Risotto with Squash and Leeks

Risotto with Squash and Leeks
Bon Appétit | December 1999

1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (4–5 cups)
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 cups (about) chicken stock or canned low-salt chickenbroth
3 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
2 cups arborio rice or medium-grain rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place squash on large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Roast until tender and beginning to brown, stirring occasionally, about 40 minutes.

Bring stock to simmer in heavy large saucepan. Reduce heat to very low; cover and keep stock warm.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in another heavy large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add leeks and sauté until soft but not brown, about 10 minutes. Add rice; stir 1 minute. Add wine and simmer until absorbed, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup hot stock; simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently. Add remaining stock 1/2 cup at a time, allowing stock to be absorbed before adding more and stirring frequently, until rice is tender and mixture is creamy, about 25 minutes longer. Add roasted squash, cream, Parmesan cheese and sage; stir until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Eggs In A Nest

Eggs In A Nest

This recipe makes dinner for a family of four, but can easily be cut in half or used for breakfast substituting toast for the rice. Don’t be afraid to experiment with it .

2 cups uncooked brown rice
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic minced
2-3 carrots, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried tomatoes
1 bunch chard, coarsley chopped leaves and finely chopped stems
8 eggs

Cook the rice with 4 cups of water in a covered pot while the other ingredients are being prepared.

Add a few tablespoons olive oil to a 10-12-inch cast-iron skillet. Sauté the onions and garlic until lightly golden. Add the carrots and tomatoes. Add just enough water to rehydrate the tomatoes and sauté for a few more minutes. Add chard and combine with other vegetables. Cover for a few minutes while the chard wilts down.

Uncover, stir well, then use the back of a spoon to make depressions in the cooked leaves, circling the pan like numbers on a clock. Break an egg into each depression, being careful to keep yolks whole. Cover pan again and allow eggs to poach for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve over rice.

Creamy Corn And Garlic Risotto

Creamy Corn And Garlic Risotto

3-3/4 cup chicken broth
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
3 cup whole kernel corn, cut from the cobs. This is easiest to do if you cut the ear in half first, instead of trying to cut the kernels down the whole length of the ear.
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup fresh minced parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat 1/3 C. broth in a 10” skillet to boiling. Cook garlic in broth 1 minute stirring occasionally Stir in rice and corn. Cook 1 minute stirring occasionally.

Stir in remaining broth; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium. Continue cooking, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender and creamy. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses and parsley. Season to taste and serve.

Rainbow Chard Risotto

Rainbow Chard Risotto

5 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups arborio rice or medium-grain white rice
4 cups (packed) coarsely chopped rainbow chard leaves (about 1 bunch)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Additional grated Parmesan cheese

Bring broth to simmer in medium saucepan. Cover and keep warm. Heat oil in heavy large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add rice and chard and stir until chard begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Add wine and simmer until absorbed, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Add 4 1/2 cups hot broth. Simmer until rice is just tender and risotto is creamy, stirring frequently and adding remaining 1/2 cup broth by 1/4 cupfuls
if mixture is dry, about 20 minutes. Mix in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer risotto to medium bowl. Serve, passing ad- ditional Parmesan separately.

Vegetable Risotto w/ Walnut Pesto

Here’s a good recipe that a member sent in which uses a lot of different vegetables. You could easily substitute other veggies for the peas and asparagus.

Vegetable Risotto w/ Walnut Pesto

1/2 cup walnuts and/or pine nuts, toasted
1 clove garlic
1 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 tsp salt
8 oz carrots, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
8 oz green beans, cut to 1/2-inch
1-2 summer squash, cut into 1/2-inch dice
8-16 thin asparagus stalks, cut to 1/2-inch
1/2 c. shelled peas
4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
1 tbs olive oil
1 leek, chopped
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 cups spinach, chopped

Toast the walnuts and/or pine nuts in a small skillet over medium heat or in the oven (@375) on a cookie sheet. Allow to cool. In a blender or food processor, blend together the fresh garlic and walnuts/pine nuts. Add the other four ingredients and blend until fairly smooth. Set aside or store in the refrigerator. In a medium pot, bring 3-4 cups water to a boil. Add carrots. Cook for 3 minutes, until soft. Add beans, squash, peas, and/or any other vegetable you are using. Bring to a boil again, cook for about 1 minute, then drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Warm the stock in a saucepan without letting it boil and set that aside. In a large pan or pot, warm the oil. Add the leak and sauté over low heat until golden. Add the rice and mix to coat with oil. Add 1/2 cup of warmed stock at a time, stirring until it is mostly absorbed before adding another 1/2 cup. Continue at a low simmer until all the stock is absorbed and the rice is al dente. Add the salt and spinach, mixing until the spinach has wilted. Add in the other vegetables. Serve right away, topped with a spoonful of pesto.