Tuesday, June 26

Suppli-Italian Fried Rice Balls

One of the best uses for left over rice is Suppli or Italian Fried rice balls. These yummy Roman treats make a great appetizer, snack, or side dish. I enjoy having one or two for a midday meal and goes great alongside some tomato sauce for dipping.

This will make 8 fried rice balls
Full time: 30-40 minutes (does not include rice cooking time)

You will need:

3 eggs
2-3 ounces mozzarella cheese, I like using the little balls
2 cups cooked white rice, I usually use short grain
1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs, or homemade fine breadcrumbs seasoned lightly

Vegetable oil for frying

Let us begin:

*Just a little hint, I use glove when doing this, rice tends to get sticky
Line a plate with wax paper and set to the side.

In a large bowl mix one egg into the cooked and cooled rice. Make sure you can handle it but, don't let it get too cold or it won't stick. But not to hot, don't want to cook your egg.
Divide and shape rice into 8 balls.

Using your fingers gently make a hole in the center of a ball.

Drop mozzarella into the hole you just created, if using the little balls you'll want to drop two or three in.
Carefully close the ball up around the cheese.
Set ball aside and finish the rest.

Once your all stuffed. Beat remaining eggs in a small bowl and place the bread crumbs in another.

Gently dip ball into egg then roll around in bread crumb to coat.
Let these sit in a refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.

While these set, get 2" of oil heating in a pan over medium high heat.

Carefully ease  balls into the oil and fry for 3 minutes or until golden.

Flip over and fry additional 3 minutes or until golden.

Remove from oil and let sit on paper towel lined dish until all balls are cooked.
Transfer to serving plate and enjoy!