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1 hr 40 mins
1 hr 30 mins
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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- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste (recipe originally called for 1 tsp)
- 2 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth or 2 1/4 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked white rice
- 1 1/2 cups dried breadcrumbs
- 2 cups olive oil or 2 cups vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, in cubes (optional)
- 1In a bowl whisk together the eggs, Parmesan cheese, basil or parsley (I prefer basil), pepper, and salt; cover and refrigerate.
- 2Pour 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.
- 3Cook the rice until liquid is almost absorbed, about 15 to 17 minutes.
- 4Remove 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.
- 5Pour bread crumbs into a shallow dish.
- 6Dampen your hands with water and create 1-inch balls from the rice mixture, then coat each one with bread crumbs.
- 7In 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.
- 8Fry the rice balls 4 to 6 at a time, turning as needed to ensure even browning.
- 9Drain on paper towels, then serve warm as is or with a bit of marinara sauce.
- 10Another 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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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