Appetizers

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Makes 8 rice balls

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Makes 8 rice balls

For the perfect appetizer, serve these rice balls alongside prepared marinara sauce.

Nutritional information per rice bite:Calories 269 (41% from fat)
carb. 17g
pro. 15g
fat 10g
sat. fat 2g chol. 90mg
sod. 500mg
calc. 106mg
fiber 1g

Ingredients

  • 2cups water
  • ¼teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1large egg, beaten well
  • 3tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • ¼cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1ounce mozzarella cheese, cut into 1-inch x ¼-inch pieces
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • ¼cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • olive oil, for spraying
  • 1cup prepared marinara sauce, for dipping

Preparation

  1. 1. Put the rice, water and salt into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil,
  2. stirring occasionally. Once rice comes to a boil, cover and reduce
  3. heat to a simmer until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is
  4. tender (follow package instructions for timing). Allow to fully cool.
  5. 2. In a small bowl, combine the egg, Pecorino, ricotta, parsley and
  6. pepper. While mixing and fluffing the rice with a spoon, mix in the
  7. egg and cheese mixture. Spread the rice onto a parchment paperlined
  8. baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  9. 3. Once the rice has chilled, use slightly wet hands and scoop 3 tablespoons
  10. of rice into a ball. Repeat with remaining rice. Stuff each ball
  11. with one piece of the mozzarella and re-form if necessary.
  12. 4. Place the AirFryer Basket onto the Baking Pan and coat with
  13. nonstick spray.
  14. 5. Put the breadcrumbs into a small bowl. Gently toss each rice ball
  15. into the breadcrumbs and transfer to the basket. Spray or brush
  16. liberally and evenly with oil.
  17. 6. Place assembled basket/pan into oven in the upper rack position.
  18. Set to AirFry at 350ºF. Cook rice balls until evenly golden, about
  19. 15 to 20 minutes.
  20. 7. Serve immediately, with marinara sauce on the side.