Crispy Rice Balls

Fry these little balls right before serving. They’re crisp and savory, with a tender center. For variety, try molding the rice around a tiny square of cheese before frying. These make delicious bite-sized snacks.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 1 hour 5 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium-grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 cup crushed puffed-rice cereal
  • 1 cup sesame oil

Directions

  • In medium saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until onion begins to brown, about 8–9 minutes. Stir in garlic for 1 minute, then stir into hot cooked rice. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Add egg, salt, pepper, horseradish, and thyme. Form mixture into 1" balls; roll in crushed cereal to coat.
  • Heat oil in heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry rice balls, turning carefully, until golden brown and crisp, about 4–5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Recipe Information

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium-grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 cup crushed puffed-rice cereal
  • 1 cup sesame oil

Directions

  • In medium saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until onion begins to brown, about 8–9 minutes. Stir in garlic for 1 minute, then stir into hot cooked rice. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Add egg, salt, pepper, horseradish, and thyme. Form mixture into 1" balls; roll in crushed cereal to coat.
  • Heat oil in heavy skillet over medium heat. Fry rice balls, turning carefully, until golden brown and crisp, about 4–5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories240
Total Fat14g
Saturated Fat1g
Cholesterol25mg
Sodium190mg
Total Carbohydrate22g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars1g
Protein3g