Nuovo Rice Balls at Nuovo Cucina Napoletana in Nutley

NUTLEY, New Jersey (WABC) -- This week's Neighborhood Eats heads to Nuovo Cucina Napoletana in New Jersey.

It's located at 633 Franklin Avenue in Nutley.

Nuovo Rice Balls Recipe

2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (set aside 3 tsps for garnish)
1/4 cup salted butter
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup peas
1 medium onion, chopped
bunch parsley chopped
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/1/2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs
And 1/3 pound of beef short rib (already braised and shredded-you can use your favorite recipe to braise)
1 cup Oil (canola or vegetable) for frying
cup oil (olive oil) for the rice to saute

For batter/breadcrumbs:
1 cup of flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
2 eggs, whisked
1 cup breadcrumbs
(keep each in separate bowl).

Heat cup oil in large saute pan
Add the rice and toast over medium heat for two minutes
Add onion and continue stirring
Add butter
Add peas and stock continue stirring
Add wine and stir
As liquids reduce add the short ribs and parsley continue to stir.
Season with salt and pepper (reserve 3 spoons of the short rib for later)
The rice will take about 25-30 minutes to cook
Add the cheese right at the end and stir
Rice should remain firm, but not hard.
Spread the rice out of a sheet pan and cool
Once cooled, scoop out a small handful and roll into a ball, insert a piece of short rib and continue to roll ball. Dip and roll in flour. Then egg, then breadcrumbs.
Fry balls in 1 cup of vegetable or canola oil over medium high heat and drain on paper towel. Top with Parmesan.

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