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    Italian Rice Balls

    Italian Rice Balls. Photo by Chef Mama IT

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    1 hr 40 mins

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    Julesong's Note:

    Rice symbolizes prosperity and wealth, so rice balls are good for New Year's and wedding celebrations. I love these tasty little morsels, and they go well with many different kinds of food! I've served them with various meats and seafood, and they're always welcome at my table. :) Prep time includes chilling.

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    1. 1
      In a bowl whisk together the eggs, Parmesan cheese, basil or parsley (I prefer basil), pepper, and salt; cover and refrigerate.
    2. 2
      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.
    3. 3
      Cook the rice until liquid is almost absorbed, about 15 to 17 minutes.
    4. 4
      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.
    5. 5
      Pour bread crumbs into a shallow dish.
    6. 6
      Dampen your hands with water and create 1-inch balls from the rice mixture, then coat each one with bread crumbs.
    7. 7
      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.
    8. 8
      Fry the rice balls 4 to 6 at a time, turning as needed to ensure even browning.
    9. 9
      Drain on paper towels, then serve warm as is or with a bit of marinara sauce.
    10. 10
      Another nice touch you can use with these is to put a small cube of mozzarella cheese in the middle of each rice ball!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 21, 2011


      My Good Italian friend told me about these, and the next day I made them. I found them easy to make , no problem with the rice holding together. I added some Garlic salt and Chopped Basil that added some Flavor. I used a Ice-cream scoop to make my balls which helped with the size being consistant and also you have to have a bowl of water to keep your hands wet while forming your balls....They were Awesome and I can see they will be a New Favorite in my house !!!!!

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    • on October 06, 2007


      This is a great method...Just the way I do it. I always add the mozzerella cheese in the middle and I also mix peas into the rice mixture.

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    • on July 24, 2011


      I made these two days ago for the first time, my family loved them. I ended up making them again last night. I used Ricotta cheese last night- would not recommend using it again, the rice balls did not stick together very well. Over all my family loved them and I have a very pickly eater and she said to definately make them again :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Italian Rice Balls

    Serving Size: 1 (1514 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 276.1
    Calories from Fat 208
    Total Fat 23.2 g
    Saturated Fat 3.5 g
    Cholesterol 20.0 mg
    Sodium 159.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 3.5 g

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