Corned Beef Arancini

Written by chanie on September 30th, 2013

I love the challenge of turning leftovers into something new. Especially after a long holiday, when the last thing you want to do is eat the same food you’ve been eating for a week. I open my fridge, take out all the leftovers and spread them out on the counter. Then, like a Chopped-Champion-Wannabe, I play around with my ingredients to make something new, fresh and exciting.

In the past, I whipped up a lightened up turkey pot pie with my leftover turkey roast. When I was challenged to come up with a dish for my leftover corned beef and some delicious risotto that was too good to throw away, I knew just what to make. Arancini made the perfect light dinner, with a side of leftover vegetable soup.

If you’re not familiar with arancini, it’s a traditional Italian dish of fried rice balls made with leftover risotto. While risotto is usually made with parmesan, salty corned beef makes the perfect substitute in this meat version. If you don’t keep kosher (as I do), feel free to add a bite of gooey mozzarella in the center.

If you’ve got other leftovers from the holiday and your family is turning their noses at the idea of eating it – think outside the box. Turn your leftover chicken into chicken pot pie or your leftover mashed potatoes and brisket into shepherd’s pie. Your extra matbucha can become some breakfast shakshuka or your leftover salmon can turn into the perfect pasta dish. If you need inspiration – I’m up for the challenge! Just message me on Facebook and I’ll give you some ideas!

Other leftover ideas:

leftover cake: quick & easy individual trifles
leftover rice: pineapple fried rice
leftover challah: perfect pareve french toast
leftover chicken: curry chicken salad or Asian chicken salad or pulled chicken sammies
leftover salmon: salmon cakes or salmon pasta salad

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  1. Jillian says:

    Yum! So smart and what a great looking appetizer!

  2. Hindy says:

    I’ve made arancini with cheese, but never with meat! Such a great way to use up the leftover corned beef!

  3. These are probably so addicting! I can see myself eating quite a few of these!

  4. Leftover recreations are so fun — there are some dishes that I make so that I can make some of my favorite leftover dishes. I’m going to try this one too.

  5. Ronnie Fein says:

    I also love to use leftovers. Never thought of arancini, but what a great idea!

  6. I love arancicni and always make it with leftover risotto. My son loves it but hates that I almost always have mushrooms in mine. He would love this version.

  7. Um, wow these look amazing! Great use of the corned beef.

  8. What a great way to use leftover risotto! I am sure my kids will love this recipe.

  9. stephanie says:

    love this. i always make risotto dairy, but i still like the idea of frying up the leftovers!

  10. I love that you created something new and gorgeous with your leftovers. So smart.

  11. This looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Maria and Alan says:

    I made these after making a batch of risotto straight from the airport souvenir shop in Rome. A trafe heathen that I am, I put applewood smoked ham in mine and used panko seasoned with Italian herbs. They were great! I had 24 done in about 30 minutes. Thanks for the “what to do with leftover risotto and making your posts SEO friendly so I could find the recipe in the first place!

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