Risotto Cakes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 30 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 40 min
 
YIELD: 6 large cakes
LEVEL: Intermediate

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Directions

For the risotto: In a medium saucepan, heat the chicken broth to a simmer. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the shallots to the butter, cooking until fragrant and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the Arborio rice and lightly toast, stirring to coat in the butter and shallots. Add the white wine, continuing to cook while stirring until the wine is absorbed. You should be able to run your spoon through the risotto and have the indentation stay.

Using a ladle, add enough of the warm chicken broth to cover the rice, stirring constantly over medium heat until the broth is completely absorbed. Repeat the process 3 more times, adding the broth in stages while continuing to stir. Once all of the chicken broth has been added and the rice is tender, add the peas, lemon juice and lemon zest and stir to combine.

Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan, mozzarella and season with salt and pepper. Cool the risotto by spreading it evenly over a sheet tray. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.

Once the risotto is cooled, form the mixture into burger-size patties, about 1-inch thick. Set up a dredging station with the flour in one dish, beaten eggs in another and panko breadcrumbs in another. Dip the rice patties into the flour, then into the eggs and finally coat them in the panko breadcrumbs.

In a large skillet, heat 1/2-inch vegetable oil over medium heat until a pinch of panko sizzles when dropped in the oil. Working in batches of 2 to 3, fry the risotto cakes until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side (use a fish spatula under the cake and the back of a fork on top to help stabilize while flipping). Transfer to a wire rack, which will help them stay crispy. Season with salt and they are ready to serve.

Cook's Note: This is a great way to use up leftover risotto.

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  • on November 10, 2014

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    My wife and I just finished eating the risotto cakes and pot roast. They were excellent. We will make them again. Thank you for the recipe Kelsey.

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  • on November 10, 2013

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    Excellent - made with pot roast. Very good alternative to potato

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  • on September 21, 2012

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    O.M.G. This is sooooo good. I make Risotto alot for my family and have added all kinds of things in it. BUT A PANKO FRIED RISOTTO CAKE IS THE BOMB! I made this, only used sauteed sliced baby ports. Not into peas much, too pastey in my opinion, but wanted some green so I added fresh chopped parsley. Also switched out motz for Asiago, parm and reg instead. Recipe turned out yummy! Thanks Kelsey.

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