Italian Rice Balls

Recipe by Julesong
READY IN: 1hr 40mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a bowl whisk together the eggs, Parmesan cheese, basil or parsley (I prefer basil), pepper, and salt; cover and refrigerate.
  • Pour the chicken broth (or water and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt) into a large saucepan and bring to a boil; stir in the rice, cover and reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook the rice until liquid is almost absorbed, about 15 to 17 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and gradually pour in egg mixture, continually stirring rapidly to coat the surface of the rice and prevent the egg from scrambling; allow rice mixture to cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Pour bread crumbs into a shallow dish.
  • Dampen your hands with water and create 1-inch balls from the rice mixture, then coat each one with bread crumbs.
  • In a small, deep skillet, heat enough oil to cover the rice balls to an adequate frying temperature (350 degrees F) so that a piece of rice from the mixture actively sizzles when dropped in; alternately, a deep fryer may be used.
  • Fry the rice balls 4 to 6 at a time, turning as needed to ensure even browning.
  • Drain on paper towels, then serve warm as is or with a bit of marinara sauce.
  • Another nice touch you can use with these is to put a small cube of mozzarella cheese in the middle of each rice ball!
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