Risotto cake recipe

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  • Recipes
  • Dish type
  • Main course
  • Risotto

A savoury leek and herb risotto but made in the shape of a cake. It's baked and sliced into wedges for serving. You could use a muffin tin and make mini cakes, if you prefer.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 1 leek, washed and thinly sliced
  • 600ml chicken stock, divided
  • 200g uncooked short-grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 85g light mozzarella cheese (or use regular if preferred)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley, for garnish
  • 1 lemon - cut into wedges, for garnish

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:55min ›Ready in:1hr5min

  1. Place the chopped leek and 3 tablespoons of the chicken stock in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, and cook for about 5 minutes, until the leeks has softened. Add the rice, and the remaining chicken stock; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all of the stock has been absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6. Lightly grease a 23cm (9 in) springform tin.
  3. When the rice is tender, remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the lemon zest, chives, parsley and mozzarella cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon into the springform tin, and spread evenly. Cover the top of the tin with foil.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden brown on top. Run a thin spatula or knife around the outer edge of the tin, and turn the cake out onto a serving plate. Serve hot or cold, sliced into wedges. Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.

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Reviews in English (25)


Very different, and good. I made it the night before and served it cold the next day. I also really liked how it tasted warm, with the cheese all melty, before I baked it. You could eat it just like that, too. I had a hard time getting it out of the pan and recommend lining the bottom of your pan with parchment paper to make this easier. I think I would take this to a summer cookout; its nice and refreshing for a hot day and something different from potato salad!-27 May 2005

by JudyJudyJudy

I LOVE Risotto so I couldn't wait to try this. DO use Italian Arborio Rice for this and all risotto dishes. I also add the chicken broth (heated) in about 3 amounts as it helps to soak. I followed the recipe exactly and used a springform pan. (Next time I'll try parmesan cheese instead) I made two and the first one I did not cook long enough so when I took it out it was not a beautiful brown color. The second worked perfectly.-09 Jun 2007

by Rowena

I have been looking for a recipe for this dish for years. I used to buy these cold from an Italian cafe. I adapted the recipe to their version- using a muffin pan to make individual cakes. I also threw in some corn kernels and chopped fresh asparagus and finally, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and served with a side salad. Thanks for the recipe!-23 Feb 2007