binder in the Sicilian white arancine risotto, why the Carnaroli rice (the only type of rice that I recommend you use, although many use Arborio or Roma rice) releases starch. And grated butter and cheese bind it perfectly. But if you want to feel more confident, You can add to the risotto two yolks stirring vigorously and then proceed according to the recipe.

As for the breading, I follow the ancient tradition of using eggs, flour and breadcrumbs. Many prefer to avoid eggs and use a batter made from water and flour, then bread the arancine in breadcrumbs. I always say it, By now you will have it to bore: I don't like this method. But you are free to do what you prefer.

In addition to Sicilian rice arancine with butter, to be perfectly “sicilian style” I recommend you also try the sensational TRADITIONAL MESSINA RICE ARANCINI in the typical pyramidal shape, with mortadella in the stuffing and the sauce inside the risotto. And have a look, Obviously, all my SICILIAN RECIPES. Have a good day.

Arancini di riso siciliani al burro e al ragù

Arancine SICILIANE BUTTER (doses for 10 croquettes average size)

Portions: 8 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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500 grams of Carnaroli rice

extra virgin olive oil

a small shallot

a little white wine

100 grams of grated Parmigiano Reggiano PDO or caciocavallo ragusano PDO

60 grams of butter



100 grams peas already boiled in salted water

200 grams of scamorza or provolone cheese , provola dei Nebrodi or unseasoned caciocavallo ragusano PDO

150 grams of ham of excellent quality

250 grams of very dense béchamel sauce and topped with copious amounts of nutmeg (here the recipe)




2 egg whites and 1 whole egg


peanut oil for frying


To prepare the traditional recipe of butter arancini, first of all make risotto: chop the shallot and let it wither in a saucepan with the oil, Add the rice and toast, then Deglaze with white wine and, When the alcohol has evaporated, start cooking by adding hot water or light vegetable broth. The risotto arancini to always be cooked al dente, because it is important that the rice is al dente because then it will have to rest and be fried: then you have to cook it at least 7-9 minutes less than usual.

Stir vigorously with butter and grated cheese, then spread the rice on a platter or a tray in a thin layer and allow to cool completely (at least 3 hours, but all night keeping it in the refrigerator).

Coarsely chop the ham, cut the cheese into cubes.

Composition of the Sicilian arancini butter: take a handful of rice and, holding it in the Palm of your hand, obtain a flat 'conca' about one centimeter thick. Put a generous spoonful of bechamel, Add the peas, cheese and ham. Then take another portion of rice and place it on top of the filling, crushing the arancina in his hands until he forms a ball the size of a tennis ball, adding a little risotto if necessary so you don't let the filling out.

For the Breading of Sicilian arancini according to the traditional recipe to prepare three dishes: one with flour, one with the two egg whites and the whole egg well beaten and slightly salty and one with the bread grated. Pass the arancine first in flour, then in the beaten egg and finally in the grated bread. You can fry them immediately or store in refrigerator: in the second case, then again in bread crumbs before frying them.

Fry Sicilian arancine with butter in abundant peanut oil. If you have a thermometer, fry at 160 degrees. In any case, frying must be done with care to fire not too high, because even though it's already all 'cooked', the heat must be able to melt the cheese inside the arancini but not strong enough to darken the outer crust too much. Considered a cooking time of about 5 minutes per arancina. Bon appétit!


THE ALTERNATIVE: Some use a breading without eggs, made with a batter of flour and water in which is dipped the kumquat before being passed in the breadcrumbs. A me non convince, but it is an excellent solution for those who are allergic to egg protein.

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