Chuck’s Chocolate Chili Stuffed Arancini


Consisting of fried rice balls with a chocolate chili truffle, Chuck Hughes shares his recipe for this authentic Mexican treat.


TOTAL TIME: 2 hr. 40 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 2 hr. 0 min
Cook: 30 min
YIELD: 6 to 8 Fried Rice Balls

Chocolate Chili Truffles

3/4 cups 35% cream
10 ounces of bittersweet chocolate
½ tsp. cayenne pepper

Heat ¾ cup cream in a saucepan until just barely simmering. Add the chocolate and cayenne and stir until melted. Transfer to a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the chocolate mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Rice Pudding

1/4 cup butter
1 cup Arborio rice
4 cups milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, opened and seeds scraped
1/2 cup heavy cream
Zest from 1 orange
1/4 cup icing (confectioners') sugar

For frying

Canola oil, for frying
1 cup/250ml all-purpose flour
4 eggs,beaten
2 cups/500ml panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), ground to a fine powder
¼ cup icing sugar

For the rice pudding

In a pot, melt the butter on medium heat until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir, coating the rice in the browned butter for another 2 minutes. Add milk, sugar, vanilla bean and orange zest and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring every 5 minutes for about 45 minutes until the rice is cooked but still al dente. Remove from heat, cover with plastic wrap, let cool, and then put in the refrigerator.

Using damp hands to prevent the mixture from sticking to them, shape the rice pudding into golf-ball-size rounds, then flatten. Insert a spoonful of the chocolate mixture into the center and reshape the ball, enclosing the chocolate. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Heat the canola oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

Put the flour, eggs and panko in three separate bowls. Dredge each tapioca ball in flour, then dip in the egg mixture and coat with breadcrumbs. Fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Serve hot. Dusted with icing sugar.


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