Rice and Cheese Balls from Everyday EASY 30 Minute Dinners

Everyday Easy 30 Minute Dinners

DK Description: For people who want new, quick, and easy family-pleasing recipes, Everyday Easy cookbooks maximize the quality of everyday cooking with minimum effort. 30-Minute Dinners includes recipes that use readily available ingredients and are simple to prepare, from quick and hearty salads and soups, to fuss-free meals, and express desserts.

This recipe book is quite the book! It has so many features that I loved, it will be hard to list them all, but I will try.

Here are the main features that I really like about this book:
  • The full colour, detailed photographs of every recipe!
  • Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Guidelines
  • The detailed techniques pages
  • The simple instructions
  • The servings size listings
  • The prep time and cook times on every recipe.
This recipe book is extremely easy to read and follow! I really enjoy the layout.

There were quite a few recipes that included seafood and fish, something that I do not make. However, having said that, there are many recipes in this book that I can't wait to test out including:
  • Chicken Poached in Coconut Milk
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Danish Meatballs
  • Pork chops with Green Peppercorn Sauce
  • Bulgur with Mixed Peppers, Mint and Paprika
  • Filet Mignons with Walnut Pesto
  • Pan-fried Ham with Pineapple Salsa
  • Egg and Fennel Potato Salad
  • Cauliflower Gratin
  • Carmelized Pork Tenderloin with Pecans and Apricots
  • Hamburgers
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Pork Scallops with Bread Crumb and Parsley Crust
  • Zabaglione
  • Pineapple Flambe
  • Strawberry Yogurt Mousse

I tried out the Rice Balls with Cheese on page 96. This was definitely a family hit! Truth be told, I forgot to add the cheese and they were still super yummy. Surprisingly they were very easy to make too. I had leftover risotto from the night before that worked perfectly with this recipe.

Rice Balls with Cheese
Excerpted from Everyday Easy 30 Minute Dinners / copyright 2012 DK Publishing,

1 1/4 cup cold, cooked Arborio or other risotto rice
2 balls of fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs, toasted
olive oil, for frying

  1. Generously season the cold risotto rice with salt, then roll it into 12 even sized balls.
  2. Push a cube of mozzarella into the center of each ball, then cover so that the cheese is enclosed.
  3. Roll each ball first in the beaten egg, then in the toasted bread crumbs. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry each ball for 2-5 minutes, or until golden.
    Serve hot.

My changes:

I had made a traditional risotto with onion, garlic and carrots one night. The next night, I used that cold risotto to make these rice balls. Yummy! I actually forgot to add the cheese in and they still tasted amazing. I also used canola oil instead of olive oil.

Family Thoughts:

The whole family was disappointed that I didn't make more of these 1 bite wonders! We LOVED them! This is another great way to sneak veggies into my picky guy(s).


  1. Made these last night with marble cheese and plain risotto - SO GOOD!!!!! Thanks so much for this, a new favourite for sure.

  2. Can u use regular rice or basmati rice at all?

  3. Anon: I honestly don't know, because I haven't tried it, but I don't see why not! If you try it, let us know!

  4. I've never cooked risotto before is it anymore difficult than cooking regular rice? These would make great appetizers thank you for the share :)

  5. Jennifer - regular rice is measured, put on the stove and forgotten about. Risotto is more attention needy in that you fry your ingredients and have to continue stirring and adding water. I don't find it hard, but it is a bit more labour intensive than rice!

    Having said this - you don't have to make risotto for this recipe - you can simply use that Aborio type rice and cook it plain in which case it would be almost exactly like cooking regular rice.

  6. Ohh i love this idea! and have some left over rice at home! i am going to try this tonight! looks soo delicious and something my toddler would eat in a flash! thank you!

    1. You'll have to let us know how your little toddler enjoyed them :)

  7. These look dangerously good! Lol! A great way to use up leftover rice too!


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