Rice Balls

Gina Talarico


This is a great appetizer, dinner party or finger food dish. Kids love them and they disappear quickly and will soon become a family favorite…Mangiare!

Authentic Italian Recipes from the region of Calabria in Southern Italy.


★★★★★ 1 vote



  • 2 c
    rice (riso superfine arborio)
  • 4
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp
    parsley (we like parsley so we add more)
  • 1 pinch
    salt to your desired taste
  • 2
    large garlic cloves (use 3 cloves if small)

How to Make Rice Balls


  1. Using a 4 liter pot, cover rice with water, bring to boil. Simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is soft or well cooked. Let cool until cold.
  2. Add 4 eggs, parmesan cheese, salt, parsley and garlic to the rice in a large bowl.
    Mix well – Mush it, squish it and mix all ingredients by hand.
  3. Mold the balls into desired shape (helps to coat your hands with oil to avoid sticking)
  4. Fill a deep frying pan with Mazola corn oil…enough to cover at least half of a rice ball…heat oil and carefully place the formed rice balls into the heated oil.

    Turn quickly, when golden brown place on plate and allow to cool.

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About Rice Balls

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers
Hashtags: #rice, #balls, #arborio, #riso

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