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Fried Risotto Balls

Ingredients

  • 6 cups risotto, cooked, spread on a baking sheet, chilled
  • 8 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 24 (1/4 pound) Mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 cubes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups bread crumbs, fine

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

4 minutes

Serves:

8

Guests won’t be able to resist these crunchy and gooey hors d’oeuvres and will be delighted to find melted cheese at the center of this treat.

Why Try? Everyone loves meatballs—these risotto balls will make an excellent counterpart to them at your holiday party.

Foodie Byte: Most of the work can be done a day in advance. For over-the-top cheesiness, serve with a cheese sauce for dipping. For additional flavor, start with a flavored risotto such as mushroom. This is an excellent hors d’oeuvre to serve halfway through the party to bring new interest to the food.

Preparation

  1. Dip fingers in water and shape 2 rounded tablespoons chilled risotto into a (1 1/2") ball around a cube of Mozzarella. Roll in palm of hands to make a smooth ball. Place ball on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Repeat until you have formed 32 balls. Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigeration until ready to fry. (The recipe may be prepared a day in advance to this point.)
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil to 360ºF-370ºF. (Use a deep fat or candy thermometer to gauge the temperature).
  3. Put flour, eggs and bread crumbs in separate bowls. For each risotto ball: roll in flour and shake off excess; dip in egg and let excess drip off; roll in bread crumbs; transfer to a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  4. Using a metal slotted spoon or skimmer, lower six balls into the oil. Fry until golden brown, approximately 3 to 3 1/2 minutes per batch of six. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Repeat until all the balls are fried.
  5. The risotto balls are best if served immediately. They may be held in a 250ºF oven while the remaining balls are fried.

Nutritional Information

Calories 402, Carbohydrates 27g, Cholesterol 78mg, Fat 27g, Fat Calories 240, Fiber 0.98g, Protein 12g, Saturated Fat 8g, Sodium 378mg. Daily Values: Calcium 240.34mg 24%, Phos 87.37mg 9%, Copper 0.02mg 1%, Zinc 0.54mg 4%, Panto 0.22mg 2%, Biotin 3.01mcg 1003%, Iodine 12.29mcg 8%, Magnesium 5.34mg 1%, Iron 1.15mg 6%, Vitamin B6 2%, Vitamin B12 4%, Vitamin D 3%, Vit E-a-Toco 5%, Vitamin A 3%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.