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Risotto Patties over Greens

Traditional risotto -- Arborio rice slowly thickened with repeated additions of flavored stock -- is formed into patties, quickly browned, and served over a bed of dressed baby greens.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1999


  • 3 1/2 cups Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill, plus 6 sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint leaves
  • 6 ounces mixed baby greens
  • Olive-oil cooking spray


  1. Place stock in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; let simmer. Line a baking sheet with parchment; set aside.

  2. Coat a large straight-sided saute pan with cooking spray; place over medium heat. Add onion, and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add rice, and saute stirring, until the edges of the grains are translucent, about 1 minute. Add scallions, and cook, stirring, until bright green, about 1 minute.

  3. Raise heat to medium high; add 1/2 cup simmering stock to rice, and cook, stirring constantly, until nearly all of the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding liquid, 1/2 cup at a time, and cook, stirring constantly, allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding the next. With the last addition of stock, add peas; continue cooking until rice is creamy but grains are still firm in the centers, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in dill and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  4. Transfer risotto to a bowl, and let cool 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Form into six patties, each 3 inches in diameter. Place patties on a prepared baking sheet, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  5. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn patties, and cook until brown and hot, about 5 minutes more.

  6. Combine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and mint in a medium bowl; whisk to combine. Add greens; toss. Divide greens among six plates; top with rice patties. Garnish with dill; serve.

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