Baked Rice Cake with Ham and Cheese

Baked Rice Cake with Ham and Cheese
Baked Rice Cake with Ham and CheeseWilliam Hereford

This easy cake version of arancini is a unique spin on Sicily's popular fried rice balls. At Caffe Latino in Palermo, saffron-hued risotto-style rice is spread in a pan, layered with thinly shaved ham and mozzarella, and baked until crunchy and crisp on the outside for a unique version of the popular Sicilian fried rice balls called arancini. Be sure to use thinly sliced fresh mozzarella, which will add moisture and disperse evenly into each bite. This cake version of arancini can be prepared up to 2 days ahead of time and baked when you're ready to serve.