Easy to Prepare
Taste & Quality
Ever heard of RISOTTOBALLS? They’re the newest creation from local family company Moccia & Urbani, and we recently had the opportunity* to try all five of their “bold,” cheesy flavours. They’re a frozen appetizer, and while we will say we don’t usually rave about frozen food — these were surprisingly good.
We shouldn’t really have been too surprised, Moccia & Urbani are known after all for their high quality selection of local, all natural and gluten-free salami and sausages, and source to some of Vancouver’s top restaurants such as YEW Restaurant + Bar and Les Faux Bourgeois.
We could easily see these being served at an impromptu gathering with friends, or maybe as an easy appetizer at a party? We usually found ourselves eating them when we were hungry, just getting home from work, or that weird not-quite-dinner-yet time of day where you really need to eat, but don’t want anything too heavy or filling.
Made of high end Carnoroli rice, Risotto Balls are actually a well-known snack in Italy, where they’re known as Arancini di riso. Stuffed with ingredients like mozzarella cheese, sausage, mushrooms and tomato sauce — rolled into a ball, and coated with a crispy Italian breading. Moccia & Urbani’s RISOTTOBALLS are a nice little snack that hit the spot, and go perfectly with beer!
Of all five flavours we tried, we both preferred the Mozzarella and the Primavera Vegetables. The Italian Sausage and Tomato & Sausage flavours were okay, and neither of us really cared for the Porcini Mushroom.
We will say this though — we found our balls much tastier when cooked longer than suggested. Moccia & Urbani suggest you bake your Risottoballs at 425 for 17 minutes, and for us, well… we just weren’t thrilled with how they tasted at this point. The cheese was melty, and yes the crust had some crunch — but when we left it in for about 25 minutes, they were really yummy. The cheese explodes out the side, and gets all crunchy (think those awesome baked cheese bits left on the pan when you make nachos).
*Disclaimer: We received our shipment of Risottoballs as a review sample. Opinions are 100% ours.
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