Thursday, August 23, 2007

My First Risotto

I think I've only ever had risotto once (I grew up in a Tex-Mex house give me a break!) I went about making it awhile ago but I bought orzo instead of risotto rice so my cooking was stopped at the grocery store.
Below is my story with risotto.

I started with this recipe. I added rosemary and sun dried tomatoes as a base flavor, then stirred in spinach later.

Started by sauteing some onion. When it was translucent I added some rosemary, chopped sun dried tomatoes and three cloves of chopped garlic.
I added the rice and dry cooked it for three minutes.
Then went the "wine." My wine was mostly water with a splash of apple juice. Next time I will just use more broth.I slowly added more veggie broth, while stirring continuously.When all the both was incorporated I added the spinach.
I added the fresh herbs of oregano and basil and bit more chopped garlic. Also a pat of Earth Balance and covered the rice and let it sit for 5 more minutes.Served with fresh oregano, black salt and some figs on the side because they are just so beautiful.
The risotto was good, but it was a lot of work to sit there and constantly stir it. Next time I will try the lazy approach where you add the water all at once and just let it cook, stirring when I remember.


jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

you did it!! I actually saw orzo today at Trader Joe's and thought of you...

Emmie said...

I love risotto so much and make it regularly now. Yours looks really really good. I bought some cooking wine to use for risotto since we never drink and it adds extra depth to the risotto.

Goooo risotto!

pavotrouge said...

your risotto looks gorgeous, especially with the figs!

jab said...

The pressure cooker is the best invention ever for making risotto. It cooks in five minutes with no stirring required and comes out perfect.

Risotto is more of a cool weather dish for me, but October-April I eat it about once a week.

butternut squash risotto is my favorite

Judy said...

I have only made one risotto before, and it is Giada's recipe for Red Wine Risotto with Peas. A-mazing stuff.

VeggieGirl said...

your first risotto came out quite nicely!! I have never attempted making my own, but you have inspired me to do so :0)