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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2008


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • 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).

  • 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 degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Serve cold or reheat.

Tip: Spread pecans on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.

Test Kitchen Note: ?Perfectly cooked rice is not simple. In fact, it's something that we struggle with occasionally in the Test Kitchen. To have the most success cooking whole-grain rice, we recommend using a pan with a tight-fitting lid, cooking on your coolest (or simmer) burner and making sure the rice is simmering at the “lowest bubble.” While testing the recipes that use less than 1 cup of dry rice, we found that the cooking time varied greatly depending on what stove we used. Although whole-grain rice usually requires 50 minutes of cooking, we found smaller volumes of rice were sometimes done in as little as 30 minutes (and burned at 50 minutes). So, when cooking a small batch of rice, start checking it after 30 minutes to make sure it doesn't burn.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

244 calories; protein 6.6g; carbohydrates 25.5g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 2g; fat 13.4g; saturated fat 3.2g; cholesterol 6.5mg; vitamin a iu 3790.4IU; vitamin c 2.9mg; folate 17.8mcg; calcium 52.9mg; iron 1.3mg; magnesium 56.4mg; potassium 247.8mg; sodium 287.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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  • 5 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
This was great. I was lucky enough to find this recipe when I had leftover brown rice and most of a log of goat cheese in the fridge. I served it with a green salad with a simple vinaigrette and it was so yummy. I might even like it BETTER than the breaded and fried goat cheese salads I was obsessed with for a while after having one in a restaurant many moons ago. I just threw in the whole egg and used fresh lemon thyme that I'm growing otherwise I made it as written. This with the salad and a piece of fruit made for a really filling lunch! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Too much Thyme. These cakes had a yummy flavor. The thyme was overpowering though. I used whole dried thyme leaves rather than ground thyme which may have made it so overpowering. The underlying flavor of the brown rice and goat cheese was wonderfully creamy - the nuts added a nice crunch. I would definately make them again. Pros: The goat cheese gives it a yummy creamy flavor Cons: The thyme overwhelmed the dish Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely Delicious Just finished this. It was absolutely delicious. I would recommend that you put anywhere from 3 - 6 shallots in. My shallots were pretty big so I only used 3 and that was fine. Also I served on a bed of spinach dressed with a citrus dressing and ringed with cantelope mandarins and radishes. I'm always looking for really good vegetarian recipes and this is a great one. Was going to take a photo but we ate it before I could grab the camera. Read More