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Yield: Makes approximately 20 rice balls


    • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
    • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
    • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/3 cup chili sauce
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 3 cups hot cooked rice
    3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
    • vegetable oil for deep-fat frying


Cook beef, celery, onion and garlic in large skillet until meat is brown, stirring to crumble.

Add chili powder, salt, pepper, chili sauce and 1/4 cup water.

Simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, or until sauce is very thick.

Stir in parsley; set aside. 
Combine rice, cheese and butter.

While still warm, use 2 tablespoons rice mixture to shape into balls.

Press centers with thumb; fill each with 1 tablespoon meat mixture.

Enclose rice mixture to seal. 
Dip in egg; roll in crumbs.

Fry in hot oil (365 degrees) in large saucepan 1 minute, or until golden brown.

Drain on paper towels. Serve warm.

    Nutrition Facts
    Calories 81   
    Total Fat 3g 
    Cholesterol 20mg 
    Sodium 228mg 
    Total Carbohydrate 10g 
    Protein 4g

USA Rice Federation


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