Monday, April 2, 2012

Red Wine and Goat Cheese Risotto

This is the recipe we tried at the Smith's on Friday night. I picked it out because well, it looked delicious AND because it was meatless and we were not eating meat that day for Lent. I must admit it was a huge success, and as Julie said "a do over"! 
serves 4
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 1/4 cups arborio rice
1 cup of your favorite red wine (We used Pinot Noir)
3-4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
6 ounces goat cheese
3 cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
fresh basil for topping
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoons of butter and olive oil over low heat, then add mushrooms. Let cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until mushrooms are juicy and caramelized.
Forrest carmelizing.
We used baby bellas as well as regular mushrooms. 

While mushrooms are cooking, in a large saucepan heat 1 tablespoon each of butter and olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add rice, tossing to coat in the butter and oil, then toast while stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes.
I could have stopped and eaten it at this step. It tasted SO good!

 Add in wine, stirring every few minutes until absorbed. Once absorbed, add in 1 cup stock, stirring until absorbed like you did with the wine. 
Doesn't this look so pretty??

Repeat 2-3 more times, until all stock has been added and absorbed. This should take about 15 minutes – I do not stir constantly, but actually just keep an eye on it and stir every few minutes. Taste rice and determine if the they are cooked to your liking (if not, add in 1 more cup of stock and stir).
I LOVED how the wine made it turn purple. There really aren't enough purple foods in the world!

 Reduce the heat to low and add in salt, pepper, 5 ounces of goat cheese and mushrooms, then stir. 
Yes, it tastes as good as it looks!

Serve with remaining goat cheese crumbled on top and a sprinkling of fresh basil.
The plate before (we all got 2nds)

And after!!!

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