Lemon and Herb Risotto cake are cheesy, herbaceous and delicious, it makes a low-fat main course when served with a green salad but makes an excellent side dish when meat is the main course. It can also be served cold and packs excellently for picnics.
Ingredients (for 6 persons)
- 1 leek, thinly sliced
- 2 1/2 cups chicken stock, divided
- 1 cup uncooked short-grain white rice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 sprigs fresh parsley, for garnish
- 1 lemon – cut into wedges, for garnish
(Preparation time: 10 mins; cooking time: 55 mins)
Place the leek and 3 tablespoons of the chicken stock in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 5 minutes, until leek is tender. Add the rice, and the remaining chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan.
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 pan, and spread evenly. Cover the top of the pan with aluminum foil.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and lightly browned. Run a thin spatula or knife around the outer edge of the pan, and invert the cake onto a serving plate. Serve hot or cold, sliced into wedges. Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.
Per Serving: 177 calories; 2.9 g fat; 32 g carbohydrates; 6.6 g protein; 9 mg cholesterol; 383 mg sodium
Inside Cooking Ep 49: Lemon and Herb Risotto Cake
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