Do you know what the most important grain with regards to human nutrition and calorie intake?
Quinoa is you answer Wait..? What? No! Maybe nutrition, but not calorie intake, and who eats that stuff anyway.
Let’s try this again! Let me rephrase the question. Calling all parents of young children, this should be easy for you. What grain ends up getting dispersed all over the floor during dinner time and if lucky a piece here or there gets consumed. Yes, it is the same grain that has to sit on the kitchen floor until it dries up and then can be swept away?
Now it’s easy RICE!
I am sure you are picturing it on your floor right now. I bet you are thinking to yourself how you can’t wait to get even with your kids by crapping up their nicely kept house when they are in their 30’s. (Maybe that is just me, don’t judge).
Back to Rice!
Now that my kids are getting older, I am noticing that I am sweeping less rice off the floor and having more left over after dinner. Wasting food by throwing it out is a pet peeve of mine, and I am not big on putting it in Tupperware for storage. It usually takes up too much space and will sit in the back of the fridge until I see it there on trash night.
So.. I started to think of my favorite rice dishes and realized that their was a better use for this wonderful grain besides taking up space in the back of my fridge.
That’s it! I was going to make Italian Rice Balls and they were going to be a hit. I laughed to myself as I thought of my family, clueless, that the marvelous dinner they were about to eat was a form of leftovers.
In the end, The Arancini Cheesy Italian Rice Balls were a huge success and a fan favorite in my household. Besides the great flavor, this dish is economical and a great way to use leftover rice. I will make this again and consider placing the rice balls on my catering menu in the future.
This is a dish that is a little time consuming to make but very economical.
Keep this dish uncovered so that it stays crispy on the outside
Be creative when making this recipe. Try stuffing the rice with different types of cheeses and veggies.
This dish works well with Marinara or a traditional pesto sauce as well.