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    Kittencal's Ground Beef and Feta Rice Balls

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    39 mins

    35 mins

    4 mins

    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    Crunchy on the outside with a delicious ground beef-rice filling oozing with melted chunks of feta cheese, I would suggest to purchase the block of feta cheese and coarsely crumble into small chunks, you may freeze the remainder of the feta to use for another time --- due to the high sodium amount in the feta cheese and Parmesan cheese I strongly suggest to season with salt until after you have added both cheeses --- I have listed the yield at 35 balls this is only estimated you may get a few more more or less, good thing this makes lots you will have them gone in not time! --- you may adjust amounts to suit taste, this recipe is very versatile.

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    • 1/2 lb ground beef (or use spicy or mild Italian sausages with casings removed)
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped (garlic-lovers use more)
    • 3 cups cooked rice, firmly packed when measuring
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1/3 cup melted butter
    • 2/3 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
    • 2 tablespoons dried parsley (can use 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley)
    • 1/3 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese (can use more)
    • 1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional add in for more garlic flavor)
    • salt & freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 egg (may need another egg)
    • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
    • oil, for deep-frying


    1. 1
      In a skillet cook the ground beef with onion and garlic until browned; drain fat then transfer to a large bowl, cool slightly.
    2. 2
      Add in the rice with the next 6 ingredients; using hands mix to combine, then season with salt and pepper and some garlic powder if desired for more garlic flavor.
    3. 3
      Chill the mixture for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    4. 4
      Shape into about 1-1/2-inch balls.
    5. 5
      In a small bowl lightly beat the remaining egg.
    6. 6
      Place the dry breadcrumbs into another bowl.
    7. 7
      Dip each rice ball into the egg then coat in the breadcrumb mixture (I would suggest to coat all the balls and place on a plate before starting to fry them).
    8. 8
      When you have all the balls on the plate flatten down slightly with the palm of your hand this will allow for a quicker and more even browning.
    9. 9
      Heat oil in a skillet or a deep-fryer to 375 degrees.
    10. 10
      Fry the balls until golden brown (about 3-4 minutes).
    11. 11
      Serve with hot marinara sauce.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 24, 2009


      What a delicious way to use left over rice! I truly enjoyed this wonderful gem! Perfect amounts of every ingredient! I did make one change - instead of frying the meatballs I browned them, then slow cooked them in Kittencal's Beef Gravy (204187) Absolutely the best! I will be making exta rice just to make this recipe! Thanks KITT!!! Another gem from Kittencals Kitchen! :) kitty

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    • on January 07, 2012


      Awesome recipe! I took some to work because this makes a lot of rice balls and everyone enjoyed them!!! You are the best Kittencal!

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    • on August 19, 2011


      This is Very Good! I used brown rice so had to add another egg and some flour so it would remain in a ball. It's good without any kind of sauce.

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    Nutritional Facts for Kittencal's Ground Beef and Feta Rice Balls

    Serving Size: 1 (1325 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 82.2
    Calories from Fat 37
    Total Fat 4.1 g
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    Cholesterol 27.9 mg
    Sodium 94.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 3.5 g

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