Cheesy Bacon Croquettes

Try these irresistible cheesy, smoky bacon and white rice croquettes on National Bacon Day! Serve with store-bought marinara or Alfredo sauce for dipping.

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Cheesy Bacon Croquettes

Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 9
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins (+ 10 mins cooling time)
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings
SERVES 9
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins (+ 10 mins cooling time)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Minute® Instant White Rice
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/4 cups Italian bread crumbs, divided
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

  • Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Let cool completely.

    Step 2

  • Mix together rice, bacon, 3/4 cup bread crumbs, mozzarella, Parmesan and eggs until well combined.

    Step 3

  • Using wet hands, scoop 1/4-cupfuls of rice mixture into balls. Roll in bread crumbs until coated. Transfer to parchment paper–lined tray.

    Step 4

  • Meanwhile, heat large saucepan filled with enough oil to come 3 inches up side over medium heat until deep-fry thermometer reads 350˚F.

    Step 5

  • Working in batches, carefully drop rice balls into hot oil; fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Using slotted spoon, transfer rice balls to paper towel–lined tray. Let cool slightly.

    Recipe Tip

    Serve with store-bought marinara or Alfredo sauce for dipping.