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Rice Croquettes

 Rice Croquettes
As a newlywed, I used to agonize over meal preparation. Now I enjoy trying new recipes, and some - like this tasty side dish - turn out to be very popular with my family. These croquettes are crisp and golden and add some fun to a simple dinner like roast chicken and salad. -Lucia Edwards, Cotati, California
8 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + cooling Cook: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 2-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Canola oil
  • Additional fresh parsley, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add rice;
  • saute 3 minutes. Stir in broth and parsley; bring to a boil. Reduce
  • heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in egg, cheese, basil and pepper. Moisten hands with water and
  • shape 1/4 cupfuls into logs. Roll in crumbs.
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1/4 in. of oil to 365°. Fry
  • croquettes, a few at a time, for 3-4 minutes or until crisp and
  • golden, turning often. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with parsley
  • if desired. Yield: 16 croquettes.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 177 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 452 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.