Village Harvest Red Rice & Cheese Balls

★★★★★ 2 Reviews
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By Sherri Williams
from Crestview, FL

I've had rice balls before, but not like these I just created. The red rice is so nutty and delicious. I hope that you will give these a try. You will be pleasantly surprised how gosh darn good they are. For a healthier version, simply spray cheese balls with olive oil spray and bake at 350F until golden brown. They are YUMMY! Cooking with Love & Passion. sw:) https://www.facebook.com/CookingWithLoveAndPassion

serves 4-8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 c
    village harvest red rice
  • 2 c
    chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp
    feiny's eveything rub-or seasoning of choice
  • 2 md
    egg, whisked
  • 6 oz
    whipped cream cheese
  • 1/3 c
    italian blend cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh chives. chopped
  • 4
    fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 oz
    herb havarti cut into 8 cubes
  • DREDGE
  • 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 lg
    egg, whisked with a little water-egg wash
  • 1 c
    panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp
    feiny's eveything rub-or seasoning of choice
  • salt to taste
  • **feiny's rubs are no sodium or low sodium, if using another seasoning, adjust salt to taste**
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How To Make

  • 1
    Cook rice with stock and seasoning according to package. Allow to cool to room temperature
  • 2
    Combine egg, cream & shredded cheeses, chives and basil together in a mixing bowl. Transfer rice to bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • 3
    With wet hands, take a tablespoon of rice mixture, place a cube of havarti in the middle and then top with another tablespoon of rice.
  • 4
    Shape rice mixture into "8" balls and roll in flour followed by egg wash and breadcrumbs. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes
  • 5
    Preheat deep fryer to 340 F. Fry rice balls for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. You may have to fry in batches. Drain on paper towels and serve with your favorite sauce. I served these with Fire Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. These would be great with marinara, sweet thai chili sauce or whatever your favorite sauce is.
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