I am so excited to be able to take part in Fiesta Friday #52
I was invited by Suzanne@apuginthekitchen and I really want to THANK her for her help 🙂 Thank you Suzanne!!!
Suzanne got involved in this from Angie@The Novice Gardener
Angie’s co-hosts this week are Hilda@ Along the Grapevine and Julianna@ Foodie On Board
Thank you so much for letting me be a part of Fiesta Friday 🙂
Today I am doing a “Arancini di Riso” but I will not be using rice/risotto, I am going to use qunioa 🙂
Yes you heard me correctly, almost two weeks ago I had a cooking class on Qunioa in one of our stores, as I posted my Qunioa Burger earlier this week. For my class I was going to make these but if you have made them before they can be a little time consuming 😛 and I would have had to make at least 75 of them 🙂
Rolling, dredging and then frying so I passed on making them for my class, and well I thought they are the perfect appetizer and perfect for Fiesta Friday!!!
Well these turned out so dang delicious, if you ever had a rice ball, these hold up 100% I think if you told someone these were a rice ball they really may never know 😉
So I hope you enjoy and will make them 🙂
Ingredients – quinoa, seasonings, mozzarella and parmesan
Rinse the quinoa well in a fine mesh strainer
add to pan with water/broth*see note below in recipe
bring to a boil
once it comes to a boil add broth base, garlic
then seasoning, except red pepper flakes
cover and reduce heat to low and cook 30 minutes
or till all the liquid has been absorbed
then stir until quinoa becomes thick like
let cool in a bowl then add parmesan and
Red pepper flakes
mix to combine, taste and add salt and pepper to your taste
with a 2 oz. scoop, scoop out onto a lined baking sheet
cut your cubes of cheese
make intentions in the center of the balls
add cube of cheese
roll into balls, place baking sheet in fridge
over night or at least 2 hours
for dredging, seasoned flour, beaten egg &
breadcrumbs, I used a combo of garlic &
hot & spicy 🙂
make your dredging station
roll balls in flour first
bring your oil to 350 degrees
and fry your balls for 1-2 minutes
or until a nice golden brown
now ready eat, serve with your favorite sauce
and top with some extra Parmesan
so good, look at the gooey cheese 😛
1 cup white qunioa
3 cups chicken or veggie broth
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. crushed garlic
2 tbsp. parsley
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes – optional
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated plus for garnish
mozzarella cheese, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
Rinse quinoa is a fine mesh strainer under water until water runs clear.
In a med saucepan add quinoa and broth*, bring to a boil uncovered, once it comes to a boil add garlic, onion powder, parsley and oregano, stir, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook on low for about 30 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed, let cool for 5 minutes, then stir in 1 cup Parmesan and red pepper flakes if using, taste and add salt and pepper to your liking. Set aside for 15 minutes, then with a 2 oz. scoop, scoop mixture into balls, press your thumb in the middle of the ball to make a indention add cube of cheese and cover the cube with the quinoa by rolling into a ball. Place balls on lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to over night.
*I used chicken base, I added it once the water came to a boil.
3/4 cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
2 egg, beaten
1 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs or what you like
Place each in shallow bowls, dredge balls into flour, egg then breadcrumbs, place on baking sheet. Let set on counter for about 30 minutes. In a fryer or medium sauce pan add frying oil about 1 1/2 inches high, heat oil on medium high heat too about 350 degrees, fry until golden brown. about 1-2 minutes. I always pull one out, let it set for a minute then cut it open to see if the cheese is gooey, if you let the balls set on the counter for 30-45 minutes before frying, they should be ready in about 1 or so, but just cut one open and fry longer if needed.
Serve with your favorite red pasta sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Makes about 24 balls. Enjoy!!