Tex-Mex Risotto Cakes With Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce

Let these cheesy black bean and rice cakes star in a vegetarian dinner.

Tex-Mex Risotto Cakes With Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce
Servings: 6 Prep 20 mins Chill overnight or up to 2 days Bake 450°F 20 mins

Ingredients

Risotto Cakes:
  • 4 cups cooked warm Basic Risotto (see www.familycircle.com for recipe)
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (about 4 scallions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 cup grated taco cheese blend
Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce:
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Make It

Risotto Cakes:

1. While cooked risotto is still warm, in large bowl, combine risotto, beans, cilantro, scallions, cumin, cayenne and cheese blend.

2. Coat 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread risotto mixture in even layer, about 1 inch thick, over bottom of dish. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days.

Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce:

3. In a medium-size bowl, stir together yogurt, cilantro, lime rind and juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

4. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat two 15 x 11-inch baking pans with nonstick cooking spray.

5. Remove risotto from refrigerator. Using 2-1/2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out 15 cakes. Mold scraps to form 3 additional cakes. Place 9 cakes on each prepared pan.

6. Bake the risotto cakes in 450 degree F oven for 20 minutes or until slightly browned and crispy. Serve risotto cakes with roasted carrots, warm flour tortillas and Yogurt-Cilantro Sauce on the side. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 340, Fat, total (g): 9, chol. (mg): 15, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 51, fiber (g): 5, pro. (g): 11, sodium (mg): 1241, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.