Keto Arancini
Arancini are a classic Italian appetizer made with risotto, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried. This keto-friendly version uses cauliflower instead of rice and is baked instead of fried, resulting in a healthier dish that's just as flavorful. The almond flour and Parmesan cheese add a rich flavor and help to bind the arancini together, while the Italian seasoning gives them a subtle herbal note. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.
Arancini are a classic Italian appetizer that dates back to the 10th century. They were originally made with leftover risotto, which was formed into balls and then coated in breadcrumbs and fried. Over the centuries, arancini have become a popular street food in Italy, and there are now many different variations on the classic recipe. This keto-friendly version of arancini is a healthier take on the traditional dish. It uses cauliflower instead of rice, which makes it low in carbs and gluten-free. The arancini are also baked instead of fried, which reduces the amount of fat and calories. Despite the changes, these arancini are still just as flavorful and satisfying as the traditional version.
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Prep time: 25 | Cook time: 20 | Serves: 4
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Steam cauliflower florets until tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Mash cauliflower in a large bowl until smooth.
  4. Add almond flour, Parmesan cheese, egg, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to the mashed cauliflower and mix until well combined.
  5. Form the mixture into 12 equal-sized balls.
  6. Place arancini on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Why It Works
  • Cauliflower is a great substitute for rice in this recipe because it has a similar texture and flavor. It's also low in carbs and gluten-free, making it a good choice for people on a keto diet.
  • Almond flour and Parmesan cheese add a rich flavor and help to bind the arancini together. They also help to give the arancini a crispy exterior.
  • Italian seasoning gives the arancini a subtle herbal note. You can use your favorite blend of Italian seasoning, or make your own with a combination of dried oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary.
  • Baking the arancini instead of frying them reduces the amount of fat and calories. It also makes them easier to make, as you don't have to worry about splattering oil.