2 1/2 cups cooked rice
1/3 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 oz. Mozzarella cheese cut into 3/8" cubes
1 cup dry bread crumbs
oil for deep frying
In a bowl, lightly beat 2 eggs. Stir in rice, butter, cheese salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. With your hands, roll into 1 1/2" balls. Press a mozzarella cube into each and reshape the ball.
In a small bowl, lightly beat 1 egg. Dip each ball into egg, roll in bread crumbs and deep fry until balls are golden brown, about 4 minutes. Drain on a paper towel.
These are tasty just as they are but you can serve them with drizzle of spaghetti sauce. They are great to make up for parties but really need to be kept warm during serving. The Mozzarella cheese is great inside but I've made them with cheddar and pepper jack for a change in flavor. You can add a little minced garlic or minced onion for more flavor. Or you might want to add some Italian seasonings for an added flavor boost.