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Italian Style Dinner
Sunday, September 27, 2009 | Time: 10:21 AM

Today's dinner is gonna be delicious and super filling! Its like spaghetti and meatballs but sort of fancier! Found this recipe while browsing Brown Eyed Baker's blog. I thought it was such a genius way of using up leftover rice! I always have leftover rice and I generally end up just tossing it out (which is just awful, I know).
And I just LOVE rice balls. Japanese mochi, those Filipino fried mochis on a stick. Japanese onigiri, stuffed or plain. Mmm MM! Rice balls!!
A new addition to the Rice Ball Love List - These are:

Italian Rice Balls!
from Brown Eyed Baker

2 eggs
2 cups cooked rice
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, cut in ½-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
Note: you might be able to use shredded if that's all you have, just ball it up into about 1/2" balls.
1.5 cups seasoned bread crumbs (or panko seasoned with salt and 'italian seasoning' blend)
2 Tablespoons olive oil

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Beat eggs lightly with fork. Add the rice and stir gently but thoroughly. Stir in about 3/4 cup bread crumbs, until the mixture holds together when squeezed.
3. Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture, place a cube of mozzarella or parmesan in the middle and then top with another tablespoon of rice. Shape into a ball and roll in the breadcrumbs. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the rice mixture.
4. Refrigerate pan of rice balls for at least 30 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over rice balls.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Rice balls would be a fun snack or appetizer or something, you could just eat them by themselves. But for dinner I also made some noodles. Cuz everybody loves noodles.

My husband just LOVES garlic. So I made these 'roasted' garlic noodles. They're super easy - here's how:

Roasted Garlic Noodles
1 box of spaghetti (or other noodles)
4-5 large cloves of garlic (peeled and chopped)
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

Cook the spaghetti in a big pot, with salted water and a wee dollop of oil.
Meanwhile, take the minced garlic and add it to the olive oil in a microwave safe bowl or dish (glass or ceramic, preferably - plastic picks up smell!). Microwave on high about 2 minutes. Basically, you're making garlic oil. But the heat gives it a kind of 'roasted' garlic flavor by frying the garlic in the oil. Add salt.
When noodles are done, drain them, then pour the oil and garlic mixture over the top. Top with parsley and chopped Parmesan cheese if you want to be fancy.

Serve with Italian Rice balls and some good marinara or spaghetti sauce on the side.
Breadsticks with gobs of garlic butter, optional.

My mom came over for dinner - she isnt big on garlic, so I put the garlic oil on the side with some freshly made bread (made using my awesome single-serving-breadmaker I got at a garage sale) so you can dip or pour it over the noodles. Free-for-all style. This way its kind of like the oil dip they give you at Johnny Carino's :) Or is it just 'Carino's', now?

Mmmmm! CARBS! Oh yes. Carb-a-licious!

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