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Broccoli, Cheddar, and Brown Rice Cakes

Broccoli, Cheddar, and Brown Rice Cakes


Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cakes)

These quick, crispy vegetarian cakes are inspired by cheesy broccoli-and-rice casserole, right down to the layer of melted cheddar cheese on top. Make the cakes ahead and refrigerate or freeze for a last-minute meal. You could also increase the number of servings and serve the cakes as a side with a simple tomato soup. Grainy mustard packs a welcome punch and adds great texture to the cakes. It’s also fantastic in creamy sandwich spreads, rémoulade sauce, and glazes with a sweet base (such as maple syrup or honey) for contrast and balance.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsalted vegetable stock (such as Swanson)
  • 12 ounces fresh broccoli florets, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
  • 1 (8.8-oz.) pkg. precooked brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 ounces preshredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Sliced green onions (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 280
  • Fat 10.6g
  • Satfat 5.2g
  • Monofat 3g
  • Polyfat 1.1g
  • Protein 15g
  • Carbohydrate 33g
  • Fiber 5g
  • Cholesterol 113mg
  • Iron 2mg
  • Sodium 554mg
  • Calcium 268mg
  • Sugars 2g
  • Est. added sugars 0g

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Step 2

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Add onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add stock and broccoli. Bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes.

Step 3

Heat rice according to package directions. Combine broccoli mixture, rice, panko, mustard, pepper, salt, and 1/2 cup cheese in a large bowl. Stir in eggs. Divide and shape broccoli mixture into 8 (2 1/2-inch) patties. Arrange patties on prepared pan; coat patties with cooking spray. Bake at 450°F for 15 minutes. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese, and bake at 450°F for 4 more minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with green onions, if desired.

Watch the video: How to Make Excellent Broccoli Cheese Soup. (June 2021).