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Lemon-Feta Fritters

Hands-on time 1 hr, 55 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 45 mins

Makes 35 appetizer servings

You can make the rice balls two weeks ahead and freeze. Bread and fry straight from the freezer.


  • 1 qt. reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped leek
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 7 ounces feta cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Bring broth to a simmer in a saucepan. Sauté leek and onion in 2 Tbsp. melted butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat 10 minutes. Add garlic and rice; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in wine; cook 3 minutes. Add 1 cup hot broth; cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is absorbed. Repeat, adding all of broth, 1 cup at a time. Stir in parsley, oregano, rosemary, lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. butter, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper. Spread on a baking sheet; cool 10 minutes.

  2. Cut 7 oz. feta cheese into 1/2-inch cubes. Shape mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls, pressing 1 feta cheese cube into each rice ball; reshape. Cover and chill 30 minutes to 24 hours.

  3. Stir together flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Place eggs in a second bowl; place breadcrumbs in a third bowl. Dredge rice balls in flour mixture; dip in eggs. Roll in crumbs. Chill 10 minutes.

  4. Pour oil to a depth of 5 inches into a large Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat to 350°. Fry fritters, in batches, 3 minutes or until golden; drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a 250° oven.