Italian Rice Balls Recipe

Looking for an easy Italian Rice Balls recipe? Learn how to make Italian Rice Balls using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by jarpan

Makes 4 servings



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.

Recipe Ingredients for Italian Rice Balls

2 eggs
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried basil or dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
2 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 1/2 cups dried breadcrumbs
1 tbs vegetable oil

Recipe Directions for Italian Rice Balls

  1. In a bowl whisk together the eggs, Parmesan cheese, basil or parsley (I prefer basil), pepper, and salt; cover and refrigerate.

  2. Pour 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 and reduce the heat to low.

  3. Cook the rice until liquid is almost absorbed, about 15 to 17 minutes.

  4. Remove 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.

  5. Pour bread crumbs into a shallow dish.

  6. Dampen your hands with water and create 1-inch balls from the rice mixture, then coat each one with bread crumbs.

  7. In 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.

  8. Fry the rice balls 4 to 6 at a time, turning as needed to ensure even browning.

  9. Drain on paper towels, then serve warm as is or with a bit of marinara sauce.

  10. Another 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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First Course

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 257.0g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
435
Calories from Fat
94
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
10.4g
16%
Saturated Fat
3.3g
17%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
100mg
33%
Sodium
787mg
33%
Potassium
176mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates
67.3g
22%
Dietary Fiber
2.4g
10%
Sugars
2.8g
Protein
15.8g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 19% Iron 26%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
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