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Rice balls, an ancient easy Ragusan recipe with photos and videos to prepare them

Ragusa rice balls

Preparing ragusane rice balls is really simple and once you taste them you won't stop cooking them. Let's see all the steps of the recipe.

Rice balls should not be confused with arancini . In fact, if cooked rice is used in both cases, the recipe we are proposing today is much simpler. In fact, this typical product is simply prepared by mixing rice, eggs, parsley and grated caciocavallo which is then given the characteristic shape of a meatball.

This delicious fingerfood should be fried and don't try to skip this step by opting for light cooking. You know that there is very little lightness in Sicilian cuisine. We guarantee that at the first taste, when you see the cheese spinning , you will understand that you have made the right choice. So let's go to the kitchen and prepare the meatballs step by step with the photo steps or the video recipe .

Ragusa rice balls
Ragusa rice balls

How to prepare the recipe for Ragusan rice balls

Cook rice and season it

1. First, cook the rice in salted water for 15 minutes . Once ready, drain it and mix it with the butter.

Put the eggs, salt, pepper and caciocavallo cheese in a bowl

2. Separately, in a bowl, beat 2 eggs with a pinch of salt, a grind of pepper and the caciocavallo cheese grated with a large-hole grater.

Add chopped parsley with a knife

3. Then add the chopped parsley.

Combine egg mixture with rice, mix and create meatballs

4. Add the rice and mix well until the mixture is dry and workable with your hands . If necessary, you can add a few tablespoons of breadcrumbs. Form meatballs about the size of a walnut and as they are ready place them on a plate.

Bread meatballs with egg and breadcrumbs

5. Beat the two remaining eggs in a dish and put the breadcrumbs in another. Dip the meatballs first in the egg and then in the bread.

Fry rice balls

6. Then fry them in abundant seed oil until they are golden and crispy.

Drain the meatballs and serve them

7. Drain them with a slotted spoon and pass them on absorbent paper before serving them, piping hot.

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As with all fried foods, in this case too our advice is to consume them as soon as they are made . If you have any leftovers, you can heat them briefly in a pan before consuming them.

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