100% Proudly NZ Owned 

Pumpkin and parmesan arancini with salsa verde

Pumpkin and parmesan arancini with salsa verde


  • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) chicken stock
  • 2 tbs foodies Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 350g peeled pumpkin, coarsely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup (220g) arborio or carnaroli rice
  • 3/4 cup (60g) finely grated parmesan
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (140g) fresh breadcrumbs
  • Sunflower oil, to deep-fry
  • Lemon wedges, to serve


  • 1/2 bunch each mint & flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp chopped capers, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) foodies Extra Virgin Olive Oi.


1.Place stock in a saucepan over low heat to heat through.

2.To make the arancini, heat oil in a large, deep frypan over medium-high heat. Add onion, pumpkin and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until pumpkin softens. Add rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until rice is well coated and heated through. Reduce heat to low, add the hot stock and bring it to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until the liquid is completely absorbed and the rice is tender. Stir through parmesan, season and spread evenly over a baking tray. Chill for 45 minutes or until completely cooled.

3.Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs in separate shallow dishes. Using floured hands, roll 1 heaped tablespoon of the cooled pumpkin mixture into a ball, then roll in flour, dusting off excess. Dip in egg, letting excess egg drip off, then roll in breadcrumbs. Repeat with remaining pumpkin mixture. Place arancini on a baking tray and chill for 30 minutes or until firm.

4.Meanwhile, to make the salsa verde, place herbs, lemon zest, vinegar and capers in a food processor and whiz until finely chopped. With the motor running, gradually add oil in a thin, steady stream until well combined.

5.Half-fill a deep-fryer or large saucepan with sunflower oil and heat to 180°C (a cube of bread will turn golden in 90 seconds when the oil is hot enough). In batches of 4, deep-fry the arancini, turning halfway, for 3 minutes or until golden and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.

6.Serve the arancini hot or at room temperature with salsa verde and lemon.

Previous Post Next Post

  • foodies for food lovers