This delicious take on rice and the chance to reinvent a constant leftover around the house opened up a brand new possibility. I cook rice often, Olivia has it with her crispies and sautéed carrots, so we always have leftover rice in the fridge and frankly, Jimre and I got tired of fried rice and rizskóh. In the case of rizskóh I just add whipping cream] But for any other rice dish, I would need more rice.

Serve Italian rice balls as a side or as a snack. They are great with or without sauce. I didn’t quite figure out if Italian rice balls were made with a stickier [cheaper] rice or that my rice making skills were the culprit, but I found these were not so easy to make. Plus the rice was a leftover, perhaps freshly cooked, warm rice would stick together more willingly, but boy I am glad I tried this recipe, because it was delicious, especially the following day. This just moved into my comfort food category and I will be looking forward to making it again. “Don’t crowd the fry pan”, no kidding, I had several balls fall apart on me. 

Italian Rice Balls

2 cup cooked rice
2 eggs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
finely chopped parsley
Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups fine breadcrumbs
oil for frying

  • Place the fine breadcrumbs in a shallow dish and set aside.
  • Combine the rice, eggs, cheese, parsley, seasoning and salt.
  • With wet hands scoop up a heaping Tbsp of rice and press it into a ball.
  • Place it in the breadcrumbs.
  • Roll two more balls and place it in the breadcrumbs.
  • At this point you will have to wash your hands.
  • Coat the 3 rice balls with breadcrumbs and set it aside.
  • Wash the hands again and make 3 more rice balls.
  • Continue the process until all the rice used up.
  • In a large non-stick skillet heat up the oil on medium heat.
  • Fry the rice balls 4-5 at a time. Do not crowd the pan, or the rice balls will fall apart.
  • Gently turn rice balls with a fork for even browning.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve warm.

You don't need a lot of oil to fry these. But most definitely, don't crowd the pan like this. From this batch I had 4 rice balls fall apart.

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