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Telephone Wires

Suppli al Telefono
These rice balls get their name from the stringy cheese filling. Take a bit out of a hot ball and filaments of cheese will pull away from the center of the ball, hence the name telephone wires!

Makes 12


1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

1/2 cup diced prosciutto di San Daniele

3 eggs

Salt and pepper to taste


2 cups raw Arborio Rice, cooked in broth or water


1 cup bread crumbs

2 cups peanut oil


Mix the mozzarella, parsley, Parmigiano and prosciutto in a large bowl.  Beat 1 of the eggs and add to the mixture.  Blend well.  Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste

With wet hands take small clumps of risotto, about a half cup or the size of a small orange, and with your fingers, form a ball.  Poke your finger in the middle to create a hole and push in some of the cheese mixture.  Close the ball tightly, using more rice if need be.

Line up 3 dishes and put some flour in one, beat the other 2 eggs in the next, and put the bread crumbs in the third.  Dredge the balls in the flour, dip in the egg and roll in the crumbs.  Put the balls on a plate and refrigerate them for 15 minutes.

Fry them in the oil until golden brown.  Serve hot.

This recipe is featured on show 2120 - Handmade Fresh Cheese.


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