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Suppli al Telefono

Suppli al Telefono

A delicious and rustic Roman street food, Suppli al Telefono are small crunchy fritters made with rice and filled with mozzarella cheese. They make a wonderful appetizer or snack. Try them dipped in tomato sauce.

Suppli al Telefono

Suppli al Telefono

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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Antipasti, Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Suppli


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (whole)
  • 200 grams tomato puree
  • 3/4 cup arborio rice (uncooked)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small fresh mozzarella (sliced into thick strips)
  • 1 large egg  (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • vegetable oil (for frying)


  • In a medium/large frying pan add the olive oil, garlic and puree, cook for approximately 10 minutes, then remove the garlic, add the rice, stir and cook for 1 minute. Add the hot broth 1-2 ladles at a time, stirring often until the rice is cooked (not mushy) and the mixture is liquid free but creamy, add pepper and taste for salt. Stir in the parmesan cheese. Move to a clean bowl and let cool completely.
  • In the palm of your hand, measure out approximately (it is best to wear gloves, as this is a bit messy) 1-1/2 heaping tablespoon of the rice mixture (you can make them smaller if you wish), in the middle place a stick of chopped mozzarella, mold into an oblong shape, making sure that the mozzarella is completely covered (you may need a bit more rice mixture to close it completely). Set aside on a clean plate until all Suppli are formed.
  • In a small bowl beat an egg, and place the bread crumbs on a plate, first roll the suppli in the egg (coating well) and then in the bread crumbs (well coated) set aside until all are rolled.
  • In a medium pot heat 2 inches of vegetable oil until it reaches the temperature of 350°F (175°C). Fry turning the supple a few times, until golden brown, make sure to keep the oil as close to 350°F as possible or the Suppli will cook too quickly and the mozzarella will not become soft and stringy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate covered with paper towels. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Keyword Appetizer, Italian food, Suppli, Suppli al Telefono
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