Friday, December 4, 2015

Baked Rice Balls

Baked Rice Balls: Savory Sweet and Satsifying

Rice balls are an Italian food, called Arancini Di Riso, which means balls of rice. The traditional rice balls are deep fried, but since I do not deep fry things, I decided to try and bake them.

It turns out you can bake them and they are delicious. Now to be fair I have never had rice balls before let alone the deep fried version, but I was extremely happy with my baked version.

Before baking the rice balls I refrigerated them for about 30 minutes, but the cheese still melted out on me. So I recommend freezing them for 30 minutes to help prevent the cheese from melting out. Even though the cheese melted out a little they were still delicious and did not last long.

Baked Rice Balls


  • 2 cups cooked and cooled arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ounces mozzarella, cut into 8 small cubes
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs

For Serving (not included in the nutritional info):

  • marinara sauce


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In a small bowl gently beat 1 egg and in another small bowl add the breadcrumbs. Set both bowls aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the rice, Parmesan cheese and 1 egg. Mix thoroughly (hands work best for this).
  4. Take a small amount of the rice mixture in your hand and place a mozzarella cube in the middle and form the rice around the cheese cube to form a ball.
  5. Dip the ball into the egg and then coat in the breadcrumbs, gently shake of any excess breadcrumbs.
  6. Place the rice ball on the prepared baking sheet and repeat this process until all of the rice mixture has been turned into a rice ball.
  7. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 400ยบ F.
  9. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
  10. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 883

Total Fat


Saturated Fat


Polyunsaturated Fat


Monounsaturated Fat


Trans Fat








Total Carbohydrates


Dietary Fiber






Vitamin A 12.5% Vitamin C 0%

Calcium 74.6% Iron 7%

*Nutritional information will vary depending on the brands you use.

*Adapted from Just a Taste.
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