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January 12, 2015

Mozzarella Stuffed Rice Clusters

Mozzarella Stuffed Rice Clusters ~ Perfect and very tasty Rice Appetizer or snack with gooey Mozzarella in the center

I had some rice leftover the other night and decided to make these Mozzarella stuffed Rice clusters as an appetizer the following day, which was a Sunday, when we normally do go for the 3 course meal - appetizer, main and dessert.


Mozzarella Stuffed Rice Clusters ~ Perfect and very tasty Rice Appetizer or snack with gooey Mozzarella in the center

These appetizers were scrumptious and we finished every little piece of rice on our plates. It is very tasty, but not that rich to spoil our appetites for the main meal. I wrote everything down as I was making up the recipe.

Mozzarella Stuffed Rice Clusters ~ Perfect and very tasty Rice Appetizer or snack with gooey Mozzarella in the center

I did not have any of the sticky kind of cooked rice leftover, only Basmati, and therefore I decided to play it safe by adding an Egg to bind everything together, which worked out wonderfully.

Originally I wanted to roll the Mozzarella stuffed Rice clusters into smallish balls and deepfry them, but quickly noticed that even with the Egg, it would not hold up. In the end I decided on baking them in silicone muffin cups.

The silicone cups worked perfectly as I could press the mixture onto the bottom and up the sides - add the Mozzarella cheese and cover up with some more of the rice mixture, pressing gently on the finished clusters before baking.

We had one leftover, which Roy warmed up the next day and it was just as delicious as the freshly baked Mozzarella stuffed Rice clusters. Even though these clusters are muffin sized, I am sure they can be made as smaller snacks, if using a more sticky kind of rice, which I will definitely try as soon as I have some leftover rice again.

Smaller snacks, mean platter snacks to me, and you should know by now that I absolutely am a huge savory platter {and sweet !} fan, and I am always looking for new treats or twists on old treats, to add to our platters - this will definitely be included for the next savory platter, which will be soon, as our Rugby season starts up in a couple of weeks again.


Mozzarella Stuffed Rice Clusters



6 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

1 TB Olive Oil
1 Onion, chopped
2 t Fresh Garlic, minced
1/2 cup Red, Yellow and Green Bell Peppers, chopped
1 t Dried Italian Herbs

2 cups Cooked Rice
1 Egg, lightly beaten 
6 cubes of Mozzarella Cheese {2.5 cm / 1 inch}


DIRECTIONS:

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 200 deg C (400 deg F) - spray 6 silicone muffin cups {or muffin pan} with cooking oil.
2.) Heat the Oil in a medium pan - saute the Onion, Garlic, Peppers and Italian Herbs until soft - stir in the Rice and cook another minute - remove from the heat and let cool 5 minutes.
3.) Quickly stir in the beaten Egg.
4.) Scoop spoonfuls of the Rice mixture into the prepared muffin cups - use the spoon to form a cup with a big enough open center for the Mozzarella - place a cube of the Mozzarella Cheese in the center and add some more of the Rice mixture to the top to seal the clusters. {lightly press down the top layer of Rice mixture}
5.) Bake 20 - 25 minutes or until firm.

Let cool for 10 minutes, remove carefully from the silicone cups {or muffin pan} by using a dessert spoon - serve warm as an appetizer or snack.

Mozzarella Stuffed Rice Clusters ~ Perfect and very tasty Rice Appetizer or snack with gooey Mozzarella in the center


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3 comments:

  1. This is so easy - I always have the ingredients on hand, too!

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  2. These look so good.... nice to have another new recipe to try. :)

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  3. Wow. These look so DELICIOUS. I love anything with rice. I'm excited to try this. Pinning. Thanks for linking up to Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. Our party is going LIVE tonight at 9pm CST. Hope you see you again!

    Sharon
    herorganizedchaos.com

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