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“Sicilian Rice Balls”
Arancini di Siciliani
|Nanni Sauchelli's fabulous recipe, adapted from "Ciao Italia"|
1 cup Arborio rice
3 large eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 cup diced mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup diced prosciutto or ham
3 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley
2 cups fresh bread crumbs, toasted
1/4 cup homemade tomato sauce
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
In a saucepan, bring 2-1/2 cups water to a boil. Add the rice and cook for 15 minutes. The rice should still be quite firm. Drain and transfer to a bowl.
With floured hands, divide the rice mixture into 8 or 10 portions and roll each portion into a ball the size of a small orange. Poke a hole into the center of each ball with your finger and insert about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the mozzarella mixture. Reshape and smooth the balls to enclose the filling.
In a deep fryer or deep heavy pan, heat the vegetable oil to 375°F Now; fry the rice balls until they are golden brown on all sides. Drain them on brown paper and serve immediately, with the fresh tomato sauce.
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