Round or conical? Arancini or arancine? The master of the street food always divides the western and eastern Sicily on their form and gender. The arancino has a perfectly spherical shape in Palermo and western Sicily, where it is known by the “Arancina“, the feminine appellation; while in Messina and eastern Sicily is cone shaped and is called with the male version of “arancino”. Regardless of all this, grab rice, meat sauce and oil and be ready to enjoy one of the most representative dishes of the beautiful Sicily.
250 grams of rice quality or Carnaroli
3 egg yolks
1 sachet of saffron
30 g butter
100 g of grated Parmesan cheese
For the filling:
150 grams of ground beef
2 tablespoons olive oil
100 g of peas
100 grams of cheese or scamorza cheese type
2 tablespoons tomato sauce (or peeled tomatoes)
100 ml of red wine
2 eggs, breadcrumbs and frying oil
Boil the rice in about 600 ml of lightly salted water and, meanwhile, melt the saffron in a couple of tablespoons of water and add the egg yolks, then add all the rice. Complete with grated Parmesan cheese and butter, stirring well. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce for the filling by frying finely chopped onion with olive oil and butter. Add the ground beef, salt and cook over high heat. Add the red wine and let it evaporate. Then, add the tomato diluted in 200 ml of water, add salt and pepper and cook for 30 minutes. In the meantime, cook the peas with a little water during 10 minutes and chop the cheese. When the peas are cooked but still firm, add them to the sauce. As soon as the rice gets cold you can start to make writing the arancini. Put in your hand a thin layer of rice and crush it. Form a hole in the center and put a tablespoon of meat sauce and peas and a couple of pieces of cheese and then make another layer of rice. Once this is done, shape the arancini trying to get the classic ball. Once we have made the rest of arancini, dip them in beaten egg and breadcrumbs and fry in hot oil. Place them on kitchen paper and serve hot.