Bacon Arancini with Black Currant Dipping Sauce

Bacon Arancini with Black Currant Dipping Sauce


4 tablespoons Bacon EVOO

3 each slices bacon, chopped

1 each small yellow onion, peeled and minced

4 each garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 cup arborio rice

1/2 cup white wine

3 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1 lemon, zested

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

4 cups EVOO

1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt pinch of black pepper

2 eggs, beaten

2 cup panko bread crumbs

Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup Black Currant Balsamic

1/2 cup currant jelly or jam

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup soy sauce

grated parmesan and fresh chopped basil for garnish



Preheat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add bacon and crisp until golden, about 3-4 minutes.

Add onion, garlic and rice and sauté until fragrant, 2 minutes more. Deglaze the pan with white wine, and once the wine is almost completely evaporated begin adding in the broth, 1 cup at a time (repeating with another cup, once most of the broth has been absorbed, and stirring occasionally).

Once all the broth has been added, sprinkle in the cheese, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Once the rice is tender (the mixture might still be a little soupy, that’s ok) remove from the heat and set aside to cool (this step can also be done the day before and refrigerated overnight)

Meanwhile, preheat oil in a large dutch oven or deep fryer to 350°F. Portion rice into medium sized balls (using a scoop or large spoon to help portion).

Season flour with salt and pepper, then set up your breading station by placing the seasoned flour in one bowl, eggs in another, and bread crumbs in a third.

Coat rice balls in the flour, then egg (letting any excess drip off) and lastly, the bread crumbs, repeat the breading process for all.

Carefully add a few breaded rice balls, working in batches, to the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crips, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on a wire rack or paper towels.

While the arancini are frying, combine balsamic, jam, ketchup and soy sauce in a medium bowl.

Whisk to combine the dipping sauce.

To serve, sprinkle arancini with parmesan and basil. Serve with dipping sauce on the side.

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