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Baked Spinach Risotto Cake

Baked risotto cake boxedContemporary Australia’s love affair with Italian food has never lost its ardour, rather, the relationship has become more like that of an old married couple who have grown comfortable in one another’s company. Italian inspired pasta dishes appear on week night family menus across the land, but many home cooks are intimidated by the mystique surrounding risotto. This baked risotto cake is simple to prepare, there are no tricky tecniques, easy even for an inexperienced cook.

I started cooking from Claudia Roden’s “The Food of Italy” when it was hot off the presses in 1990. From its contents I first made perfect pesto and salsa verde. I have adapted the recipe for Rice and Spinach Cake to create this flexible, never fail baked risotto cake. The food splattered page and numerous pencil annotations on the page are indicative of my ever changing variations.

Because the risotto cake travels well it makes perfect picnic food. Serves 8 – 10 with a simple salad.

500g fresh young spinach leavesBaked risotto cake ingreds

1 tablespoon olive oil

500g Arborio rice

¼ cup snipped chives

¼ cup finely chopped parsley

30g melted butter, cooled

60g grated parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

3 large eggs

¼ cup finely sliced dried tomatoes

Good grinding black pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

2 tomatoes, thinly sliced

2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese extra

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 30cm round springform cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper.

Thoroughly wash the spinach leaves, then transfer to a large pot, sprinkle with olive oil. Put the pot over a high heat and quickly cook the spinach until it wilts. Refresh under cold water. Squeeze as much water from the spinach as you can, chop the leaves roughly then set aside.

Cook the rice in well salted boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and refresh.

In a large bowl combine the rice, spinach, chives, parsley, butter, cheese, nutmeg, eggs, and dried tomatoes. Season well and stir thoroughly.

Tip the rice mixture into the prepared cake tin. Press it down and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.

Arrange halved tomato slices over the top surface of the risotto then sprinkle with the extra parmesan cheese.

Cover the tin with aluminium foil and bake for ½ hour. Remove the foil and continue to back for a further ½ hour. The risotto cake is ready when it feels firm in the centre.

Remove from the oven, rest for 10 minutes, then remove the sides of the tin.

Serve hot or cold.

Baked risotto cake slices

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

9 comments on “Baked Spinach Risotto Cake

  1. Pingback: Sweet Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto Cake | Please Pass the Recipe

  2. johnnysenough hepburn
    March 3, 2013

    This could also be a great way to use up leftover risotto the following day. I’ve tried making cakes and they were okay. This I would far prefer.

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    • ladyredspecs
      March 3, 2013

      I see no reason at all why not, save the crumbing and frying mess plus calories galore!

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  3. Meg
    February 27, 2013

    I think I will be testing this one out on my boyfriend! He is a recent advocate of risotto, and quiche is his favourite any time. Thanks 🙂

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  4. malgay651
    February 25, 2013

    It’s even tastier than it looks

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  5. Fae's Twist & Tango
    February 25, 2013

    What a pretty rice dish with great ingredients.. I’m sure I’m going to love it! Fae.

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This entry was posted on February 25, 2013 by in FODMAP diet, Food, Gluten Free, Light Savoury Dishes, Main Meals, Rice dishes and tagged , , , , , .
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