Monday, February 21, 2011

Gutsy Cooks: Dirty Risotto

The Gutsy Cooks are making Mushroom risotto only I altered the recipe and made Dirty Risotto. I hope the group will forgive me for playing this much with the recipe.

I love risotto but rarely make it so every time I do, it feels like the very first time. I made a Cajun meatloaf and a vegetable saute to go with this dish, making a filling and packed full of flavor dinner. We loved every bite. I posted how I made the risotto recipe below. Thank you
Cynthia and Sam for the great choice. I am dying to make the raspberry souffles and will shortly.

5-6 cups chicken stock
2 tbsp butter
6 oz. mild or sweet Italian sausage, removed from casing (about 3 small links)
4 oz. bacon, roughly chopped
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 jalapenos, de-seeded, minced
6 oz. mushrooms, roughly chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups rice, Arborio or Long-grain
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley

In a small pot, heat chicken stock to a simmer and turn down to keep warm.
Melt butter in a large, deep skillet or stock pot.
Brown sausage and bacon in butter over medium-high heat, breaking sausage up into chunks.
Add vegetables, onion through mushrooms, to browned meat and cook until softened.
Taste vegetables and season with salt and pepper.
Stir in rice and allow to brown lightly.

Pour in wine and stir until almost absorbed. Turn heat down to medium.
Using a measuring cup add hot chicken stock to rice mixture a little at a time, stirring, until almost absorbed.
Once rice is tender, turn off heat and stir in cheese and parsley.
Taste again and season with salt as needed.
I also baked a Hot Buttered Rum Cheesecake with a hot buttered rum sauce. I'll post the recipe shortly. Delicious!


Gloria said...

Hi Shandy! Thanks for the sweet comments. It would be great if we were neighbors! My younger sister is trying to move to the Seattle area...isn't that where you are? Maybe if she makes it up there I will stop by your kitchen for a visit. :)

Your risotto looks great. I know what you mean about feeling like you are making it for the first time everytime. I have certainly not mastered risotto....everytime I have to use more liquid then the recipe calls for and even sometimes my rice is still a little underdone.

Wow! That cheesecake looks decadent and delicious. Looking forward to seeing the recipe.

sanjeeta kk said...

The dirty Risotto does look pretty, hope it tasted good too! Love the cheese cake with the syrup.

Monica said...

Girl, welcome back to the rotation! And remember the whole point is to be gutsy in the kitchen, I'm finding myself adapting a lot of our TKB recipe choices, which I think is working... so no issues by changing up the recipes.. that is what a gutsy cook does!

Looking forward to the other two recipes

Eliana said...

The flavors in this risotto look and sound to die for!

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