Pantry Cooking: Italian Rice Balls

Finding creative ways to use our pantry staples will help us learn how to use our food reserves to the best of their ability, as well as prevent food fatigue in longer term emergencies.

White rice is a must have for our pantries. Not only is it extremely versatile, but it has a long storage life making it a great food pantry item to have if emergencies strike.

This delicious rice recipe is a snap to make and a great to use as an appetizer, snack or to use for any leftover rice you may have in your refrigerator. You can stuff your rice balls with cheese or meat for a savory flavor, or add your favorite sweet spices and 2-3 teaspoons of sugar for a sweetened version of rice balls. Either way, this is a crowd pleaser and the kids will love them!

Italian Rice Balls

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup of uncooked white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • Marinara sauce for dipping


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cheese, Italian spices, pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover mixture and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Cook rice according to directions. Allow rice to cool for 15 minutes and slowly pour in egg mixture, and stir until combined. Allow rice mixture to cool in refrigerator for 30 hour.
  3. Pour breadcrumbs and remaining salt into a pile on one end of a cutting board. Dampen hands and roll rice mixture into 1-inch balls. Coat each one with breadcrumbs.
  4. In a small deep skillet, heat olive oil to 350F (make sure the oil will cover the rice balls). Fry rice balls 6 at a time, turning as needed to ensure even browning. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Serve warm with marinara sauce.

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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Originally published May 8th, 2014
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