Italian Rice Balls

Italian Rice Balls are a wonderful and unique appetizer, cooked rice, two different types of cheese, and seasonings makes for a delicious appetizer your family is certain to enjoy.

Italian Rice Balls on a plate

Special thanks to Duane Keth for this special recipe. He likes to serve this up with a marina or even Alfredo sauce. I can testify they are good just as they are.

Italian Rice Balls


Italian Rice Balls on a plate

Italian Rice Balls

These Italian rice balls are nothing short of amazing.  Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Rice
Servings: 16
Calories: 401kcal


  • 3 cups rice
  • 1 1/4 pounds shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 pound ham finely diced
  • 1/4 pound pepperoni finely diced
  • 1/4 pound salami finely diced
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 1/4 pound Romano cheese
  • 1 cup flour for caoting
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cups breadcrumbs for coating
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Cook rice according to package directions. Allow rice to cool before mixing. Grind up the meats and mozzarella then mix together with rice along with the parsley and Grated cheese. I use my food processor to chop the meat and cheese. Mix until it is easy to roll into a ball. Then coat each ball with flour, dip in egg, then bread crumbs. Deep fry until golden brown.


Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 733mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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    5 stars
    I LOVE Arancini Italian rice ball with cold cuts, my favorite. I have ben looking for Arancini Rice Ball with salami, pepperoni, provolone, mozzarella cheese, etc. I want to make so bad.

    • Stephanie

      I will your suggestion that I should cut open food and also shoot a photo of that as well. They are creamy white balls with ground meat inside. They are a little cheesy too!

  2. benjamin schuckers

    i had about 30 beers one night and came to duane’s house in search of something to eat. while raiding his fridge i found these tasty treats, which left me full and happy enough to sink into a deep slumber on the couch. thanks buddy!!

  3. Melinda Sarvey

    I made these for the kids and they are all gone. That was my test and they passed with flying colors. They made it into my football party menu!!

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