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ground beef and feta rice balls yummy



ingredients

1⁄3 lb ground beef or use spicy or mild Italian sausages with casings removed
1 small onion finely chopped
5 large garlic cloves finely chopped
4 cups cooked rice firmly packed when measuring
3 eggs beaten
1⁄3 cup melted butter
2⁄3 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
3 tablespoons dried parsley (can use 1/3cup chopped fresh parsley)
1⁄2 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg may need another egg
1 cup dry breadcrumbs
oil for deep frying

method

in a skillet cook the ground beef with onion and garlic until browned drain fat then transfer to a large bowl cool slightly add in the rice with the next 5 ingredients using hands mix to combine then season with salt and pepper chill the mixture for at least 3 hours or overnight. Shape into about 1-1/3-inch balls in a small bowl lightly beat the remaining egg place the dry breadcrumbs into another bowl dip each rice ball into the egg then coat in the breadcrumb mixture I would suggest to coat all the balls and place on a plate before starting to fry them
when you have all the balls on the plate flatten down slightly with the palm of your hand as this will allow for a quicker and more even browning heat oil in a skillet or a deep fryer to 380 degrees fry the balls until golden brown about 3-5 minutes serve with hot marinara sauce

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