This dish is a favorite of our family, we first had them at a little Italian restaurant. I looked up a recipe and modified it to match as closely as I could to the ones we love!
First you need to make the Arborio rice. I did mine just like I’d do risotto. I made 1 1/2 cups but next time I will double that. This made 5 orange size rice balls.
For the Arborio rice.
Melt two tablespoons of butter and cook rice for about 2 minutes. Add 1/3 – 1/2 cup of white wine. I just kind of eyeballed the amount. Let that cook off and add two ladles of boiling chicken stock (you can use water, I use the chicken base mixed with water for more flavor). And stir until it is absorbed, then add two more and so on until the rice is tender. I find it take about 20 minutes or so to do this. Since I’m just using base and water I just mix a few cups up and use what I need. Take off the heat, add grated parmesan cheese about 1/2 cup, salt & pepper and two eggs. Mix well and cool.
For the filling.
I cooked 1 lb of pork and cup of peas, the was a lot more filling than I needed so keep that in mind. I’m going to make another batch of rice tomorrow and make more with the filling. You could use the leftover in Stromboli, in soup or with pasta for another meal.
For the sauce.
I diced and sautéed one onion and two cloves of garlic until tender and added one can of diced organic tomatoes, a little salt & pepper.
To form the rice balls.
Put some of the rice in your hand and cup it add a scoop of the meat & peas and some mozzarella. You can use shredded or fresh, I had shredded in the refrigerator so that’s what I used this time. Then take more rice and cover the filling and form into a ball. Press so it stays together. Dip in egg and Italian bread crumbs.
Fry in Canola oil. I used a heavy, deep pot and heated until I got a sizzle when I put a crumb in it. Mine wasn’t deep enough to submerge the entire ball so I just gently rolled it until all sides were a nice golden brown.
Serve with sauce, a salad & garlic toast or fresh bread!
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