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Italian Rice Croquettes

Rated as 4.56 out of 5 Stars

"I'd like to thank Aunt Angela and Uncle Bill for sharing their recipe, and I hope you can give it a try soon. It would be a great addition to any party menu."
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1 h 40 m servings 99
Original recipe yields 40 servings (40 croquettes)


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  1. Combine chicken giblets, 1 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a pressure cooker; cook for about 20 minutes. Watch Now
  2. Drain giblets and let cool, about 10 minutes. Chop giblets in a food processor or by hand; set aside. Watch Now
  3. Bring rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Watch Now
  4. Spread cooked rice onto a baking sheet to cool, about 5 minutes. Transfer rice to a large bowl. Watch Now
  5. Mix in giblets, grated Parmesan cheese, marinara sauce, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, eggs, parsley, salt, and ground pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Watch Now
  6. Remove rice and giblet mixture from refrigerator and form 2-inch, football shaped croquettes. Roll croquettes in bread crumbs and place on a baking sheet. Watch Now
  7. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook breaded croquettes until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Watch Now


  • Cook's Note:
  • Instead of using pressure cooker, you can simmer the giblets in a saucepan until tender.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 99 calories; 3.2 10.4 6.9 60 140 Full nutrition

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I followed the recipe as directed with the exception of the meat. I used a mild Italian sausage in place of the giblets. I found the delicious and will make them again.

Was very good. I was suprized!

I will be making these again! I had to make substitutions but this recipe is so versatile you could really just go through your pantry and throw something together. I used jasmine rice and morni...

I did a couple of small tweaks and used corn flake crumbs instead of bread crumbs and used creamy vodka sauce in place of marinara. Still awesome.

These were delicious! Making these croquettes is also the only way to get my picky boyfriend to eat rice.

These were tasty. We are a mostly vegetarian family so, we skipped the giblets but added some flavored tvp crumbles and a small piece of fresh mozzarella to the center of the rice balls. A goo...

Agreed that you could make it however you want. I used chopped chicken and risotto, seasoned it up a little more and my book club was impressed. Thanks, it was worth the time!