Today this is a Cancer Free Zone

I am sick of talking about cancer aren’t you? With that in mind I have declared this blog to be a 24 hour cancer free zone.

Instead we are going to talk about Arancini (pronounced Aranchini,) also known as Rice Balls. YUM YUM!

The people we lived with in Italy used to make them when I was a girl and I make these decatant fattening little treats every year during the holidays.

Wandering Rose’s Italian Rice Balls (Arancini)

8 cups of cooked white rice

1 stick of margarine (I use Imperial, I tried butter one year but it seemed to make them too greasy)

1 8oz container of grated Parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1/2 cup of chopped parsley

Bread crumbs

8 oz mozzarella cheese cut into cubes (I cheat and use a package of shredded)

Mix the butter, eggs, cheese and parsley into the cooked rice. (If the rice is cold soften the butter first.)

Form the rice into balls about 2″ across (water will keep the rice from sticking to your hands) They should hold their shape, if they are too dry add another egg, too wet add a little more cheese.

Press a cube of mozzarella into the center of each rice ball.

Roll the balls in bread crumbs and deep fry till golden brown.

Mangia!

Arancini means little oranges, which the rice balls resemble when they are done.

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