Monday, March 26, 2012

Meatless Monday: A cheat's recipe for Italian suppli

I'm never going to win awards for authentic cooking. I made minestrone once because I watched Jersey Shore.

I am sure I'd love arancini, but I can't be bothered making the risotto that goes inside it. I don't even make the sugo sauce that goes inside these delightful little balls of cheesy goodness. Maybe one day I will, but given I'm not entirely certain I can type the rest of this post without falling asleep, I'm cutting corners just about everywhere. And I'm willing to bet that a lot of you are too.

I don't even use mozzarella. *gasp*!

Honestly, I shouldn't be allowed near a kitchen, let alone in one. The good news is that these taste really good. Given I've never had a real suppli, I don't know the difference and ignorance is bliss. So are crumbed and fried things, even though I'm told they're BAD FOR YOU.

You can bake them. That's ok. Less work than standing over a giant frying pan. Less chance of soaking up all that oil.

I didn't and I won't and I couldn't and I shan't, but I probably will one day. Tired, and all that.

4 cups cooked white rice
1 jar pasta sauce
1 egg
reasonably large cubes of tasty cheese
egg and breadcrumbs, to coat
oil, for frying. Or not if you're baking.


1. While rice is almost cold, stir through the pasta sauce and egg.

2. Grab little handfuls of rice and push a cube of cheese into each. Fold up around the cheese until you have a little oval.

3. Dip in egg and breadcrumbs. Repeat until there is no more rice.

4. Shallow-fry until golden brown and cheese is melted inside. Sprinkle generously with salt.

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  1. I'm thinking I'm going to try this one, would it be a huge sin to add jalapeño to the cheese?? Yum.

  2. Oooh, love it! It's like a cheat version of a risotto ball. We eat them here ALL the time. But I do cheat and use my Thermomix which is awesome for risotto. Hubby has an alergy to egg, and risotto balls stick just fine without the egg.

    I might just be trying these though. I can see by the cheese and tomato quantities that these would rock with my five and two year old lads!

    Thanks for sharing Stacey. xx

  3. These look delicious! We made potato, bacon and cheese croquettes (I think that's what they're called) last night. Very yummy but my kitchen was the hugest mess afterwards!

  4. Well they look GOOD to me! 


    Except we'll change the pasta sauce to salsa. Mexican rice bombs, FTW.

  6. Yeah these don't have the starch that the arancini do thanks to the different rice and the technique. But as I said, I'm too lazy to make a whole risotto and then balls on top of that, so I stick to suppli!

  7. Oh it's a labour of love to egg and breadcrumb anything. I actually hate it desperately!

  8. haha yeah they're all right! They taste good and that's the main thing :)

  9. These are amazing! My kids loved them and so did I :)

  10. Aw I'm so pleased! I just wish I could find someone to make them for me, I hate getting my hands dirty!

  11. I hate food prep! I always try and use our baby as a way of getting out of it. "Could you just do this for me? I just ahhh... umm... yeah just gotta feed the baby. I'll be back when your done with that" :P We had your won tons the other afternoon as a snack also just as yummy!

  12. Maybe the best post ever! This is kind of how I feel about cooking these days. :) You could not have summed it up better. 

  13. Haha being pregnant makes me soooo lazy xx