Fried Rice Balls

Day 3 of the TABASCO 10-Ingredient Challenge and I'm pulling from my tailgating reservoir of recipes. Are you familiar with rice balls or otherwise known as Arancini balls? If not, you are in for a treat. My little guy and Naomi gobbled these down. But to be fair, fried food usually goes over well in my home. For these fried rice balls keep in mind I'm limited to keeping to only the ingredients listed below. Whoa! So while there are all kinds of ways to go crazy with rice balls, today I'm keeping it fuss-free and every bit as delicious. To start, I toasted some fennel seeds and mixed in the fronds of the fennel to the bread crumb mixture for an added layer of flavor. And of course since the traditional rice ball is stuffed with mozzarella, I stayed the course and just made sure to pack it with a copious amount. To finish I'm serving them alongside grilled fennel with salt and pepper in olive oil for dipping - a little sweet bite to cleanse your palate between between the cheese

Pour oil into a heavy bottom sauce pan a third of the way up. Heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 340 degrees F. Deep fry rice balls in batches until golden brown, about 1½ minutes...


Ingredients

  • 4 cups sticky white rice (something like basmati), cooked and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon TABASCO Chipotle Sauce
  • 9 mini mozzarella cheese balls, halved
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1½ teaspoons fennel seed, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons fennel fronds
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Peanut or grapeseed oil

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