A low-carb alternative to rice croquettes using frozen broccoli rice. These croquettes are great as a snack or appetizer.


Recipe Summary

40 mins
15 mins
1 hr 20 mins
25 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped pancetta and cook and stir until cooked through but not too crispy, 4 to 6 minutes. Add frozen broccoli rice and stir until it is warmed through and the liquid releases, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Stir saffron powder into hot broth and pour mixture into the skillet. Continue cooking, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Transfer broccoli rice to a large bowl to cool completely, about 15 minutes.

  • Add shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and egg to cooled rice mixture and mix until well combined. Whisk together almond meal, hazelnut meal, chili powder, and pepper in a separate bowl; remove 1/3 cup and mix into the rice mixture until well combined.

  • Coat your hands with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil. Scoop rice mixture with a 1-ounce cookie scoop into your palm. Make an indentation in the rice ball with the back of the cookie scoop. Place 1 bocconcini inside the indentation and add another scoop rice on top. Form into a ball and roll in the almond meal mixture, coating well on all sides; place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining rice, bocconcini, and almond meal mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn croquettes over and bake until brown and crispy, about 10 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

457 calories; protein 24g; carbohydrates 12.5g; fat 36g; cholesterol 103.7mg; sodium 384.4mg. Full Nutrition