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Meatless Monday with Vegan Fried Risotto Balls

Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

There are many variations of Arancini recipes; they could be tomato-based or stuffed with onions or peas or different types of meat for example. The one thing they generally have in common is that they all have a good quantity of cheese both in the rice itself and as part of the stuffed centre. But that doesn’t mean vegans should be left out of enjoying these tasty delicacies. According to the chef “Arancini are fried rice balls and they’re an Italian classic. This recipe is a twist on the classic arancini that will give you bite-sized balls crispy on the outside and stuffed with gooey cheesy goodness on the inside. Just dip then in marinara, and get ready to taste true happiness.” This delicious recipe comes courtesy of Kristen Genton of the Good & Guilty Vegan website, (an incredible site for vegans looking for recipes that are going to have you salivating on the screen – seriously…go have a look now) via the always inspiring One Green Planet.


  • 1/2 small white onion, finely choppedVegan Fried Risotto Balls
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup arborio rice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup vegan mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs or gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 3 cups canola oil
  • Truffle salt (optional)
  • Marinara, for dipping


  1. Heat the vegetable broth and water in a small pot.
  2. In a saucepan, heat your olive oil and sauté the onion until it’s just transparent.
  3. Add the garlic and cook it until fragrant.
  4. Add in your rice and stir it to coat in the oil. Let this toast for about 1 minute.
  5. Add the white wine. Continue to stir until wine is absorbed into rice.
  6. Start adding the water/vegetable broth mixture by the 1/2 cup. Once you add 1/2 a cup, stir the rice until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Continue to add liquid and stir rice until the rice is cooked through. You want the rice to be slightly overcooked and less liquidy. Once you add the last amount of liquid, keep stirring the rice for about another 5 minutes. You want it to be somewhat sticky and thick.
  7. Spread rice mixture onto a sheet tray and place it in the refrigerator until it’s completely cooled.
  8. Place cooled rice in a bowl and mix it with the cheese.
  9. Scoop it into equal sized balls and roll into the panko.
  10. Freeze risotto balls completely.
  11. Heat the oil to about 350°F (or put a little bit of panko in the oil and when it bubbles, it’s ready).
  12. Fry each risotto ball for about 5 minutes or until it’s golden brown. Remove from oil onto a paper towel and sprinkle with truffle salt. Serve with marinara.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.


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