Rice Fritters, Frittelle di Riso

Frittelle di Riso, Rice Fritters

Frittelle di Riso, Rice Fritters

Frittelle di Riso, or rice fritters, are a winter tradition in much of Italy, and (In Florence) especially popular on San Giuseppe, Saint Joseph’s (March 19). I took notes while Elisabetta prepared a batch, which went all too fast.

  • 1 3/4 cups (350 g) rice — cheap rice that gives off starch as it cooks will be fine
  • 1 quart (1 l) whole milk
  • The grated zest of a lemon, organically grown if possible
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • A walnut-sized chunk of unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • A jigger rum or vinsanto
  • 4/5 cup (100 g) flour
  • A packet active live yeast
  • Oil for frying

Begin by cooking the rice until it’s thoroughly cooked in the milk, together with the sugar, lemon zest, and butter. Let the mixture cool, and stir in the three yolks. Stir in the rum or vinsanto. Whip the whites and fold them in, then fold in the flour and the yeast.

Heat oil in a fairly deep pot and fry the mixture, a teaspoon at a time, removing the balls from the pot when they become golden. Drain them on absorbent paper, dust them with granulated sugar, and serve.

Yield: Fewer servings of Rice Fritters than you might think, because people always want more.

Cenci (or lattughe, or bugie…), another classic Carnival


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Categories: Biscotti and other Sweet Treats, Holiday dishes

Author:Cosa Bolle in Pentola

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