Italian Rice Balls

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Directions Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saute the garlic and onions until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the meat and cook until browned, breaking up large pieces...

  • Yield: about 2 dozen
  • Cooking time: 1 Hour 45 Min
  • Rating: 4/5
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, diced small
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled Arborio rice (cooked until just done, not overcooked)
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups breadcrumbs with Italian seasoning
  • Marinara Sauce, recipe follows, or store-bought
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Three 28-ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

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