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Little Rice Balls with Mushrooms and Mozzarella

Crocchette di Riso ai Funghi e Mozzarella

Mary Ann Esposito

Serves 4

Ingredients

1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes, then drained and chopped.  Liquid reserved for another use.
4 tablespoons Filippo Berio extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
5 ounces Arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine
3 1/2  cups hot vegetable broth
1 envelope powdered saffron dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 ball mozzarella cheese, cut into small bits
2 cups plain dry bread crumbs
4 egg whites, whisked until frothy
Filippo Berio extra light olive oil to fry

Directions 

Heat the olive oil in a 2 quart saucepan; add the garlic and rice and cook until the rice crackles and is well coated in the oil but is not browned. Stir in the wine and allow it to evaporate. Begin adding the broth a ladle at a time allowing the rice to absorb it before adding more. Cook until rice is al dente. Stir in the saffron and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.

With your hands scoop up about 1/4 cup of rice and make a small indentation in the middle.  Place a piece or two of the cheese in the hollow then top with another quarter cup of rice and enclose the cheese and compact it into a ball.

Coat the rice balls in breadcrumbs, then coat in the egg whites and then in bread crumbs again. 

Allow to “dry” on a tray for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile heat 6 cups of the olive oil to 375°F in a deep heavy duty pot or fryer.

Fry the rice balls a few at a time until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.

Serve with fresh tomato sauce on the side.

This recipe is featured on show 2417 - Give Me Rice.

item recipe is featured in Episode 2417 of Season 24.

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