Golden Nuggets
Recipe Type: appetizer
Author: Jennifer Trahan and Christine Fulton

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 4 mins
Total time: 24 mins
Serves: 18
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 mozzerella oozing out of the center. Don’t forget to make our homeade marinara for dipping!
  • 2 cups Cajun Country Medium Grain Rice, cooked stickier than normal (1 cup rice, 2 1/2 cup water and 1 tsp. salt)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 pound 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)
  1. Prepare deep fryer with vegetable oil according to manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Preheat oil to 375 degrees.
  3. Mix rice, shredded cheese and sausage in large bowl.
  4. Form into golf ball-sized nuggets with a mozzarella cube in the center.
  5. Roll each ball in egg and then breadcrumbs to coat.
  6. Drop in fryer for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Drain on paper towels and serve with marinara for dipping.

Marinara:2T. extra virgin olive oil;2 small cans Contadina tomato paste;
1 can stewed tomatoes, diced; 1/2 cup finely chopped onions;
2T. finely chopped celery; 1T. finely chopped bell pepper; 1 tsp. basil;
1/4 tsp. oregano; 1 tsp. Italian seasoning; 3 cloves minced garlic;
2 whole bay leaves 1/2 tsp. black pepper; 1 tsp. salt; 1 tsp. creole seasoning;
2 cups water;
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.



2 Responses to “Golden Nuggets”

  1. November 13, 2011 at 12:42 am, Liljunbugg said:

    Do you cook the sausage first?


    • February 01, 2012 at 6:35 pm, Jennifer said:

      Yes, you do . We will make that edit. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!


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