The rice balls("Arancini di riso" in Italian) are a classic of Sicilian cuisine, they are mini pies fried rice stuffed with meat sauce, cheese and peas. Their name comes from the shape and golden color reminiscent of an orange, although the basic recipe is more or less similar in all of Sicily, there are differences in name and form which often struggles. In the western part of this specialty is known as "arancina"(orange), while in the east is called "kumquat". In Palermo they make it as round shapes, while in Messina is conical.

Small curiosity, December 13, on the feast of St. Lucia, in Palermo in Sicily there is the tradition to eat arancine.

See how to cook the recipe on Nyum: Rice Balls - Sicilian recipe


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