Ham and Cheese Arancini (Italian Fried Rice Balls)

Recipe by under12parsecs
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READY IN: 30mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Saute onion in 1 T butter over medium heat until translucent and beginning to brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • In a bowl lightly beat 2 eggs. Stir in cooked rice, ham, melted butter, Parmesan cheese, sauteed onion, seasoned salt, garlic salt, parsley and pepper.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Roll into 1-1/2-inch balls.and press a cheese cube into each ball, reshaping around the cheese.(I have used havarti and swiss in place of the cheddar with fantastic results!).
  • Place the flour into a small bowl. Whisk 2 eggs in a second small bowl. Place the dry breadcrumbs in a third small bowl.
  • Dip each ball into flour, then into the egg and then into the breadcrumbs.
  • Heat oil to 375 degrees, then fry rice balls until golden brown (about 4 minutes). You can also shallow fry them in oil, turning to brown.
  • Drain on paper towels and enjoy! They are nice dipped in french onion dip, ranch dip or all on their own.
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“Yummy, comforting deep-fried rice balls filled with ham and onion, stuffed with melty, gooey cheese! I came up with these tasty little morsels after having something similar at a tapas restaurant in my hometown. Sadly, that restaurant closed its doors, so I was forced to recreate my favorite dish. *I have made these with havarti and swiss cheeses instead of the cheddar: all are equally good!* NOTE: After reading the review, please note: You definitely want to use rice that is somewhat sticky. Do not use leftover fluffy rice that has had the starch rinsed off as they will not hold together well.”