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Rice bomb

Maria Fazio

This recipe was sent in by Maria Fazio from Italy

Rice bomb

The finished dish

This recipe was my grandmother Vincenza's recipe, that my mother Peppina cooks on the festive occasions. I also cook the “BOMB” for lunches with guests, because this complete meal is very much liked by everyone. I think it is called “BOMB” for its hidden content, which “explodes” with surprising flavours when you cut it into pieces.

Maria Fazio


  • 700g long-grained rice
  • 75ml (6 tbsp) oil (preferably olive oil)
  • 50g butter
  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 700g meat: 500g veal meat for stewing and 2 big sausages, cut into pieces (otherwise choose your favourite meat: pork meat for stewing, chicken or pigeon - deboned after cooking in the sauce - and their giblets also if you like them).
  • 250ml tomato puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g cheese, grated (preferably Parmesan cheese)
  • 220ml milk
  • 220ml water
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Cubes of butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: 1 handful dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in a cup of tepid water for 30 minutes. Drain well and mince a little. Put in the saucepan at the same time that you add the meat.


  1. First make the sauce. In a large saucepan, heat the oil and the butter, add the onion and cook until the onion is soft and translucent but not brown, then sauté the meat and the sausages on all sides for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato puree and water, salt and pepper. Let this come to the boil, cover and simmer until the meat is cooked, then take out the meat and put it on one side.
  3. Meanwhile in salted water partially boil the rice (7 minutes), drain and when it’s cold add the sauce described above, the milk, the eggs and the Parmesan cheese. Blend all the ingredients and add salt and pepper to your taste.
  4. Oil well a non-stick mould (or a mould covered with oven-proof paper), then sprinkle breadcrumbs on the bottom and sides.
  5. Pour one half of the rice mixture into the mould, then add the pieces of meat and sausages (which have been removed from the sauce.)
  6. Cover with the other half of the rice and flatten the surface with a spatula so that the two layers of rice come together.
  7. Sprinkle more breadcrumbs on the surface and put on the cubes of butter.
  8. Bake on the middle shelf of a moderately hot oven at 180° C for about 50 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Take the mould out of the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  9. Turn out on a platter and serve the BOMB cutting it into big slices (one per person) in front of fellow diners, amazing them with the content’s “explosion” of surprising flavours.

This serves 8 people.

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Walter, Albania
I have not tried yet but it smells good and I'll definitely give a try cos it's italian no joke when ti comes to cooking.Thank you in advanceRegards

Anju, Singapore
Its almost similar to "Biriyani" that we prepare in India. But Biriyani will be spicy and hot.

Stanley, China
Well, it's strange. I have never have this kind of experience. But I'd like to have a try

Jorge, Brazil
It´s wonderful and delicious.

Rahou, Morocco
I would to tell you :thank you for this dish it's look very delicious i'll try

Joachim, Tanzania
very nice and delicious,i will try my self to.

Ginete, France
It's a wonderful recipe. thanks a lot

Abdulla, UAE
actually, i love it and it make me feel hangry..., i hope eating it right now

Samah, Egypt
Sure I'll try tis recipe because it is different from our traditional way of cooking rice here in Egypt

Reyazuddin, Kalimpong, India

I.Gamini, Sri Lanka
i ll try to cook.It's very useful to us

Vincent, Turin, Italy
What a delicious recipe! It's similar to "Sicily's arancini" but without peas and different shape . I'll tray to make it next week . Bye

Fahime, Iran

Miguel, Mozambique
thats looks delicious i will try it right now

Boska, Serbia
thank you so much for this easy and tasted food.I will try the first with the brown rice,and I will let you know.Thank you once again.caoBoska

Pepa, Spain
very nice, very delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is very rich

Zhenya, Russia
I've tried this recipe 30 min. ago. It exceed all my expectations!!! It's very, very tasty and it's easy. Each piece have their own wonderful taste! Thank you very much. I think this dish will be very often on my table.

Matinuela, Italy
yes, I love it! good girl

Fiyameta, Japan
Wow it looks delicious. I will try to cook. Thanks!

Iman, Iran
Perfect, i tried it and also taste it.Really tsty.Thank you very much.

Pratikshya, Nepal
I tried it, its really amazing.

Maria Fazio, Italy
Hi everybody! I'm the Rice Bomb's cook! Can I thank here all the people for their opinion about my Bomb Rice recipe and answer some of all their lovable comments ?

I have to specify that it's said this recipe's name derives from the hemispheric shape of the baking mold used traditionally , then the timbale can seem a bomb ! But no everyone owns that mold, so I preferred ascribe a more suggestive meaning, to exalt the dish's taste and the pleasant feel between the diners. And I can add another one meaning if I think about this timbale's calories :it's like a bomb! However it's a complete meal and a moderate portion cannot compromise the diet. I agree it's possible to find some likeness with Arancini, the delicious Sicilian speciality :I well Know the little ones, the little rice's balls filled with meal ragout , peas and stringy cheese, like little oranges for their color and shape ( I ate them many times during the travels in Sicily to visit my father's relatives in the past: thanks for recalling in my mind those adolescence's beautiful moments).But I never saw a pyramidal Arancina as big as a "timbale": it's very interesting!

About the rice's cooking:if you use long grained rice for "risotto" (its normal cooking is about 18 minutes ), 7 minutes of boil is the right time in order to prepare the bomb, believe me , the resultant cooking ,after the oven, is right for this dish,the taste is good!

