Rice ball with cheese & pepperoni

Rice balls with cheese and pepperoni blend the comforting warmth of Italian arancini with the familiar flavors of a classic pepperoni pizza. This unique fusion dish promises to be a crowd-pleaser, perfect for gatherings, snacks, or even a creative main course. Here’s how to bring this mouth-watering treat to life in your kitchen.


  • For the Rice:
    • 2 cups cooked and cooled rice (short-grain or Arborio rice works best)
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Filling:
    • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    • 1 cup pepperoni, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped (optional)
  • For Breading and Frying:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2 cups breadcrumbs
    • Vegetable oil, for frying


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