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Shaved baby artichoke salad with risotto cakes

Shaved baby artichoke salad with risotto cakes
Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: Could you please get the recipe for a starter of shaved baby artichokes piled on a cake of risotto at Napa Valley Grille? It is the flavors of the artichoke that are delicious. TAMI WILSON Westwood Hills Dear ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour plus chilling time | Serves 8

Risotto cakes

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 1/2 cups warmed chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups panko crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Step 1Heat 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.

Step 2Slowly 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.

Step 3Spread the risotto into a 9-by-13-inch dish and refrigerate 1 hour until chilled.

Step 4Shape 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.

Step 5Melt 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

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, pepper

Step 1In a small mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, mustard, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk until blended.

Assembly

  • 12 baby artichokes
  • Lemon juice
  • 6 basil leaves, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Lemon vinaigrette
  • Risotto cakes
  • 2 ounces shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish

Step 1Remove 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.

Step 2In a medium bowl, toss the drained artichoke slices with the basil, chives, grated Parmesan and half of the lemon vinaigrette.

Step 3To 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.

Each of 8 servings:
517 calories; 12 grams protein; 31 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 39 grams fat; 12 grams saturated fat; 94 mg. cholesterol; 307 mg. sodium.
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