As an extra treat, slip a piece of cheese into the middle of the cake as you shape it, as with arancine. That bit of melted cheese with the chewy rice and the crunchy pan-fried bits makes an unbeatable combination. You can also dip the risotto cakes in egg and panko to make an extra-crispy crust.
Serve these risotto cakes over a plate of dressed salad greens for an easy weeknight meal. I also like cold risotto cakes, making them a good choice for lunches at my desk and long airplane rides.
Here are a few recipes to inspire your cooking:
• Risotto Cakes with Roasted Tomatoes and Arugula from Martha Stewart • Mushroom Risotto Cakes from Epicurious • Fontina Risotto Cakes with Chives from Bon Appétit
Have you ever done this?
(Image: Martha Stewart)