Sausage and Sage Arancini Risotto Balls

Sausage and Sage Arancini (Risotto Balls)
Servings: 24 Yield: arancini Prep 30 mins Cook 37 mins Chill 1 hr Fry 3 mins per batch


  • 2 links (about 6 oz) sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 24 1/2-inch cubes Fontina cheese (about 3 oz)
  • Marinara sauce (optional)

Make It

Risotto Balls

1. Heat a lidded pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage, breaking up with a spoon. Cook 6 minutes, until browned. Reduce heat to medium and stir in onion. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, until softened. Mix in garlic and sage; cook 1 minute. Stir in rice and wine, scraping bottom of pan to release brown bits. Cook until liquid evaporates. Pour in broth and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook 25 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Stir in salt and pepper. Spread rice on a rimmed baking sheet to cool 10 minutes, then refrigerate 1 hour.

2. Heat oil in a large, heavybottomed pot to 350 degrees (test with a fry thermometer). Scrape risotto into a large bowl and mix with egg and 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs. Using hands, form a ball around a cube of cheese with 2 tbsp of the mixture. Roll in remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Place on a baking sheet while continuing to form arancini.

3. Fry arancini in batches (no more than 8 at a time) for 3 minutes each, maintaining temp around 350 degrees (it will drop when arancini are added). Place on a paper-towel-lined plate; allow to cool slightly (cheese will continue to melt inside). Serve hot with marinara on the side for dipping, if using.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 24; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 100, Fat, total (g): 7, chol. (mg): 15, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 6, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 3, sodium (mg): 183, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.