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Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce

Posted on 11 February 2019

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce

Traditional Italian arancini are savory, made with leftover risotto. We ate all our (very non-traditional) Risotto already, but we did have some leftover Rice Pudding in the fridge. Which, as it turns out, has a very similar texture to day-old risotto, score! We glanced around the test kitchen for inspiration, Naural Oak Wood Extract? Not quite right. Peach Swirl? Intriguing, maybe once the weather warms up a spiced peach might be nice. Mexican Coffee Liqueur Type Syrup! Now that would go brilliantly with the horchata flavors of our rice pudding. And that, friends, is how this recipe came to be.

If you're looking for a special occasion to break out the fry thermometer, we think Valentine's Day is an excellent time for chocolate-dipped things and these bite-sized treats are perfect for sharing with your special someone!

Amoretti's Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce starts with leftover rice pudding

We'll start our Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce with leftover Rice Pudding!

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Whisk eggs.

Three bowls of destiny! Or flour, lightly beaten eggs, and crispety crunchety panko.

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Toss in flour.

flour clings so tightly / to the gooey rice pudding balls / fingers are sticky

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Toss in panko.

From flour to egg to panko, the journey from rice pudding to arancini is meditative. Continue your deep breathing as you bread each one.

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Bread them all.

There, all done! While our arancini rest in the fridge and our oil comes up to temperature, let's whisk up that luscious dipping sauce.

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Dipping sauce ingredients.

Three simple ingredients make up our Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Simple, but delicious!

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Pour cream.

Warmed cream and melted chocolate are whisked together until smooth; this won't be instantaneous, give them a moment to come together in perfect harmony.

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Pump Mexican Coffee Liqueur Type Syrup.

A generous dose of our Mexican Coffee Liqueur Type Syrup brings a wonderful depth to our sauce. Give it another whisk and decant into a lovely vessel for serving, it can hang out at room temperature while we fry up the arancini.

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Fry arancini.

Ah yes, now that our oil is a balmy 350℉ we're ready to fry! Add just a few at a time, both to prevent a single mass of arancini (sadness) or dropping our oil temp too much (which would increase our fry time and might make our arancini greasy).

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Golden perfection.

golden perfection / arancini are a treat / sharing, ov'rrated

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. Fried arancini.

Place them on paper towels to drain slightly while the rest are frying. A fork will keep your fingers clean but we won't tell anyone if you jump right in there with your bare hands!

Amoretti Recipe: Horchata Arancini with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce. WORDS.

Here's the full recipe!

Ingredients

HORCHATA ARANCINI
  • 1 cup leftover Rice Pudding
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko
  • oil, for frying (grapeseed, peanut, and soybean oils are best)
MEXICAN COFFEE DIPPING SAUCE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
  • deep fry thermometer
  • spider or slotted spoon
  • sheet pan lined with paper towels

Directions

HORCHATA ARANCINI
  1. Portion rice pudding into bite-size portions and roll into balls.
  2. Toss in flour, gently shaking off excess. Plop into eggs, fully coat. Finally, place in panko and coat evenly.
  3. Once all balls are battered, refrigerate for about 30 minutes to firm up.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350℉ in a deep pot.
  5. Drop a few arancini balls at a time into the oil and fry until panko is a lovely golden brown.
  6. Serve hot along with Mexican Coffee Dipping Sauce.
MEXICAN COFFEE DIPPING SAUCE
  1. Melt chocolate over a double boiler.
  2. Slowly whisk in cream and Mexican Coffee Liqueur Type Syrup.
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