Risotto Cakes with Glazed Mushrooms; listening to books

We don’t often have leftover risotto.

We rarely have leftover risotto that is suitable for Risotto Cakes.

For Cakes or Arancini, the true Italian use of cold risotto, one needs a simple risotto that is not full of meat and vegetables.

I made extra Parsley Risotto.

We had this as a first course, but it could work as a side dish or as part of a lunch with soup or salad.

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Risotto Cakes with Glazed Mushrooms

Use leftover, simple risotto for this, one without meat or vegetables. I make extra!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: First Courses


  • 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, trimmed, sliced
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs butter, divided
  • 1 tbs olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup leftover risotto, room temperature
  • 1 egg


  • Risotto Cakes:
  • Lightly whisk egg in a medium bowl.
  • Add risotto and mix.
  • Heat half the butter and oil in a mdium skillet over medium heat.
  • Divide the risotto in half and add each half to the skillet.
  • Pat it down, spreading it out into 2 ‘cakes’.
  • Sauté for 10 minutes. They should together and fairly well and the tops should start to look dry.
  • Carefully turn and brown the other side, another 7 – 10 minutes.
  • Mushrooms:
  • Heat remaining butter and oil, and Worcestershire in medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add mushrooms and sauté, stirring frequently, until they are dark and glazed, about 10 minutes.
  • You may have to turn the heat down a bit after 7 or 8 minutes.
  • Set aside and partially cover to keep warm until risotto cakes are ready.


I had a variety of mushrooms, but regular button mushrooms are great.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 324
  • Sugar: 2.9 g
  • Sodium: 205.7 mg
  • Fat: 15.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 7.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 108.3 mg

Keywords: risotto, mushrooms

Risotto Cakes with Mushrooms

Mushroom Risotto could also work for these – if there is any left.

Now that I’m walking alone I’m listening to books.

I thought it was going to be easy.

I thought I could just download the audio for whatever book I’m reading for a nominal price.

I get notices every time I order a Kindle book, asking me if I’d like to get the audio, also. I’ve always just ignored them.

Now I’m paying attention.

It turns out that, while I may be able to buy the Kindle book for 2.99 the audio version could be 2.99 or, most likely, 12.99 or 15.99.

Or I could buy the Kindle book for 8.99 and the audio version could be 2.99 or 12.99 or 15.99.

I’m not going to be listening to books often enough to justify an Audible subscription (15.99 per month).

At the moment I’m listening to 1 audio book, bought for 1.99 and reading a different book, bought for 2.99.

Another new learning experience….

6 thoughts on “Risotto Cakes with Glazed Mushrooms; listening to books”

  1. I would eat just the risotto cakes for lunch. What a delicious idea.

    I have an Audible subscription but I think I’m going to cancel it. I have so many audio books I haven’t even listened to yet, I’ll just buy the ones from my favorite authors when I buy their kindle edition and leave it at that. I used to have a “silver” subscription with Audible so was only charged every other month and only $9.99 a month but sadly, that’s gone away too. It’s just too expensive anymore.

    • It’s 15.99 for a subscription and it’s definitely not worth it. A 1.99 book can keep me happy on my walks for 3 – 4 weeks. It’s the only time I listen and I don’t read it in-between walks.
      I don’t listen when I’m in the garden – that’s my ‘meditation’ time lol

  2. I’m with you on this. I can’t justify a subscription to Audible. Maybe look into audible books on Spotify as I have listened to podcasts via them in the past for free

  3. We NEVER have left-over risotto. I think we’re going to have to make way way way too much just so we can have these cakes with glazed mushrooms.

    15.99 does sound very reasonable for a subscription but we are spoiled with paying nothing at all for our subscription. Our public library has a huge selection of e-books – both audio and visual. I am addicted to reading e-books (so handy at night with a low back light on the screen so nobody can complain and ask plaintively, “are you sleeping? Turn off the light!!”). But my husband gets audio books out because he needs reading glasses to read. Actual pages are lovely but the electronic versions are so great!

    • Occasionally we have a spoonful or 2 left after dinner – which never makes it into the fridge as the person in charge of leftovers (me) doesn’t want to bother saving it… so eats it.
      I make extra and remove it immediately to a safe place when I actually want leftovers.
      I wish I had access to a library with lots of English books… But I have managed to get a well-stocked Kindle with the daily deals. Plus I am happy to re-read.

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