Thursday, October 18, 2012

Butternut Squash Risotto

Roast 1 small butternut squash (peel and cube, and toss it with 1tbsp olive oil) with 4 green cardamom pods at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  Stir and toss, then roast another 15 minutes or until the butternut squash is soft.  In a large mixing bowl, add the squash (throw away the cardamom pods) and blend with 3/4 cup sunflower milk until it is a smooth puree.  Set aside.

Heat 4 cups veggie broth.  Remove 1 cup and toss in a pinch of saffron. Let this sit while you continue.

Over medium heat, heat 1.5tbsp olive oil. When hot, add 1/2 cup diced shallots.  Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add 1 cup sushi or arborrio rice, coating well and cooking for 3 minutes.  Pour in 1/2 cup white wine (vignoles works really well) and stir as it dissolves. Add in the removed cup of broth with saffron, stirring well.  Cook until the rice absorbs the liquid and add in a cup of broth, cooking until it absorbs and repeating.  Prior to adding the last cup of broth, stir in the squash puree and lower the heat to low. 

The Mini DG stirring and checking if it's time to add more broth

Once the liquid has absorbed, add your last bit of broth, stirring well and cooking over low heat until the liquid has been completely absorbed by the rice.  The rice should be soft and plump; if not, add in 1/4 cup of water or broth and cook until absorbed (checking for doneness).

The butternut squash gives you the richness of butter and cheese, as well as a slightly sweet, nutty flavor.  All in all it was a pretty delicious fall dish!


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