If you're wondering what to do with the rest of last night's risotto, then you're in luck. I found a simple recipe for a deep fried treat called arancini, aka fried risotto balls. They can be easily whipped up using the leftovers and a few extra ingredients. The risotto is wrapped around hunks of cheese or sausage, and then breaded and deep fried. I never said they were good for you, but man are they delicious! To get the recipe, read more
After a turkey filled week, I thought it would be nice to find a hearty vegetarian entree for tonight's Sunday Dinner installment. A creamy risotto makes for a filling main course, and — bonus! — will pair nicely with warmed slices of leftover turkey. Serve it up with a nice mixed salad and a dry white wine and you've got yourself a meal! To get the recipe, read more
Here's the scenario: You are at home and hungry for food. You have to cook up something scrumptious for you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/child/friend, but the ingredients you have on hand are limited.
You have canned pumpkin puree, garlic, and fresh parsley. Using these products, along with whatever you currently have on hand in your cupboard and refrigerator, what would you make?
To see what I would whip up, read more
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In the summer, I use natural basil almost everyday. It's deliciously fragrant and adds an incredible freshness to almost every dish. In tonight's quick and simple dinner, the basil plays a key role in flavoring and coloring a creamy risotto. Be sure to grill a few extra chicken breasts the next time you cook, because you can use it in this recipe instead of purchasing a rotisserie chicken. Sliced tomatoes topped with oil and vinegar make a healthy side, as does a chunk of crusty Italian bread. For the recipe please read more
Technically risotto is a slow cooked, creamy Italian rice dish that involves roughly 20 minutes of constant stirring. However if you are in a rush and need a quick fix dinner, a scrumptious risotto-made with instant white rice is the ideal recipe. With boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a hefty amount of baby spinach, and a sprinkling of cherry tomatoes this recipe is a complete no brainer. No time consuming stirring yet all of the tasty goodness of a classic Italian dish. This would even work wonderfully for an impromptu dinner party-your guests will think you spent hours slaving over the stove when really the meal was made in mere minutes. If you are a beginner, new to cooking, I encourage you to give this recipe a whirl before you make the more lengthy original version. For the recipe, read more
A type of Italian grown rice with a high starch level that is short, plump, and fat. Traditionally used to prepare risotto because the high amount of starch creates a super creamy texture. Arborio has an exceptional ability to absorb flavors and a delicious chewy center.