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Cook the rice according to package directions, until creamy. Cook meat pieces in tomato sauce until tender. Meanwhile, put garlic, onion, and oil in fry pan and saute until brown. Add mushroom and cook a bit longer until mushrooms are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. When meat is tender grind to a fairly fine consistency. Add tomato paste as needed to make a thick coarse paste. Add mushrooms and onion mixture and just enough of the sauce to keep the meat mixture moist. Add parsley and oregano, keeping moist. Set aside. To the creamy rice, add butter and parmesan cheese. Allow to cool. To the cooled rice add the eggs and mix well and set aside. Make meatballs out of the meat mixture about 1 to 1½ inches in diameter. Set aside. T he cooled rice should be thick with eggs, cheese and butter. Take a handful of the rice mixture in the palm of one hand and form a “half ball”. Insert a meatball into the
This was my paternal Grandmother, Rosa’s recipe that she brought over from Palermo when she immigrated in 1901, with two small children. They would be, eventually, my Aunt Lena and Uncle Dominic. My father would tell how she would make them sometimes with nutmeg and raisins then sprinkled with sugar and served cold for a sweet treat.
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