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Italian Rice Balls
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Rating: 4.0/5 (22 votes cast)

Meal Type: Appetizer
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Cook Method: Stove
Difficulty: Easy
Cuisine: Italian
     Serving Size: 4 - Change
Nutritional Facts
Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 1504
% Daily Value**
Total Fat 131g
Saturated Fat 70g
Unsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 259mg
Sodium 1616mg
Total Carbohydrate 52g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A  12%Vitamin C  3%
Calcium  70%Iron  18%
Potassium  7%Vitamin E  5%
** Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutritional Data from USDA SR21 Database. Nutritional information is estimated and may vary.

Italian Rice Balls

Date Added: December 03, 2015
Like most Italian recipes, this recipe requires several different ingredients and is a tad difficult to create this dish. With proper preparation, it will give you a dish that is rich in taste and flavor.


2 cup White Rice Cooked
3 Eggs beaten
1/4 cup Flour
1 cup Romano Cheese grated
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon Pepper
3 Cloves Of Garlic mined
2 Fresh Parsley Sprigs chopped
1 cup Dry Bread Crumbs
2 cups Vegetable Oil
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1. Wash and drain the rice and place in a 2-quart saucepan which can be covered.

2. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil, uncovered.

3. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cover, simmering for 20 minutes, and then removing from heat and leaving covered for another 20 minutes.

4. In a mixing bowl, stir into the rice the melted butter, parsley, parmesan or Romano and the beaten eggs.

5. Gently but thoroughly blend and leave to cool.

6. In a skillet, saute together the ground pork and beef. Drain off any fat and cool.

7. Add to this the diced coldcuts and cheeses, mixing all together well by hand.

8. With moist, but not wet hands, form a ball of the rice mixture roughly the size of a golf ball (about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches in diameter) in the palm of one hand, and, using the other thumb, make a depression as deep as the first joint of your thumb.

9. Into this depression, place some of the meat/cheese mixture. Pull the rice surrounding the hole over the filling to cover and seal the filling.

10. When all of the balls have been formed in this fashion (you may or may not have a bit of filling left over), dip each ball quickly in beaten egg and then roll in breadcrumbs to coat.

11. Heat the peanut oil to 350 F in a skillet or wok. You want the oil to be about as deep as the radius of your finished rice balls.

12. Fry the rice balls a few at a time, gently turning with a spoon until light brown all over.

13. Drain the cooked rice balls on brown paper and keep warm until serving.

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Dietary Notes:
This recipe is a good source of Vitamin A with 12% of your daily recommended intake per serving.
Food Allergy Information:
This recipe contains potential food allergens and will effect people with Wheat, Egg, Gluten, Rice, Cheese, Garlic allergies.
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