Cheesy Millet Risotto Cakes

Cheesy Millet Risotto Cakes

This risotto-like snack with a gooey cheese center is rich in protein and nutrients. If you want to freeze some for future cooking, once you shape the cakes into patties, freeze them for 30 minutes on a tray, transfer to a resealable bag, and freeze for up to 4 months, then defrost in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking.
Servings 10 cakes
Calories 118 kcal


  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 small garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 string cheese sticks each sliced into 6 pieces
  • 3 slices gluten-free bread crusts removed, processed in a food processor to crumbs
  • Gluten-free olive oil baking spray
  • Pizza sauce ketchup, or tomato sauce for dipping (optional)


  1. Bring the millet and 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon of water to a boil in a saucepan with a lid. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the millet and salt and stir to combine. Remove from the heat, stir in the Parmesan cheese, let cool, and refrigerate until cold, at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Remove the millet mixture from the fridge and stir in the egg. Chill the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes. Shape 2 tablespoons of the mixture around 1 piece of cheese, completely covering the cheese, to form a thick patty. Season the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper and dredge the patties in the crumbs, pressing the crumbs into the patties to adhere them. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the patties on the sheet, then lightly coat them with baking spray. Bake for 15 minutes or until the patties are lightly toasted. Serve with dipping sauce, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Millet Risotto Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 220mg10%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 91IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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