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Italian Rice Balls

This is great to bring to functions (finger food).


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
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  • 2 cups olive oil


In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cheese, parsley, pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and refrigerate.

Pour water and 1 teaspoon salt into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in rice and reduce heat to low. Cook rice until water is almost absorbed, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and slowly pour in egg mixture, stirring rapidly to prevent egg from scrambling. Allow rice mixture to cool for 1 hour.

Pour bread crumbs into a pile on one end of a cutting board. Dampen hands and roll rice mixture into 1 inch balls, then coat each one with bread crumbs.

In a small, deep skillet, heat olive oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Should have enough oil to completely cover rice balls. Fry rice balls 6 at a time, turning as needed to ensure even browning. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.


Servings: 24
Time:45 Minutes Preparation Time
15 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: Allrecpies

By LRP from LWL, MA.

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March 23, 20100 found this helpful

This is a great recipe. I saw these being made in a cooking program in Sicily. They were made larger than yours, maybe the size of tennis ball. What they did after the ball was formed was to make a deep indentation into it,slip in a cube of cheese and hand ham and then cover with the rest of the ball of rice, bread crumbs and fry. You might like to try these this war.

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July 4, 20150 found this helpful

Do you have any tips on how to make them less dry?

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