Shaved baby artichoke salad with risotto cakes

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 8
Shaved baby artichoke salad with risotto cakes
(Los Angeles Times)

Risotto cakes


Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, then add the onion and cook until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir until it is well coated with oil. Add the wine and stir until it evaporates.


Slowly add the stock a little at a time, waiting for the liquid to incorporate before adding more. Stir frequently. Cook about 20 minutes. The rice should be fairly well cooked, not al dente, but not mush either. Remove from heat and stir in the mascarpone, butter and Parmesan until melted. Allow to cool.


Spread the risotto into a 9-by-13-inch dish and refrigerate 1 hour until chilled.


Shape the chilled risotto into 8 patties by hand. Put the flour, egg and panko into 3 separate shallow dishes. Dip each risotto cake into flour, shake off the excess, then dip into the egg, then the panko. Chill 30 minutes.


Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the risotto cakes and cook on both sides until light golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes each side. Keep warm until serving time.

Lemon vinaigrette


In a small mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, mustard, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk until blended.



Remove part of the stem and clean the artichokes, peeling away the tough outer leaves. Cut off the prickly tip. Slice the whole artichokes thinly on a mandolin, and place in water with lemon juice to keep the slices from turning brown.


In a medium bowl, toss the drained artichoke slices with the basil, chives, grated Parmesan and half of the lemon vinaigrette.


To serve, place a portion of salad on top of each risotto cake. Garnish with shaved Parmesan. Drizzle the remaining lemon vinaigrette around the risotto cakes.

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