Easy tomato risotto balls with a smoked cheese centre - perfect for Cooking with Kids Day

Course: Lunches and quick-cook meals
Keyword: kid friendly, lunch, risotto
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Emily Leary
A really easy, simple recipe for tomato risotto balls with a smoked cheese centre. They're great fun to make, with plenty of chances for the kids to get their hands stuck in.
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  • 1 pack of Uncle Bens Express Risotto Italian Herb
  • 100 ml milk
  • 25 g smoked cheese
  • 75 g plain flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 75 g panko breadcrumbs
  • spray oil


  • Cook the risotto rice according to the pack instructions (make an opening in the pack, add the milk, cook in the microwave for 3 minutes).
  • Tip into a bowl and allow to cool.Chop the smoked cheese into 1/2 inch chunks.
  • Take some rice and roll into a golfball size ball, then flatten in your hand.
  • Place a small chunk of cheese in the centre of your risotto pattie.
  • Wrap the rice around the cheese and roll into a ball between your palms so that the cheese is enclosed in the middle.
  • Now it's time to crumb. Start by rolling your risotto ball in the flour until it has a thin coating. Shake of the excess.
  • Dip your risotto ball into the beaten egg and coat. Allow an excess to drip off.
  • Now roll your risotto gently in the breadcrumbs until evenly coated. Note: you can season the breadcrumbs if you like.
  • Place on a lined baking tray and repeat until you've crumbed all eight.
  • Spray with a little cooking oil.
  • Bake for approx 20-25 minutes at 180°C / 160°C fan / 250°F until pale golden.
  • Serve warm with salad - the cheese inside will be oozy and delicious.