This fabulous vegetarian entree is one of the recipes in my Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner Series! Crispy Pancetta Rice Cakes with Tomato Basil Relish is a perfect addition to the “World Tour Week’s” Menu!
Leftover rice is transformed into pancetta spiked fritters stuffed with melty mozzarella, and served with a fresh tomato-basil relish! Hot fritters, cold salad, what a fabulous combination for your taste buds to savor.
This vegetarian entree is served on Friday evening of my World Tour Week’s menu. It’s paired with a fabulous dessert of Cranberry-Caramel Baked Apples that are cut in half before roasting for a fast weeknight treat!
You’ll make the Salted Caramel Sauce during your “post-shopping” prep session that I’ve planned for you. The caramel sauce is also used on fresh pineapple spears with toasted almonds on another evening during the week. That’s how the Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner system works!
And just what fabulous leftovers are used to make this incredible meatless Weekday Gourmand meal?
It starts with the basmati rice I cooked as a side dish for Monday night’s dinner. The whole “World Tour Week” begins with Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork and Roasted Asian Broccoli. You’ll cook up a side of rice garnished with green onions and sliced almonds as a simple weeknight side dish.
I shared the picture of Monday’s dinner with you later in this post.
Keep reading to see what’s on the rest of the World Tour Week’s menu. If you’re serious about eating fabulous dinners all week long, then you’ll love my Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner Series.
Don’t worry about what kind of rice you’ve got leftover in your refrigerator. With my method of making these fabulous mozzarella stuffed fritters, it won’t really matter too much.
And to prove my point, this recipe is based on using leftover Basmati rice. Earlier in the week it was made to accompany my recipe for Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork for Monday night’s dinner.
The secret to making rice cakes that will really stick together is dicing and smushing half of the cooked rice. That makes it glutenous and sticky, allowing it to act as a binder, along with beaten egg added to the mixture.
You probably recognize this recipe is a riff on the delicious arancini of Italy. They’re arborio rice balls which are stuffed with assorted fillings of meat or cheese.
But, with my technique for the rice preparation, you absolutely do not need leftover arborio rice to make fabulous fried rice cakes.
Any kind you like will do!
Tips for Making Crispy Pancetta Rice Cakes:
While your pancetta-rice mixture is firming up in the refrigerator, get your Tomato Basil Relish prepared. It’s fresh and fabulous with red bell peppers and purple onion lending tons of crunch and texture to the finished relish. Take a few moments to wash and dry your greens while you’re at it. That way, you can have your plates assembled and ready when your rice cakes are browned and sizzling hot.
I love the yin-yang of the cold Tomato Basil Relish and greens against the hot rice cakes and oozing cheese. It’s a real treat for a Friday night homecooked meal, wouldn’t you agree?
The recipe card for Crispy Pancetta Rice Cakes with Tomato Basil Relish is at the bottom of this post.
I’m thrilled to introduce you to a new series I’ll be featuring here at Ingredients For A Fabulous Life. The Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner features 7 days of gourmet dinner menus, not just one recipe per day.
Periodically I’ll add a new week of fresh and creative gourmet menus and recipes for you to try at home. I think you’ll love the “Weekday Gourmand” meal planning concept I’ve come up with for you.
Not only do you eat fabulous meals every night, my menu plans are created to use up all your ingredients too! Yes, you’ll need some pancetta for WEEKNIGHT BEEF BOURGUIGNON and HARICOTS VERTS WITH SHALLOT- PANCETTA BUTTER on Thursday.
But you’ll use up the rest making CRISPY PANCETTA RICE CAKES WITH TOMATO BASIL RELISH the very next day. It’s just that simple!
So, now you’ve got an arsenal filled with 15 fabulous weeknight gourmet recipes. That’s great, but how do you work the “menu plan” itself?
I’ve created a printable Weekday Gourmand’s 9 Page Meal Planner to help plan everything. Here’s what it contains, and how it will help you have a stress-free week of gourmet meals. I’ve done all the thinking, planning and calculating for the whole week’s menu, so you won’t have to.
Want to read more about my “Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner” and the whole World Tour Week’s menu?
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Fat and calorie counts will vary with ingredients used and portion sizes.