Learn how to make one of the Sicily’s most popular dishes

MILWAUKEE — This weekend,  Festa Italiana will celebrate 40 years when it kicks off on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Of course, one of the biggest draws over its four decades has been the food! Tina Conley with Divino Wine and Dine joins Real Milwaukee to talk about some of the most popular indulgences at the festival.

Recipe: Italian Rice Balls Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
  • 2 cups olive oil
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Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cheese, parsley, pepper, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Pour water and 1 teaspoon salt into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in rice and reduce heat to low. Cook rice until water is almost absorbed, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and slowly pour in egg mixture, stirring rapidly to prevent egg from scrambling. Allow rice mixture to cool for 1 hour.
  3. Pour bread crumbs into a pile on one end of a cutting board. Dampen hands and roll rice mixture into 1 inch balls, then coat each one with bread crumbs.
  4. In a small, deep skillet, heat olive oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). (Should have enough oil to completely cover rice balls.) Fry rice balls 6 at a time, turning as needed to ensure even browning. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.

 

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