Aged Cheddar Arancini

Aged cheddar has nutty, toasted, hazelnut flavors that go well with The Cowgirl and The Pilot Merlot.


  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup shredded aged cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • rice flour
  • water
  • vegetable oil, for frying


  • 1Bring the broth and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat to low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let cool completely.
  • 2Combine cheeses in a bowl and fold in cooked rice.
  • 3Shape the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  • 4Mix the rice flower and water to get the consistency of wet sand.
  • 5Roll the balls in the rice flour mixture and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Loosely cover and refrigerate, at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • 6Heat 1/2-inch vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°. Working in batches, fry the rice balls, turning, until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; season with salt.

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