Italian Rice Balls

"This recipe is from Momma's Italian web site. I have not tried this yet, but will be trying it soon, it sounds like a wonderful appetizer. This is another recipe for the ZWT 7 - Italian Tour."
photo by Karen Elizabeth photo by Karen Elizabeth
photo by Karen Elizabeth
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  • Using a 4 liter pot, cover the rice with water and bring to boil.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes, then cool until cold.
  • Add the eggs, parmesan cheese, salt, parsley and garlic and mix by hand.
  • Mold the balls into desired shape.
  • Then fill a deep frying pan with mazzola oil …enough to cover at least half of a rice ball…heat oil and carefully add the rice balls.
  • The balls will cook fast, so make sure to turn them quickly, when golden brown place on plate to cool.

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  1. Jostlori
    Oh, baby! These are sooooo good! We had these as a side with Pork Scallopine, but in the future I can see these as a most excellent appetizer. I would serve with some sort of dipping sauce, like marinara, aioli, or a pesto. I did have to add a bit of bread crumbs, because the mix was a bit gloppy and didn't hold together well - but perhaps I left the rice a little too wet. Not a problem - they fried up very nicely and were crispy and delicious! Make sure to eat them while they're hot! Thanks for a great recipe, BK! Made for Culinary Quest 2014.
  2. Karen Elizabeth
    Interesting!!! In the end, I made the rice a day or so ahead, and left it in the fridge, which I think is maybe not a bad idea, although it was only because I didnt have time to do the whole recipe at one time! So when I actually came to make them, the rice was well chilled and mixed easily. I didnt make a tremendous success of frying them off, I rarely deep fry and could obviously do with some practice. It worked, however, my first few in particular looked fab, and I must tell you, we really enjoyed these tasty bites!!! We had eaten out a few days earlier and had starters which included corn fritter/balls, and my husband immediately said that these were MUCH nicer!!! I will definitely give these another go to refine my technique, and because we really enjoyed them! Thanks BK, this recipe was make and enjoyed for Consideration Tag Game
  3. MarraMamba
    This is very like my arancini recipe but i use tomato sauce in the rice and fill the middle with mozza cubes. I liked the fact it wasn't a lot of breading and the flavor was great.


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