Italian Rice Balls Recipe
These cheesy deep-fried rice balls are served with Italian dinners as a side like a bread. They're great with sauce and pasta dishes.
Italian-inspired rice balls made with lean ground beef are rolled in crumbs and baked, not fried. They are flavored with Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, and served with prepared pasta sauce.
Arancini (Italian fried rice balls) are a great warm appetizer that can be easily cooked in the air fryer. Pair with any dipping sauce, such as pesto or marinara.
They are first of all, REALLY TASTY. I made 4 times the recipe since when I make rice I always make 4 cups of raw rice at a time. Mine fell apart too at first, but guess how I fixed them? I tried googling and followed a suggestion to add egg yolk to the mixture. Did NOT do the trick. I then added LOTS of bread crumbs and blended them right in. Luckily I had tons of homemade bread crumbs in the freezer. Worked like a charm! Then shaped them into balls, as per instructions, breaded them, and refrigerated them, (as they are time-consuming, so I decided to deep-fry later), and they worked fine. The balls were cold from the refrigerator when I deep-fried them, so actually that may have helped them to hold their shape in the end. Next time, I may end up using sticky rice to see if that helps... One aspect of my rice which probably did not help to make the mixture stick, is that I added oil to the rice (which the recipe did not call for), since I always fry my raw rice before adding water, but right afte
ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE!!! I make these rice balls all the time, but a little differently. I add about 1/4-1/2 cup finely chopped onion, about 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and 1-8oz. can tomato sauce, along w/ the other ingredients.If the mixture is a little too wet I add some extra parmesan cheese or breadcrumbs. I form them into balls and stuff a cube of mozzarella cheese into the center,sealing it completely inside, then fry until golden. FANTASTIC!
What a great recipe. Very easy to make. I put a piece of motzarella cheese in the middle of the rice ball. I also used Italian bread crumbs for more flavor.
Great recipe... I made two types Vegetable & Chicken they were awesome.
Not only are these really, really yummy (especially with a thick red sauce), but I find that I usually have everything I need to cook them on hand. I made these for "Cooking Night" with my friends and they were gone in seconds. They are quite labour intensive though.