SOFT RICE CAKES WITH ONION, GOAT’S CHEESE AND THYME – Gluten-free

Rice Cakes With Onion, Goat's Cheese and Thyme

First I would like to ask you to head over here to give a decisive vote in the tie between three great recipes so that we finally have a winner in this month’s HotM. Thank you for being so cooperative!
That done, I can go on with Gluten-free Friday. There are a lot of dishes that I make that are naturally gluten-free, apart from pasta and pizza, I think Italian cooking is quite a treasure trove if you want to eat delicious gluten-free food, the lack of those heavy sauces that often are flour based, the simple but tasty vegetable dishes that are abounding and meat and fish cooked in purity as they would say here are examples of what you find when you go out and eat.
This is a nice little starter to serve at any time, it is good all year round but maybe it’s best right now when you can find fresh onions that still are pretty slim and sweet.

Rice Cakes With Onion, Goat's Cheese and Thyme

SOFT RICE CAKES WITH ONION, GOAT’S CHEESE AND THYME – Gluten-free
6 pieces

200 ml/0,85 cup rice, preferably a risotto rice like arborio, carnaroli or vialone
4 tblsp grated parmesan
9-10 small, rather thin fresh onions
thyme
6 slices of soft goat’s cheese, you know the type with white rind
salt
extra-virgin olive oil

– Cook the rice in lightly salted water until soft but not too soft.
– Drain any eventual cooking liquid, add parmesan and stir it well.
– Clean the onions and cut them in halves, cook them slowly in olive oil and thyme until they are soft and a bit golden.
– Take a cookie circle or cookie cutter, mine has a diameter of 7,5 cm/7 in, put it on a baking sheet with parchment paper on and fill it with rice, pat it down, packing it a little. Take away the metal circle and you will have a rice cake. Repeat until you have all 6 done.
– Brush the cakes lightly with olive oil and bake the cakes in a pre-heated oven (225°C/440°F) for 8-10 minutes, this is to give the cake a crispier surface.
– Put three onion halves on each rice cake and then top with a slice of goat’s cheese and, if you want, a small sprig of thyme.
– Bake in oven, still the same temperature as before, for 5-7 minutes but keep an eye on them just to be sure.

Rice Cakes With Onion, Goat's Cheese and Thyme

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