Fried Rice Balls Stuffed with Mozzarella

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked jasmine rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • fine panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 lb mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
  • canola oil for deep frying
  • Cook rice according to package directions. Allow to cool completely
  • Beat 2 eggs along with 2 tbs of flour and stir them into the rice. Mix well.
  • Use your hands to form the rice mixture into balls, a little larger than golf balls. If the mixture is too moist to hold it’s shape well, stir in a few spoonfuls of breadcrumbs.
  • Poke a hole in the center of each ball with your finger, then fill it with a small cube of mozzarella   then close the hole with the rice mixture.
  • Fill a sauce pan or deep fryer 1/3 full of oil and heat to 350 degrees.
  • Spread out some flour on a plate.
  • Beat the remaining egg in a shallow bowl.
  • Sprinkle another plate with breadcrumbs.
  • Roll the rice balls in the flour, then in the egg and finally in the bread crumbs.
  • Deep fry the rice balls, a few at a time in the hot oil until golden and crisp.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve warm.

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