These are great to bring to parties; just reheat in 425-degree oven for 10 minutes!
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5 cups cooked rice
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, cut into 16 cubes
Oil, for frying
Flour, for coating
3 eggs, lightly beaten for dipping
Seasoned breadcrumbs, for coating
Mix chilled rice, eggs, and peas together. Roll into balls about the size of a tangerine and place one cube of cheese into the rice ball; reform balls firmly to hold shape. Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs into 3 separate bowls. Dip each ball in flour, shaking off excess and reform if needed. Dip in egg, letting excess drip off, then dredge in breadcrumbs, reforming and transfer to a sheet of wax paper. Repeat with remaining balls. Meanwhile heat 2 inches of oil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot until thermometer registers 350-360 degrees. Working in batches of 4-6 balls, lower rice balls into oil with a slotted spoon and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Return oil to 350-360 degrees between batches. Serve with a tomato sauce.
Ready in 40 min 20 min prep
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