Chive Risotto Cakes

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I was watching the Barefoot Contessa the other day and she was making Chive Risotto Cakes.  I remembered flagging this recipe a while back.  It was in Ina Garten’s Back to Basics cookbook.  They sounded great and looked even better!

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Well….if I were to make these again, there are number of things I would do differently.  Here’s a list of changes I would make:

  • I would use 1 egg instead of two — the mixture was too wet and didn’t hold their shape well
  • I would put the Fontina in the freezer for 30 minute prior to grating it — it was rather soft and hard to grate
  • I would make the rice mixture the day before and let it sit in the fridge overnight
  • I would form the patties and coat them with Panko several hours before frying them
  • I would add salt and pepper to the Panko crumbs — the cakes needed additional seasoning

With that being said, I’m not sure I would make these again.  They were a lot of work and the “WOW” factor just wasn’t there.  Don’t get me wrong, they were good, but I honestly don’t know if I’d make them again.

Have you tried this recipe by Ina Garten?  Or, any of Ina Garten’s recipes?  If so, what did you make and how did it turn out?


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2 thoughts on “Chive Risotto Cakes”

  1. I’m reading this during my lunch break at work 🙂 so I’m not sure of the name of Ina’s first book, but I have all of her books but the Back to Basics one. The granola in her first book is DIVINE! My family requests it all the time so I try to keep it in stock. I’ve also made her Plum Tart (YUM!) and her Potatoes Au Gratin. I’ve not run into a recipe yet that I didn’t like. That being said, I don’t know that I would have made this recipe above. I’m not a big fan of rosotto and I would have avoided it. It does sound like you gave it your all in making them.

    Also, I try and keep a few cheeses in my freezer in blocks just for grating. I try and grate cheese and not buy the bags in the store with the added ingredients. My PC (Pampered Chef) grater works great but only when the cheese is frozen. Good tip there!

    One last question, would you form the patties above and then set them in the refrigerator to harden up a bit before frying??

    Deanne G

    • Deanne — I love, love, love Ina! I’ll have to try the granola recipe – I think the book’s name is “Parties!”. I have them all except for Barefoot in Paris. If you get a chance, try the Outrageous Brownies! I can’t remember what book it’s in, but the recipe is posted on my blog.

      This recipe was a lot of work. I would definitely enjoy these much more if someone made them for me 🙂 Thanks for the tip on keeping the cheese in the freezer — I need to start doing that!

      I did try putting the cakes in the fridge (I even stuck them in the freezer for a bit when I saw they weren’t holding up) but didn’t have much luck.

      Thanks for reading the blog! Be sure to share any successes that you have! I’d love to hear about them!

      Happy cooking!


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