Leftover Makeover – Easy Risotto Cakes

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Risotto Cakes


Leftover Makeover – Tender Risotto Cakes

When I made risotto recently, I made a LOT, mainly because I wanted to have leftovers for the next day.  I knew I would probably have people stopping by, so I wanted to be sure I had something to make if it was around dinner, that was fast to prep and get on the table.  Tender Risotto Cakes were the perfect use.  I used my Prosciutto and Leek Risotto recipe, making it as directed and refrigerating the leftovers.  The next day, I formed it into patties, coated it in breadcrumbs, and fried it on olive oil for the best little Risotto Cakes you could imagine.  It’s a great way to makeover the leftovers to use them up in a new way.

Risotto Cakes as Appetizers or a Side Dish

You can make Risotto Cakes as an appetizer or a side dish, depending on the size and shape you make them.  I made my Risotto Cakes into little patties that resembled crab cakes and they made a wonderful side dish to the chicken I made.  You could also make them into balls and deep fry them, instead of pan frying, for a great little appetizer that is suitable for a toothpick.  Any way you make Risotto Cakes, they will be wonderful on your table or buffet.

Leftover Makeover – Easy Risotto Cakes

Leftover Makeover – Easy Risotto Cakes


  • 3 C leftover risotto, chilled
  • 1 C breadcrumbs
  • Olive or peanut oil


  1. Form the risotto into patties or balls, depending on your preference.
  2. Roll in the breadcrumbs to coat.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat. Patties need about ¼ inch of oil, while balls will need to be submerged.
  4. Fry until golden brown, turning if needed. Risotto should be hot throughout.
  5. Serve hot with desired sauces.

Sauces for Your Risotto Cakes

Nothing makes Risotto Cakes better than the sauce you drizzle on it.  I used the leftover basil oil on my cakes, but there are so many options!  If your Risotto Cakes are a little on the plain side, try mixing up garlic, parsley, and a little bit of mayonnaise.  You could make Mexican Risotto Cakes by adding some chopped chilis to your leftover risotto, and dipping them in melted queso after frying them.  You could even make an Asian version with a sriracha drizzle.  Use your imagination and make Risotto Cakes your own!

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