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Spring Risotto Recipes

Spring Risotto Recipes!

Spring Risotto Recipes

A risotto might conjure images of hearty winter dinners, but the beauty of a basic risotto recipe is that you can take it from winter to spring, simply by adding some seasonal vegetables and removing some of the cheese and butter that is so comforting during the colder weather season, but too heavy during the lighter months.

We give you some ideas by extraordinary bloggers, who show you how you can take some humble grains of rice and easily transform them into an amazing, fresh spring and summer gourmet meal. Plus, a great and simple risotto recipe to add to your summer risotto recipe repertoire!

 

Minty Fresh Risotto Recipe

Spring Risotto Recipes

Spring Pea and Mint Risotto by Gratinee Blog

This creamy but fresh risotto recipe starts with the classic Arborio rice and gets a boost of veggies with crunchy sugar peas and a bright flavor from fresh mint. The perfect centerpiece for any spring – or summer – lunch! The original recipe comes from the extraordinary Donna Hay, but it’s really Darina’s wonderful photography over at Gratinee Blog that made this gorgeous risotto make our top five.

 

The Lighter Side of Risotto 

Spring Risotto Recipes

Lighter Spring Risotto by Iowa Girl Eats

We always love finding lighter versions of a classic recipe, as long as it doesn’t skimp on flavor, of course. This fabulous Lighter Spring Risotto recipe by Iowa Girl Eats includes loads of health and flavorful vegetables like asparagus and spring peas, plus meaty mushrooms and of course, Arborio rice. What it doesn’t include: butter and cheese, so you can eat your risotto and still be ready for summer swimming.

 

Put Some Spring In Your Lemon Risotto

Spring Risotto Recipes

Lemon Risotto by LoveandLemons

“Tender yet crunchy green vegetables with bright creamy lemony rice”…we can’t describe it any better ourselves! Jeanine from Love and Lemons uses her favorite ingredient to add some bright citrus flavor to her delicious Lemon Risotto with Asparagus and Peas, loading the dish with spring veggies like peas and asparagus, and finishing it with a secret genius technique – which you can read all about here.

 

Lemon & Dill Risotto

Lemon & Dill Risotto

Ingredients

  • ½ stick of butter, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup Arborio rice
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups fish stock (heated)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon rind (finely grated)
  • ¼ cup chopped dill
  • 1 ½ cup parmesan, finely grated

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, place the butter and the oil.
  2. Add the chopped onion and cook for about 2–5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Next, incorporate the rice and the garlic, and stir continuously for about 1 minute until rice is well coated.
  4. Add the white wine and cook until evaporated, or about 1 minute.
  5. Start adding the stock, one cup at a time, STIRRING continuously, for about 25–30 minutes or until all the liquid absorbed and the rice is al dente. If the liquid evaporates and the rice is not done yet, add more stock until fully cooked and creamy.
  6. Finally, add and stir in the lemon rind, dill and cheese.

Notes

Photo by: LoveandLemons

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Wintertime Weeknights: Favorite Fresh Truffle Recipes

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Looking for an update to your Friday night menu? Fresh truffle season is in full swing, with aromatic white truffles from Italy and black truffles from France flown in every week (and flying off our shelves!). These amazing mushrooms are easy to incorporate to any dish – slice and add! Don’t believe us? We found three great truffle recipes to make this winter more delicious. Invite friends over, grab a great bottle of wine, and get ready to enjoy those long winter nights with good company and delicious food.

OUR FAVORITE FRESH TRUFFLE APPETIZER: RISOTTO

Truffle Risotto, Tapas-Style! Photo by: delicioustapas.blogspot.com

Truffle Risotto, Tapas-Style! Photo by: delicioustapas.blogspot.com

Comfort food at its best, risotto gets some serious upgrade to first class when you add truffle shavings.  We loved that in this fresh truffle recipe by Fred of Delicious Tapas (www.delicioustapas.blogspot.com) reinvented the usual hearty (and heavy) risotto dish as a tapas, meaning a small, appetizer-sized portion. It gives you the opportunity to get a taste of the dish, without the moaning and groaning (and guilt!) that  comes after eating a very heavy meal.  The truffles are sliced paper thin and then added at the end of the preparation, where the heat and steam of the risotto brings out the aroma and flavor. Although Fred uses black truffles, you can easily substitute for fresh white truffles for a more intense garlicky aroma. Serve this as a fresh truffle appetizer at your next dinner party or alongside some other small dishes as a tapas meal.

Get the recipe! > Truffle Risotto

FAVORITE FRESH TRUFFLE ENTREE: LAMB RAGU PAPPARDELLE 

Lamb Ragu Papperdelle With Shaved Truffles. Photo by: www.nomsandrambles.net

Lamb Ragu Papperdelle With Shaved Truffles. Photo by: www.nomsandrambles.net

When the weather turns chilly and we want a rich, filling dish that will carry put some warmth in our bones, we turn  to this fantastic Lamb Ragu Papperdelle with fresh truffle shavings by Noms & Rambles (http://www.NomsandRambles.net).  This is the perfect winter truffle recipe, combining tender, fall-of-the-bones roasted lamb with colorful (and healthy) vegetables, a flavorful Napoli tomato sauce and lots of aromatic herbs and spices.  The fresh truffle shavings give this otherwise rustic “country” dish an indulgent and luxurious final touch. Perfect for a large gathering, make enough for leftovers; this dish demands seconds!

Get the recipe! Lamb Ragu Pappardelle With Fresh Black Truffles

FAVORITE FRESH TRUFFLE SNACK: TRUFFLED PIZZA

Prosciutto, Mozarella & Truffle Thin Crust Pizza. Photo by: www.gourmetfoodworld.com

Prosciutto, Mozarella & Truffle Thin Crust Pizza. Photo by: www.gourmetfoodworld.com

The plainest and most commonplace dish goes from dull to deluxe when you use the right ingredients and some imagination.  Start with a simple thin crust pizza dough, then layer up delicious fresh mozzarella (from real buffalo milk), a bit of truffled cheese, sweet Prosciutto di Parma ham, a bit of truffle oil, and finish up with thin slice of fresh truffle (white or black, your choice). Unlike chewy doughy crusts, a thin crust allows you to actually taste the great ingredients you’re using. This sophisticated fresh truffle recipe for pizza is ready in minutes (make the dough ahead and freeze) and will become your go-to dish for a glamorous pizza party.

Get the recipe! Prosciutto & Mozzarella With Truffles Thin Crust Pizza