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Rice Balls

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Easy Recipes, Special Italian Foods

2 cups (500 ml) rice (riso superfine Arborio)
4 eggs
1/2 cup (125 ml) parmesan cheese
1 tbsp parsley (we like parsley so we add more)
pinch salt to your desired taste
2 each large garlic cloves (use 3 cloves if small)



  1. Using a 4 liter pot, cover rice with water, bring to boil.
  2. Simmer for 20-25 minutes
  3. Cool until cold
  4. Add 4 eggs, parmesan cheese, salt, parsley and garlic
  5. Mix well – Mush it or mix all ingredients by hand
  6. Mold the balls into desired shape (helps to coat your hands with oil to avoid sticking)
  7. Fill a deep frying pan with Mazola corn oil…enough to cover at least half of a rice ball…heat oil and carefully place the formed rice balls into the heated oil.
  8. turn quickly, when golden brown place on plate to cool.

This is a great appetizer to bring to a dinner party or finger food for the entire family. They disappear quickly and will soon become a family favourite…. Mangiare!

4 Responses to “Rice Balls”

  1. tina Says:

    My Nonna makes these all the time. I grew up on them every Sunday for dinner. I love them. Now I make them for my family and they love them too.

  2. marlene Says:

    On my second attempt they came out almost the same as my mother-in-law’s. Helpful hint: I used a bowl of water with a little bit of oil to dip my hands in before making the balls – this prevented the rice from sticking to my hands.

  3. Karen - Margaret River, Western Australia Says:

    Thank you for this recipe. The rice balls were delicious and weren’t allowed to cool before they were eaten up! I apparently didn’t make enough… Thank you again :))

  4. Gina Says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for visiting. The recipe for rice balls are becoming a site favorite 🙂 Ciao and Mangie Bene!

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