Sunday, September 13, 2009


Speaking of interesting named dishes... here's another one. I have seen these wandering around for a while, but every recipe I had run across called specifically for risotto. So it was put on the back burner -- until I saw this pop up on my google reader from Brown Eyed Baker.

I took a chance and used regular white rice, as the recipe just calls for "rice". Unfortunately these babies totally tried to fall apart on me when I was trying to make them into a ball -- something I think using risotto would definitely help with.

Adapted from: Always on Sunday by Marcia Russotto
via: Brown Eyed Baker

2 eggs
2 cups cooked rice
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut in ½-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
¾ cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat eggs lightly with fork. Add the rice and stir gently but thoroughly.

Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture, place a cube of mozzarella in the middle and then top with another tablespoon of rice. Shape into a ball and roll in the breadcrumbs. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the rice mixture.

Refrigerate pan of rice balls for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over rice balls.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

Makes: 16

Hmmm. I had my hopes up so much for these because they sounded SO good. I'm not sure what I did, but mine turned out a bit crunchy (even though the rice wasn't prior to baking them) especially on the bottom, and not really full of flavor like I was anticipating.

I for sure want to give these another try, but using my "go-to" risotto instead of regular white rice. I definitely think that will help boost the flavor and help the balls stick together.

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 150Calories from fat 37
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.1g6%
Saturated Fat 1.4g7%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 145mg6%
Total Carbs 22.7g8%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g2%
Protein 5.0g
Vitamin A 1%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 7%Iron 8%


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