Monday, November 7, 2011

Roasted Apple Butternut Squash Risotto

So my husband went to work on his car with a friend.

I told him I would miss him dearly and cook a vegetarian dish in honor of his absence.

Because he gets confused when dishes don't have meat.

And I LOVE risotto.

And he does not.

So when he is gone, I get my risotto on.

This one involved some produce browsing, brainstorming and finger crossing.

And if you know risotto, you know it's not a short process.

So if it was a bust, I would be left hungry. And tired from all that stirring.

PTL {PraisetheLord} it wasn't. A bust. It was A Mazing.

Have we talked about my obsession this fall with roasted vegetables? We're practically going steady.

And they are the perfect accouterment to this risotto. Did I use accouterment appropriately? Good.

So the next time your husband sneaks off to do manly things, make this creamy dreamy risotto.

And stir to your hearts content, with confidence.

Roasted Apple Butternut Squash Risotto
1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2'' cubes
1 apple, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
1/2 Red onion, cut in wedges
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
3 cloves garlic
3 TBSP butter
1 cup Arborio Rice
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Roast Butternut Squash, onion, apple, and garlic cloves in EVOO, nutmeg, salt and pepper at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. (Turning once).

Pour 2 cups chicken broth and 1 cup wine in a small pot and put on the stove at medium heat, keeping warm while rice is prepared.

Once vegetables are done roasting, add to a big pot. Add butter and rice. Cook until butter has melted, about 1-2 minutes, toasting the rice slightly. Pour in 1/2 cup of wine and cook for 2-3 minutes until reduced and liquid is almost gone.

Add broth/wine mixture to rice one ladleful at a time until liquid is almost gone, stirring fairly continuously on Medium heat. This process will take about 15 minutes until all of the broth/wine has been used up.

At this point, the rice should have a moist, creamy consistency.

Stir in parmesan cheese and serve!

"Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18