Brown Rice & Goat Cheese Cakes

Brown Rice & Goat Cheese Cakes

Medium-grain brown rice has a toothsome texture and nutty flavor that complement creamy, earthy goat cheese in these elegant cakes. Serve over salad greens as a main course.

From EatingWell: March/April 2008
Yield: 6 servings
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  1. 3/4 cup medium-grain brown rice
  2. 1 1/2 cups water
  3. 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  4. 6 medium shallots, chopped
  5. 2 medium carrots, shredded using the large holes of a box grater
  6. 1/2 cup toasted pecans, (see Tip)
  7. 3 ounces goat cheese
  8. 1 large egg white
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Bring rice and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer at the lowest bubble until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, 30 to 50 minutes (see Test Kitchen Note). Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; cook, stirring often, until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add carrots, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until softened and the shallots are lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  4. Transfer the cooked vegetables and rice to a large food processor. Add pecans, goat cheese, egg white, thyme, salt and pepper. Pulse until well blended but still a little coarse. Scrape into a large bowl. With wet hands, form the mixture into six 3-inch patties (about 1/2 cup each).
  5. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook until well browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle registers at least 160°F, 10 to 15 minutes.

Tips & Notes


Nutrition Per Serving: 250 calories; 14 g fat (3 g sat, 7 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 274 mg sodium; 250 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 1/2 fat