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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Risotto with Roasted chestnuts, Melon and Gorgonzola cheese

Risotto is one of those dishes that with a little creativity can have  endless  flavor combinations and textures.  Not unlike pizza, the rice is just the vessel to carry ingredients of your choice or preference to create something wonderful.  There are the classics like mushroom and butternut squash which we have all had many times.  This recipe goes a little astray from the norm and has an intense and bold flavor but still has that creamy texture we all love in a risotto.
Risotto with Roasted chestnuts, Melon and Gorgonzola cheese


1 cup Carnaroli rice
4 cups chicken broth ( simmering on stove top)
1 cup white wine added to broth
flesh of 1/2 a cantaloupe or canary melon -diced
10 soft roasted chestnuts ( I use Aurora brand)
1/4 lb. gorgonzola cheese
1 onion diced
3 cloves garlic gently crushed
olive oil
salt and pepper

In a frying pan on stove top (hi heat) add 2Tbsp olive oil, garlic, onion, sliced chestnuts, melon and saute for 5 minutes then set aside.
In a large pot on stove top set to med-hi heat add 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and the rice . Stir for approx 5 minutes until rice is coated and warm to the touch.
Now add 2 cups hot broth to rice, stir gently and cover reducing heat to medium. Allow to cook for 15 minutes(reduce heat if sticking to pot)
Now add remaining broth along with chestnuts, melon and gorgonzola and cook an additional 10 minutes or until rice is creamy but al dente.
If rice is absorbing too much liquid you can add a little more during cooking process.

No need to stand over a hot stove and constantly stir Risotto, just keep lid on and check once or twice making sure there is enough liquid. This technique  will result in a firm, yet very creamy risotto.

Prep time  10 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes


Anonymous said...

Hey Danny,

Thanks for the email. I must say, interesting flavour combinations! Looking forward to future posts.



DARaiente said...

Danny, that looks so perfect! I am Risotto and rice failure. What a beautiful comfort dish!

Rich's Good Food said...

Wow! Thats some cool flavour combo Danny!! Ill have to give this one a try soon. Risotto is on my list to learn...

Lil' Tiger said...

Hi Danny! I love the risotto recipes...very good timing as the family where I work for is asking for this dish. Thanks for sharing! Looking forward for your new recipes and ideas.


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