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Baked arancini (lighter, equally delicious!) – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Baked arancini - Recipe by Tavolartegusto

The Baked arancini I’m a light variant perfect for those who don’t want to fry of the classic Sicilian Arancini! They are made with the same typical reciperice stuffed with ragù with peas and caciocavallo in the center. They round out in your hands, then they are breaded to perfection, but in this case we cook them Baked rice balls for a result lighter but believe me equally delicious! Imagine them crispy on the outsidesuper tasty stringy!

Baked arancini - Recipe by Tavolartegusto

By now you know, often I enjoy revisiting the great classics in a lighter key; It was like this with the baked Mozzarella in carrozza, or with the baked cutlets, and I must say I satisfied everyone a little! This time I thought of transforming it into a light key Sicilian street food par excellence! I’m honest, I was a little skeptical, mainly I was afraid they wouldn’t keep their shape instead, thanks to the trick of cooling them in the fridge, they turned out baked arancini perfect! in taste, texture and even appearance! So much so that I even prepared them with leftover rice , and believe me they turned out even better because the mixture was more compact. Excellent hot freshly baked not only like appetizersbut also how first course, they are nice and substantial and are delicious even the next day. Simply heat them up a little to make the heart go stringy again.

Baked arancini recipe


Preparation Cooking Total
30 minutes 1 hour 1 hour and 30 minutes

Cost Kitchen Calories
Bass Italian 453 Kcal


Quantity for 10 pieces


How to make baked rice balls

First of all, boil the rice in plenty of water and salt, drain al dente and stir in the pan with butter and saffron. Then transfer to a baking tray to cool and compact well.

Then dedicate yourself to the ragù by chopping onion, celery and carrot, fry in oil, then add the minced meat and brown for 1 minute, then add the wine and let it evaporate.

Finally add the puree, bay leaf, cloves and cook for about 50 minutes. at the end of cooking it should be dense and creamy, add the peas and cook for another 10 – 15 minutes without crushing them.

Then remove the bay leaves and cloves, let them cool well and add the grated caciocavallo cheese and a pinch of salt. Leave aside to cool.

Rice and filling must be perfectly cold.

Formation of baked arancini

Take a handful of rice and round the shell with one hand, hollow out with the other, so as to have a concave for the filling:

how to make baked rice balls - Recipe by Tavolartegusto

Then add 2 teaspoons of ragu with peas and a piece of caciocavallo, then a teaspoon of rice on top and round with your hands. If you want to create the conical shape, follow the original version

At this point the trick for cooking arancini in the oven

Once you have made all the balls, place them in the fridge for 30 minutes so that they harden even better, this step will ensure that they do not open during cooking!

Finally when you prepare the breading. add flour and water to a bowl to form a batter. First pass them in this batter then dip them in the breadcrumbs, round them very well between your hands so that they will be very compact.

Then place on a baking tray previously lined with baking paper with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

arancini ready for cooking in the oven - Recipe by Tavolartegusto

Finally, cook in a very hot static oven at 180° in the middle part for about 25 minutes. Check halfway through cooking, turn them over and continue, if necessary add a few drops of oil.

Here are yours ready Baked arancini

baked arancini recipe - Recipe by Tavolartegusto


You can store them raw in the fridge ready to cook for 2 days or you can freeze them directly raw. If you have already cooked them, they will keep for the next day very well.

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Salmon are fatty – AltroFood – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Carbonara when it was invented

Salmon And fats they are two words that often go hand in hand in culinary discussions, especially among cooking and food and wine enthusiasts. The question of fat content in salmon is crucial not only for those following a specific diet but also for those trying to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. Understanding the nature of the fats present in salmon and their impact on our diet is essential for making informed food choices.

Salmon are fatty

Salmon is renowned for its high content of good fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients are essential for our bodies, as they help keep the heart healthy, reduce inflammation and support brain development. However, it is important to distinguish between the different types of salmon available on the market, as their fat content can vary significantly.

The wild salmonfor example, tends to have a lower fat content than farmed salmon. The latter, in fact, is often fed with diets with a high lipid content to accelerate its growth, resulting in a greater accumulation of fat. Despite this, farmed salmon remains a good source of omega-3, but it is also true that it can contain higher levels of contaminants and additives than its wild counterpart.

It is also relevant to consider the cooking method, as it can influence the final fat content of the dish. Cooking methods such as to grill or the steam cook tend to preserve the omega-3 content of salmon, while techniques such as fry they can increase the content of saturated and trans fats, less health benefits.

For those interested in experimenting with a healthy and tasty way of preparing salmon, I recommend trying the recipe for baked salmon au gratin, which combines the nutritional benefits of salmon with a cooking method that preserves its qualities.

In short, salmon is a fish that stands out for its high content of good fats, in particular omega-3, which play a crucial role in our diet. However, it is essential to make informed choices regarding the type of salmon and cooking method to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks associated with its consumption. As we have seen, salmon offers not only nutritional advantages but also great versatility in the kitchen, making it a precious ingredient for anyone who wants to follow a healthy and balanced diet.

Because the gnocchi are soft – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Carbonara when it was invented

Because the gnocchi are mushy is a question that torments many cooking and food and wine enthusiasts, who try their hand at preparing this classic traditional Italian dish. The consistency of the gnocchi is fundamental to the success of the dish: they must be soft enough to melt in the mouth, but at the same time maintain a certain tenderness that enhances the flavor without becoming mushy. Understanding the underlying causes of mushy gnocchi is therefore essential for anyone who wishes to master the Italian culinary art and ensure excellent results.

Because the gnocchi are mushy

The question of the consistency of gnocchi is closely linked to several factors, including the quality of potatoesthe amount of flour used, and the dough handling. First of all, it is important to select potatoes with a low water content; varieties such as yellow-fleshed potatoes are often recommended for their ability to absorb less flour, thus reducing the risk of obtaining gnocchi that are too hard or, conversely, too soft if you use too much water.

Another crucial aspect is the amount of flour engaged. Too much flour can make the gnocchi too firm, while too little can cause them to fall apart during cooking, resulting in soft and unappetizing gnocchi. The key is finding the right balance, adding flour little by little and constantly evaluating the consistency of the dough.

There dough handling it also plays a decisive role. Overworked dough will become elastic due to gluten formation, leading to tough dumplings. On the contrary, an insufficiently mixed dough may lack the necessary cohesion, resulting in gnocchi that fall apart easily.

Finally, the cooking it is a critical moment: the gnocchi must be immersed in boiling salted water and cooked until they rise to the surface, a sign that they have reached the right consistency. Overcooking can make the gnocchi too soft and compromise their structure.

For those looking for a detailed guide on how to prepare perfect potato gnocchi, I recommend consulting this recipe: Potato gnocchi: a timeless classic.

In short, the preparation of gnocchi requires attention and care at every stage, from the choice of ingredients to cooking. By following the advice listed above and practicing, you can obtain gnocchi with the ideal consistency, ready to be enjoyed with your favorite seasoning. As we have seen, the key to success lies in carefully balancing all the elements involved.

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