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How to Make Vegan Arancini With Leftover Risotto

Vegan Arancini (Risotto Balls)

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Vegan Arancini, Vegan Risotto
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Freya


  • A couple of flat baking sheets or dishes for rolling purposes


  • cold, leftover Risotto (you can either make a batch using the recipe above, or make double the batch, so you can have risotto one day, and Arancini the next!)
  • 100 g (½ cup) coarse Polenta
  • 50 g vegan cheese of your choice, cubed
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying


  • Pour the cornmeal onto a plate so that your arancini can be transferred immediately to the plate once rolled. They are very sticky and need to be de-stickified as soon as possible.
  • Lightly flouring your hands, scoop out little dollops of the rice, placing into the palm of one hand and flatten slightly.
  • Place a couple of cubes of chopped vegan cheese into the centre of your risotto patty, then close the rice up around the cheese, ensuring it is completely enclosed.
  • Form a rough ball shape, then place onto your plate of polenta. Continue this until all the rice is used up. You should get around 8 large Arancini.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Now you can roll the balls in the cornmeal. Once coated you can carefully form them into a slightly more uniform round shape.
  • Heat the oil up to the point where a cube of bread turns golden and crisp in about a minute. If the oil is too hot, the polenta will just burn, too cool and the filling will ooze everywhere and absorb all the oil. Not nice.
    I prefer to shallow fry them as I am nervous about deep-frying, however, this is to your own preference.
  • Using a metal slotted spoon, drop two or three of the coated balls into the hot oil and cook for about 2 minutes. They will be a rich, golden colour and the cornmeal will have made a delicious, crisp shell around the meltingly hot rice.
  • Leave to drain on kitchen paper whilst you fry the others.
  • Serve with a tomato pizza sauce or dip of your choice.
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