Sicilian Rice Balls
Arancini di Riso
Preparing Sicilian Rice Balls is somewhat of an art. This Sicilian appetizer is stuffed with cheese and meat and coated with a light crispy batter. They faintly resemble the color and texture of an orange after frying.
Sicilian Rice Balls can be served as snacks, for holiday parties or as a light dinner served with a nice salad. They will take a couple of hour to make but they are well worth the effort. There are many variations of this recipe. The stuffing varies but the technique is still the same.
This is a delicious recipe for Sicilian Rice Balls, but fortunately for me if I get too busy there is a little storefront neighborhood Italian restaurant a few blocks from my house that make some of the best.
INGREDIENTS4 cups of cooked rice1 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese4 egg whites4 egg yolks2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs1/2 cup of tomato sauce1/2 pound of ground beef1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded1 clove of garlic, finely chopped1 cup of peas, cooked1/2 tsp of salt1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
PREPARATIONIn frying pan sauté the ground beef breaking up the meat into little pieces.Add the garlic, salt, pepper, peas, mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of tomato sauce.Simmer together for about 10 minutes.Let the mixture cool down.Add the egg yolks and the Parmesan cheese to the rice.Add the remaining sauce to the rice a little at a time.Roll the rice into balls shaped like a medium sized oranges.Poke a hole into the center of the rice and insert around 2 Tbls of the meat mixture.Pat the ball with the unbeaten egg whites and roll into the breadcrumbs.In a large frying pan, fry the rice balls in the olive oil until golden brown.
Serve hot. Makes 4 to 6 rice balls.
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