How to make it

  • To make the filling heat oil in frying pan and cook onion and garlic until soft .
  • add ground beef cook until no longer pink
  • add tomato paste and about 1/2 cup of water
  • stir occationally until thick
  • add peas and cook for a few more minutes. let cool
  • To make the rice bring broth to a boil and add rice and butter, salt to taste, cover reduce heat and cook until rice is tender about 18 minutes
  • remove rice from heat and stir in the cheeses, let cool slightly and stir in the egg yolks
  • to assemble : THIS is the HARD PART
  • beat egg whites in a shallow bowl until foamy
  • dip your hands in cool water and then pick up about a 1/3 of a cup of rice and form into a ball
  • make a hole in the ball and add a tablespoon of the meat mixture and top it with a piece of the mozzerella cheese, close up the rice and form around the meat & cheese adding more rice if neccesary.
  • gently squeeze the ball together to compact rice.
  • roll the ball in flour
  • then in the egg whites to coat
  • then cover with the breadcrumbs making sure it is completely covered. place them on a rack until all are completed
  • it is easier if you put your hands in the cool water before trying to mold the rice.
  • place the rack in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more to dry
  • pour about 3 inches of oil into a heavy saucepan or deep fryer.
  • with a slotted spoon or skimmer drop balls in one at a time
  • do not crowd
  • cook until golden brown all over about 4 minutes
  • keep cooked rice balls in oven on warm while you cook the rest.
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  • NPMarie 9 years ago
    These sound like they are well worth all of the work! Thanks Laurie:)
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  • Good4U 10 years ago
    Nice Post! I will give it a try:)
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    " It was excellent "
    cookingfun ate it and said...
    Looked at it several times and today I finally tried it. Used 1/4 cup ground pork and 1/4 cup ground round for the meat. Added some diced jalepeno pepper to the onion and garlic and simmered in some fresh basil after adding the tomato paste and water. Other than that, followed the recipe exactly. Forming the rice balls went smoother than I anticpated. Came out wonderfuly delicious.
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  • chuckieb 10 years ago
    These are so cool Laurie. Never really heard of them before. Thanks for a great post!
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  • huxter 11 years ago
    I still read every recipe I can for these Sicilian delicacies ,our family favourite .This one is as good as I've found .I've eaten them in Sicily too as all the vendors sell them when you get off the ferry . They remind me of my Sicilian nonna ,gone many years now but I can still see her old gnarled hands shaping arancini .
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    " It was excellent "
    jlv1023 ate it and said...
    Love these rice balls, yours are a little different than the one I posted, check it out too,

    High 5
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  • conner909 11 years ago
    Wow! You're right...two people making these are better than one! I've bookmarked this for my women's card party dinner. thanks for sharing!
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    " It was excellent "
    choclytcandy ate it and said...
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    " It was excellent "
    justjakesmom ate it and said...
    Wow, that IS a lot of work, but they sounds delicious! Now... where do I find someone to help me do this?.......
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    " It was excellent "
    peetabear ate it and said...
    this sounds great... i can see why you were trying to get the recipe from you MIL...!!!

    thank you for sharing..five forks

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  • christinem 12 years ago
    Believe it or not, I've been looking for a good recipe for these! A little market near us sells them for lunch and I've always wanted to try making them at home! THANKS!!!
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  • lilliancooks 12 years ago
    Bravo!!! You did it!!! Sounds perfect!
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    " It was excellent "
    californiacook ate it and said...
    One of my favorite Italian appetizers. Thanks for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    wynnebaer ate it and said...
    They really are so much work....Kudos to you!!
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  • mrtnzangel8 12 years ago
    Now you are just teasing me...where's the rest of the recipe? lol I see it. :)

    That does look like a lot of work. But it sounds so good.
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