Sicilian Rice Balls

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Appears in
Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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I like to serve these with warm marinara sauce for dipping. Bite-size rice balls make a lovely appetizer for a cocktail party.


  • 5 cups water
  • 1 pound Arborio rice (found in the rice or Italian section of supermarkets)


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a covered pot over high heat. Stir in the rice. Lower the heat to low. Cover and cook the rice for about 25 minutes, stirring frequently, until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from the heat. Turn the rice into a bowl. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan, and parsley, mixing well to melt the mozzarella. Add the salt and peppe