Italian Tacky Fried Rice Ball Appetizer Recipe

These fried bites of tacky rice are a scrumptious appetizer that can maintain you coming again for extra! This recipe comes courtesy of Eva’s mom, Mamma Rosa. These are considered one of her private specialties, and no household gathering is full with out a large platter of her crocchette di riso.


Italian Tacky Fried Rice Ball Appetizer Recipe | Make “Crocchette di Riso”

A Fast Word on Components

Relating to dishes like this the place a “dough” is created from a mix of elements, it’s essential to measure by eye and really feel to a sure extent. Cheese, as at all times, will be added in response to your style. We’ve given an excellent beginning quantity under, however Mamma Rosa’s philosophy is that extra cheese is rarely a nasty factor.

With the ingredient quantities we’ve listed, one egg will most likely be ample with the intention to create a mix that’s smooth and moldable, however nonetheless agency sufficient to carry as much as frying. Use your judgement and be happy so as to add one other egg if the combo feels too dry and crumbly. Conversely, if it feels too moist and sticky, you possibly can at all times treatment the feel by including (you guessed it) extra cheese.

Watch the Pasta Grammar video the place we make Crocchette di Riso right here:


Makes: About 10 crocchette

Prepare dinner Time: 1 hour

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Salt

  • 2/3 cup (150g) arborio, vialone nano or carnaroli rice

  • 2.5 oz (70g) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 2.5 oz (70g) grated pecorino Romano cheese

  • 1 egg

  • 1-2 tbsp chopped parsley

  • Contemporary black pepper

  • Nice bread crumbs (about 1 cup, however attempt to maintain loads available)

  • Frying oil (olive oil is nice, in any other case use a impartial oil of your alternative)

  • Pot

  • Nice colander or mesh sieve

  • Massive mixing bowl

  • Picket spoon

  • Plate

  • Deep pan for frying

  • Forks

  • Paper towels

Deliver a pot of water to boil and salt it generously. Add the rice and prepare dinner as directed by the package deal, or till “al dente” to your style. Drain the rice and switch it right into a mixing bowl. Whereas it stays sizzling, completely stir within the grated cheeses, egg, parsley and pepper. As a result of the cheese seasons the rice (with out ever over-salting it, regardless of how a lot you add!) you shouldn’t want so as to add any extra salt. Let the combination cool for a minute or two earlier than continuing to type the crocchette.

Pour bread crumbs onto a flat plate. Scoop out an enormous spoonful of the rice combination and roll it by hand right into a small torpedo form, about 3 inches (~7.5cm) in size. Take care to make sure that it’s easy, with no seen cracks or gaps. Mud the crocchetta within the bread crumbs till it’s fully and evenly coated. Set the crochetta apart and repeat till you might have used all the rice.

Fill a deep pan with about 2 inches (5cm) of frying oil and warmth it over medium/excessive. Give the oil loads of time to preheat. You possibly can take a look at the oil by dropping in a bread crumb or small morsel of the rice combination. If it begins to bubble and fry straight away, the oil is sizzling sufficient.

Working in batches in order to not overcrowd the pan, fastidiously drop the crocchette in. Utilizing a few forks, gently flip them within the oil in order that they fry evenly on all sides. After they grow to be golden brown, fastidiously elevate them out with the forks to a paper towel to empty.

Serve heat and recent for finest outcomes. Chilly leftovers are nonetheless irresistible.

Buon appetito!

Wish to attempt the “superior,” stuffed model? Take a look at our recipe for the unbelievable Sicilian Arancini!