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Tiny Bacon Arancini with Tonnato Sauce

Tiny Bacon Arancini with Tonnato Sauce

Baby Risotto balls

When the weather starts to cool down and you need a delicious snack try these delicious bacon arancini with tonnato sauce.
By Tania Cusack

Summer is drawing to a close but it’s not time to pack up the entertaining kit just yet. As it gets a bit cooler a warm canape/snack with drinks might be just the ticket.  Thats where these tiny risotto balls will work a treat. Dont skip the tonato sauce, it is the perfect sauce – really give it a try.  You can make these a day or two ahead and store them uncooked in the fridge. Fry them when you want to eat them or an hour or so ahead so that they are room temperature or warm.

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Tiny Bacon Arancini with Tonnato Sauce

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-12 1x


When the weather starts to cool down and you need a delicious snack try these delicious Baby Rice Balls.


  • 1 cup of risotto rice ( carnaroli or aborio)
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 rasher of derinded diced bacon ( opt. add peas or mushrooms)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic ( otp)
  • 750 ml ( 24.5 ozs )chicken stock ( warm)
  • 100gm grated parmesan ( 1.75 oz approx)
  • 3050gm butter (12 oz)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley


  1. Sweat the onion , bacon, garlic and rice on low in a medium pot until soft without browning.
  2. Gradually add the hot stock , stirring and letting the stock absorb after each addition. All rice is a little different. You may need all of the stock or less. The rice should be cooked through and be quite a firm mixture. Add more or less stock according to the way your mixture looks.
  3. Add the salt and pepper, parmesan and butter and mix well. These ingredients bind the Arancini. Spread onto a tray and cool. Preferably in the fridge.
  4. When cold roll into walnut sized balls and dip in flour ,egg then crumb. Put back into the fridge till needed. Fry in oil till golden
** Only fill a medium pot with vegetable oil, 1/4 to 1/2 way. This is safer and all that is needed. Fry in batches and rest on absorbent  paper

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
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