Alternative ingredients:I'm sorry in knowing butter and cheese are so expansive or difficult to find for some people in the world. I think it's possible to use margarine or add oil instead butter (however if you like and you need butter for other recipes you can find and see on Internet how to make it at home with fresh cream: it's very easy ).But I don't know an alternative for the cheese which gives its taste and helps to assemble all ingredients together. So I think it's possible to substitute Parmesan with another seasoned cow's cheese ( or goat, sheep's cheese also), otherwise : proof to add other eggs (one or two) to better assemble the ingredients, giving up the cheese's taste!

My last suggestion:when I have few time to spend in my kitchen, I prepare the Bomb in two times, cooking the meat sauce one day before.It's very useful!

Finally I wish to thank BBC Learning and dearest Carrie for giving me a lot of joy especially in finding so many kind and agreeable friends.My best wishes to everybody.

Giancarlo, Italy
I'd like to have a wife-cook like you!..Anyway I'll pray my wife to cook your recipe...and I'll help her if she wants!!!!!!

Graziella, Italy
It sounds very good Congratulations for the explanation..are you a teacher?sure you are an exceptional cook: i'd like to have a friend like you!! I'm not a good cook however I'll try it on Saturday!

Lafira, India
Its looks yummy

Aijun Sun, China Beijing
Looks great, sounds like a bigger size rice cake. The only conern I have is if it will break into small pieces when you slice it.

Viktor, Bulgaria
Sounds very good! Yummy and srcummy as it's said. I'm going to try it as soon as possible!

Negin, Iran
the name is really interesting and in my countery make rice similar your FOOD i think your recipe is vwre interesting

Okafor Cyprian, Tansi, Nigeria
Hi, First and foremost,thanks to the programme team for this maximum opportunity granted to me. When at first I saw this recipe called"BOMB" I refused it. But,as soon as I read about all the ingredients used in preparing "BOMB",my throat nearly fell on the ground_ Truly,I would have loved gotten married to an Italian girl,because I cannot wait to eat"BOMB". Thanks

Wala2, Palestine
wow,sounds good iwill try it i like it before i taste it thank u 4 this recipe

Sevgen, North Cyprus
The name is really interesting. Also,the use of pigeons' meat is interesting too.Until now I thought only in my country pigeons are eaten.

Chhering Dolka, Nepal
i like way of making food n can u plz give more information about other food which i want to know okey n thanks

Fabio, Catania, Sicily
hi everybody,i don't want to contradic mrs maria fazio but it's called "arancina" actually.The real form is like a pyramid.Its called "arancina" thanks to orange colour....enjoy your arancina..bye

Fathi, Sudan
you are a good chief

Marcar, Brazil
Very good recipe! It seems to the one my (also) italian family used to cook... is different but as good as that one. They only differ from one another in their main ingredient: we didn't use rice, instead we cooked it with massa (usually when it was did more than enough, we added eggs, milk and cheese to the leftovers and bake, covering it with tomato sauce). This result is different and as good as it is because it is properly intended.I tried and found it delicious! I'm becoming a cook because I'm experimenting all these so diverse recipes that fasten together look a very very posh collection!

Fahad Abdullah
really delicious !!it relates much much to our Arabic food.specially when it comes to rice and breadcrumbs.thumbs up !!i loved it

Elmer, Philippines
It looks fantastic.I'm going to try it tonight.

Stefano Devoti, Borgotaro
are all good Borgo's BOMBS!!!

Panchalee, Thailand
It is great!!

Meri, Italy
It seems easy,I'll try soon bye bye

Clau, Argentina
Great!i`ll do it...

Hannes Pahl, Germany
I had the opportunity to taste this delicious meal during a visit to Borgotaro in northern Italy. If I remembere right it was even prepared by Signora Fazios mother. "La bomba" gives you the taste of rural Italy and even cold or slightly warm it is a real pleasure!Enjoy!

Jana, Slovakia
Sounds delicious, sure I want to try it:)) Thanks a lot, Maria !

Victor, Taiwan
a delicious recipe for chinese

My Trang , Vietnam
Wow, it looks delicous ^^ Thank you very much for your recipe ^^

Rosemary, Brazil
I´ve not tried yet. In fact, I´ve just read the recipe. But I am already in love. I need to make it. I mean, I need to translate this recipe e beg my mother to do it! (eheheh) Kisses for you, Maria!

Goran, Belgium
Maria it looks fantastic. Unfortunately, I have to reduce the weigh. The recipe is too heavy for me.

Mirka Pudilova, Czech Republic
I would like to see a big slice on the photo.I like Italien cuisin,pasta,pizza and salades but this recipe must be absolutly delicieous.

Ozden, Turkey
Thank you very much for this nice recipe , I will try it at the weekend :)

James Li, China
Hi,Maria Not like wester and American countries, cheese and butters are very rare and expensive in China. they can only be bought in some large supermarkets. So are there any alternative ways to make it? thanks!

Ewa, Poland
wow! This sounds so delicious. I am going to try this. Thank you.

Burcu, Turkey
Hi Maria!I like your recipe, because i like rice:) I wanto ask something: You said 'in salted water partially boil the rice (7 minutes)'. Don't this make the rice be bigger? is this good taste?

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