Thank you Rio Luna Organic Peppers for sponsoring this post!
One of my all time favorite appetizer recipes has got to be Italian arancini. These crispy fried cheese-filled rice balls are the ultimate comfort-food snack. So when my friends at Rio Luna Organic Peppers asked me to create some Game Day appetizer recipes featuring their high-quality organic peppers and chiles these bites of ooey-gooey happiness came to mind. Arancini are the perfect vehicle for the flavors of jalapeño poppers.
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Click on the video below to watch me make these Jalapeño Popper Arancini…
I added Rio Luna Diced Jalapeños, pepper jack and mozzarella cheese and cilantro with cream cheese to bind it all together. The jalapeños add just the right amount of heat and pair perfectly with the melty cheesy center for a delicious Game Day snack. Rio Luna Organic Peppers and Chiles are perfect for adding flavor and heat to dishes and their new labels feature a special heat index meter so you know how spicy each of their pepper products will be. Kick up your Super Bowl app table this weekend to next level snacking with these spicy jalapeño popper arancini.
some time-saving tips…
You’ll want to use cold risotto for arancini so it’s best to make a big batch the day before or up to 3 days before and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to prep them. You can also save leftover risotto if your making it for dinner one night and use it for this recipe. The filling ingredients can be halved to make a smaller batch.
You can also prep the filling up to 3 days ahead of time and scoop it into 1 tablespoon balls the refrigerate them until the day you plan to make the arancini.
Making arancini is an involved process and takes a little time but the results are well with the extra effort. That crunchy fried exterior encasing creamy risotto and molten hot spicy jalapeño popper filling will have your guests salivating. These jalapeno popper arancini won’t last long, trust me.
I served these with a simple cilantro and lime juice chutney that cools the spicy heat of the jalapeños.
Rio Luna Organic Peppers and Chiles are certified organic, GMO-free, kosher, fat free, low calorie and cholesterol free and have been used by professional chefs for years because they are of the highest quality and are grown and produced with care.
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