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Old 07-06-2008, 08:22 AM   #1
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Deep Fried Rice Balls, do the egg yolks matter ??

I have a patient who makes and brings in her Italian Deep Fried Rice Balls for us at the office. Finally, someone asked her for the recipe. SHe gave a basic recipe/ list of ingredients. I will attempt to make them , but the ingredients call for 2 egg yolks. For some reason, egg yolks kinda skeevs me a little ( dont know why) so I was wondering if I can just leave them out. DO they add to the consistency? Flavor? Binder? .....

Here are the list of ingredients.
16oz ricotta
parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese
parsley
salt/ pepper
2 egg yolks
Long grain rice cooked and dried

Mix all together and make balls out of them

Whip egg whites.
Dip the balls in egg whites
then roll in bread crumbs
deep fry

So again, what purpose do the egg yolks have in this recipe? And would it make much of a difference if I left them out?

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Old 07-06-2008, 09:07 AM   #2
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I would think they contribute to the binding. Not sure what else you can use, someone else probably does though.
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Old 07-06-2008, 10:55 AM   #3
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I'd put them in, Larry. Almost all of the recipes for arancini I've seen use the eggs in the rice mixture.

I LOVE to eat these things, but have never tried making them. Good luck! YUM!

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Old 07-06-2008, 12:09 PM   #4
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You could substitute apple sauce.
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:11 PM   #5
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The yolks bind the rice ball together. Without it, you may end up with flavored rice spread over the bottom of your fryer.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:52 PM   #6
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Try it with just using egg whites and let us know your results.
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:45 PM   #7
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IC, that sounds fun. Might make a much crisper on the outside, fluffier in the inside type of thing.
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Originally Posted by larry_stewart View Post
. DO they add to the consistency? Flavor? Binder? .....
and all of the above.

richness in both the texture and flavor, and makes a great binder.
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:22 PM   #9
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If you're interested Larry (or anyone) I have a lighter, baked version, whites only.
Not as great as fried but it works in a pinch!
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:23 PM   #10
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Sure, Id be curious to try that recipe also. Im trying to stay away from fried foods.
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