Friday, February 05, 2010

Autumn Wild Rice Rissoles

Yeah yeah, I know it says "autumn" and it's obviously not autumn. But I just remembered I had this recipe and it sounded so good that I decided I would make it anyway. It came together super quickly because I used some microwave brown and wild rice. I mostly just used egg whites as the binder and not the full egg. Absolutely wonderfully delicious!!! It definitely tastes like fall. Kind of like Thanksgiving. It's not really a February-ish meal, but it's so very yummy!! We would definitely make this again.


Autumn Wild Rice Rissoles
Vegetarian Times, October 2009

What's a rissole? The name comes from the French word rissoler, meaning "to brown." These yummy wild rice patties are studded with herbs, pecans, and dried cranberries, and browned to crispy perfection. Don't be daunted by all the fresh herbs on the ingredients list; most supermarkets stock a fresh herb mix that contains just enough sage, thyme, and rosemary for this recipe.

1 cup cooked wild rice
1 cup cooked brown or basmati rice
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 6-oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
2 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for cooking patties
2 Tbs. chopped fresh sage
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup saltine cracker crumbs or crushed rice crackers
3/4 cup chunky cranberry sauce

1. Stir together wild rice, brown rice, onion, dried cranberries, artichoke hearts, pecans, oil, sage, thyme, and rosemary in large bowl. Fold in eggs, then cracker crumbs. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Shape mixture into 12 1/4-cup patties. (At this point, rissoles can be chilled up to 24 hours.)

2. Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 patties to hot skillet, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and crispy on 1 side. Flip patties, and cook 3 to 4 minutes more, or until browned and crispy on second side. Repeat with remaining patty mixture until you have 12 patties. Serve each patty topped with 1 Tbs. cranberry sauce.

Yield: 6 servings

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