Friday, March 18, 2011

Risotto Cakes with Crispy Cheese Curls

I promised you a recipe for leftover risotto. And I thought I'd drop by and share it with you before I trot off and enjoy my 36th birthday. I don't have much planned...just a quiet day with my loves. I was greeted in bed with some homemade cards (aren't those the best?) and some hot coffee too. And now I'm enjoying the peace of the morning, sitting at my sunny kitchen table and listening to my favorite Pandora station. Life is good.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and wish you a very happy FRIDAY.

Risotto Cakes Topped with Crispy Cheese Curls
Printable Recipe

These are perfect for lunch, as an appetizer or for a light dinner. It works well with any kind of leftover risotto, cold is best so they hold together better. I used this recipe. I served these crisp cakes on a bed of arugula that I tossed with some olive oil and orange muscat vinegar. It was a simple and satisfying meal...and one that I could eat a lot more often.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: serves 2 as a main portion, 4 as an appetizer


2 cups of cooked, leftover risotto
1/4 cup fine dried breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
8 tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan cheese


1. Using damp hands, shape the risotto into 8 small patties. Place the breadcrumbs on a plate, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Dredge each patty through the crumbs, coating both sides. Set the coated patties on a plate.

2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Drop in cheese by the tablespoonful and cook until golden brown and melted, about 1-2 minutes. Then flip and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes more. While cheese is still hot, shape around a chopstick into a spiral shape, if desired. They will crisp up like crackers as they cool. Set aside.

3. Heat olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add risotto cakes and cook for 3-4 minutes, carefully flipping when they are golden brown. Cook for 3-4 minutes more on the second side.

4. Serve over a bed of arugula, tossed with olive oil and vinegar, if desired. Top with cheese curls.


Cape Cod Judy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It sounds like a perfect start to your natal day. I do hope the remainder of it is just as beautiful.

I just recently saw a recipe for cheese curls - a bit more difficult than yours. Think I'll try these instead. But I'm still not convinced that making risotto is all that easy.....


Alison said...

Risotto IS easy. So are the curls. Thanks for the birthday wishes! xxoo