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by David Rocco

Ingredients You'll Need

0.8 lb leftover risotto* (400g)
2.8 oz mozzarella (80g), cubed
1 egg, beaten
1 cup bread crumbs
2 cups extra virgin olive oil (475ml)

*if leftover risotto is not on hand, add a generous amount of grated parmigiano cheese and a small amount of tomato sauce to boiled salted arborio rice


Grab a handful of leftover risotto and shape into a 2 1/2-inch diameter ball.

Press a hole in the middle with your thumb and place a few cubes of mozzarella cheese inside.

Reshape rice ball until mozzarella is fully enclosed.

Roll each rice ball into beaten egg and coat evenly with breadcrumbs.

In a deep saucepan, heat extra virgin olive oil and gently place rice balls in hot oil without overcrowding.

Make sure the olive oil is hot before rice balls are added, otherwise the rice balls will become heavy.

Fry rice balls for a few minutes on each side until golden.

Place rice balls on paper towels to absorb any excess oil. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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