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Risotto 101

Risotto, a classic Italian dish where a short grain rice is cooked slowly in broth, is a wonderful and versatile vegetarian main course or a great side dish.   Once you have the basics of risotto-making, you can use risotto as a venue for all kinds of vegetables and vegetable combinations.  Mushrooms and spring vegetables are common themes for many risottos, but you can certainly branch out and get creative.  I love making a carrot and ginger risotto with coconut milk, or (as below) a beautiful red beet risotto.

 beet risotto

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How can you make a delicious risotto even more delicious?  Make the leftovers into arancini.  Arancini are delicious fried balls of risotto, often stuffed with cheese and served with tomato sauce.  I made them tonight with a delicata squash risotto that I took to the Thanksgiving dinner that my husband I attended.  I stuffed them with crumbled blue cheese and hazelnuts and served them alongside cedar-planked salmon and roasted broccoli. 




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