Cinnamon Rice Fritters

Serves 24 fritters

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1 cup Comet® or Wonder® White Rice
2 each eggs
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup sugar, divided
1 Tbsp orange zest
1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon, divided
2 cups biscuit mix
vegetable oil for frying
strawberry preserves, optional

Cooking Directions

Prepare rice according to package directions.  Cool.

In a medium bowl beat eggs, half and half, 2 tablespoons sugar, orange zest and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Stir in biscuit mix and cooked cooled rice.  In an electric deep fryer or deep pan heat oil to 350°F.  Drop mixture by rounded teaspoons into hot oil.   Cook 3 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove to a platter lined with paper towels.  

Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon and dust fritters with mixture.  Serve warm with strawberry preserves, if desired.