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Golden Nuggets

Our Golden Nuggets are perfect for game day! Whether the game is going their way or not, all of your guests will have a great time gobbling up these rice and sausage balls fried to a golden crisp. They will love the warm mozzarella oozing out of the center. Don’t forget to make our homemade marinara for dipping!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 18
Author Jennifer Trahan and Christine Fulton


  • 2 cups Cajun Country Medium Grain Rice, cooked stickier than normal (1 cup rice, 2.5 cup water, 1 tsp. salt)
  • .5 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • .5 lb ground breakfast sausage, browned and drained
  • 2 mozzarella string cheese sticks, cubed into 18 pieces
  • 2 eggs, whisked in bowl for coating
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs in bowl for coating
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • marinara for dipping (recipe to follow)

Marinara Sauce

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small cans Contadina tomato paste
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes, diced
  • .5 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped celery
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1 tsp basil
  • .25 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • .5 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp creole seasoning
  • 2 cups water


  • Prepare deep fryer with vegetable oil according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Preheat oil to 375 degrees.
  • Mix rice, shredded cheese and sausage in large bowl.
  • Form into golf ball-sized nuggets with a mozzarella cube in the center.
  • Roll each ball in egg and then breadcrumbs to coat.
  • Drop in fryer for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve with marinara for dipping.

Marinara Sauce

  • In large pot, heat olive oil to medium high and stir in tomato paste and diced tomatoes.
  • Heat and stir until velvety smooth.
  • Add each of the next ingredients (except the water), one at a time, and stir well between each addition.
  • Slowly stir in the water.Cover and reduce heat to simmer for one hour.
  • Makes about 6 cups of marinara.