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About this recipe: An Italian rice ball made with white wine risotto, and a gooey mozzarella center. Fantastic for lunch or dinner - can be frozen.


Serves: 18 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup (200g) uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) boiling chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup (60g) frozen green peas
  • 50g finely chopped ham
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup (40g) finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 110g mozzarella cheese, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1/2 cup (60g) plain flour
  • 1 cup (100g) dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil for deep frying

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring until onion is soft but not browned. Pour in the rice, and cook stirring for 2 minutes, then stir in the wine, and continue cooking and stirring until the liquid has evaporated. Add hot chicken stock to the rice 1/3 cup at a time, stirring and cooking until the liquid has evaporated before adding more.
  2. When the chicken stock has all been added, and the liquid has evaporated, stir in the peas and ham. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat, and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Transfer the risotto to a bowl, and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Stir the beaten egg into the risotto. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining egg and milk with a fork. For each ball, roll 2 tablespoons of the risotto into a ball. Press a piece of the mozzarella cheese into the center, and roll to enclose. Coat lightly with flour, dip into the milk mixture, then roll in bread crumbs to coat.
  4. Heat oil for frying in a deep-fryer or large deep saucepan to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F). Fry the balls in small batches until evenly golden, turning as needed. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a low oven while the rest are frying.

These freeze well before or after frying. Fry frozen uncooked rice balls as in step 4. For already fried, reheat in a preheated 350 degree (175 degrees C) oven for 25 to 20 minutes.

These are not suitable to microwave

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