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Lemon-Broccoli Risotto Rounds


Lemon-Broccoli Risotto Rounds

What a tasty way to eat your broccoli! Savor lots of cheese, garlic, and flaky crescents. This recipe comes from one of the 100 finalists in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Try more recipes like these by visiting www.BakeOff.com.

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  • 1 12-ounce bag frozen cheesy rice and broccoli, such as Green Giant™ Steamers™
  • ⅓ Cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rounds (8 rounds), such as Pillsbury™
  • 1 Tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • ⅛ Teaspoon finely chopped garlic


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Microwave the rice and broccoli as directed on bag. Place in a medium bowl; set aside.

In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the cheese and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Separate the dough into 8 rounds. Place rounds 3 inches apart on a large, ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle the cheese mixture evenly over rounds. Press the center of each round to form an indent 2 inches wide and ½ inch deep.

Add the remaining cheese, the cream, and 1 teaspoon of the lemon peel to the rice mixture; stir gently. Spoon slightly less than ¼ cup of the mixture into the indent of each round. Bake until golden brown, 10 to 16 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the remaining 1 teaspoon lemon peel, basil, and garlic. Remove the rounds from the oven; sprinkle with the basil mixture. Serve warm.