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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 50 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 16
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3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Kosher salt

1 cup arborio rice

2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)

1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese (2 ounces)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 large eggs

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Bring the broth and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat to low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let cool completely.
  2. Combine the pine nuts, mozzarella, fontina and parsley in a bowl; set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs in a large bowl, then stir in the cooled rice, the parmesan and 2/3 cup breadcrumbs. Shape the mixture into sixteen 1 1/2-inch balls.
  4. Put the remaining breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Press your finger into the center of each rice ball, insert 2 teaspoons of the mozzarella mixture, then pinch the rice around the filling to enclose. Roll the balls in the breadcrumbs and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Loosely cover and refrigerate, at least 1 hour or overnight. (If refrigerating overnight, roll in more breadcrumbs before frying.)
  5. Heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Working in batches, fry the rice balls, turning, until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; season with salt.

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