Thursday, April 7, 2011

Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Risotto






Is it the weekend yet? I start getting a little giddy beginning on Thursday, by Friday (donut day in the office) I am beaming.


I planned a date night for this Saturday, Filet’s at Ruth’s Chris. I am dreaming about it nightly! So goes the life of a food lover.


What other things do I dream of? Well, glad you asked.









Sometimes I dream of being able to play hookie from work so I can watch Zombie movies all day.




Many times I dream of being able to eat three Cheesy Gordita Crunches at once…and I also dream that they are -5 calories a piece…




I dream about someone accidentally painting the whole inside of my house for free, and then accidentally throwing in a whole new set of wood floors too, then they feed my cats, then they mop the tiles, then they deposit 50,000 dollars into my discretionary funds… Come on, it could happen.









Ingredients
Delightfully borrowed from Pioneer Woman
{Printable Recipe}

• 8 cups Chicken Broth, Low-Sodium
• 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
• ½ whole Medium Onion, Diced
• 2 whole Red Bell Peppers, Diced
• 1-¾ cup Arborio Rice
• ¾ cups Dry White Wine, I used a Sauvignon Blanc
• Salt To Taste
• 5 ounces, fluid Goat Cheese (I used TJ's Double Milk Melange Cheese)
• ½ cups Grated Parmesan








Directions


Bring broth to a simmer in a medium pan. In a large skillet or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium to medium-low heat. Add diced onions and cook until translucent, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add red peppers and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.









Add uncooked rice and stir for a minute or two, allowing it to be coated with the other ingredients.








Pour in wine and cook for a minute or two.


Now, start adding broth a cup to a cup and a half at a time, stirring gently and allowing each addition to absorb into the rice. Repeat for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.








Next comes the cheese, glorious goat cheese! Now I know goaty cheese is not everyone favorite so feel free to replace it with your favorite – Monterey jack would be a great substitute.









And to really make it a show stopper, I saved the Pepper stems and added them for decoration. So adorable – and free.




51 comments:

Sara Louise said...

I'm so making this! It's been too sunny and warm for my usual mushroom risotto, but this looks lovely for Spring.
Have fun at Ruth's Chris :-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Two of my favorite ingredients! That risotto must be scrummy.

Cheers,

Rosa

Holly said...

I've been wanting to try this! It sounds fantastic! I'm with you on dreaming about date nights! It's what we do when were Momma's cause it doesnt get to happen all that often! Have fun!

Jessica said...

What a cute post! I love anything with goat cheese so this just looks delicious.

ABowlOfMush said...

Sounds like a yummy risotto, I'll be adding this to my "to make" list!

Love the last photo, really cute.

Daisy said...

looks like the Pioneer Woman (and you!) have done it again!!

Jay said...

wow...absolutely stunning post...
Tasty Appetite

Tessa said...

I love the pepper stems. Cute! I have had the urge to try making risotto recently. I haven't given it a shot yet, but this looks like a great variation!

Rachel said...

I absolutely love risotto and this one looks like a hit! Unfortunately my fiance is allergic to bell peppers :( But I'll definitely make this the next time I'm making dinner for just myself!

Alessandra said...

Ah you got pepper and goat cheese too!!

love the risotto, always among my favorites

ciao
Alessandra

Candace said...

ohmygoodness! This looks amazing! Love love love risotto. You and I have similar dreams...minus the zombies....haha. I hope you have a wonderful date night. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. Have a blessed day, Candace

Rosemary said...

You're derving a night out! Great choice for steaks!! This risotta has to be as tasty as it is colorful. Love it.

Michael Toa said...

It's almost the weekend, almost... The risotto looks utterly delicious. I'll be making risotto tomorrow to celebrate the beginning of weekend. I cannot wait. Maybe have to open a bottle of something as well. :)

Clements Family said...

I heart risotto. That looks so good!

mr. pineapple man said...

mmmm! i love risotto too! yummy~

girlichef said...

You had me at GOAT CHEESE! yum.

Pam said...

I dream about food too... Steaks on Saturday and a date - perfect.

The risotto also looks perfect. I still need to try making risotto.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I'm so glad we have the ability to dream! In my world, there'd me no math and chocolate would be low cal.

Cute picture on the bottom too, with the little stem sticking out!

L

Karen said...

I've still never attempted risotto at home! I need to try, and this recipe look so good. The flavors are some of my favorites. Mmmm...goat cheese.
(I love that you dream of eating calorie-free Taco Bell!)

LDH said...

I am posting this quote on my fridge! The dish looks delicious too!

Just Cake Girl said...

Amazing pictures ;)

Velva said...

The red pepper risotto rocks...beautiful. No doubt it is just as delicious as it looks.

Velva

Katie Mar said...

i've never actually eaten risotto, but this looks like a wonderful recipe and your pictures are amazing!

baking.serendipity said...

My mom and I were talking about risotto the other week and now I'm excited to make some! Your recipe sounds delicious...I will have to share it with her as well :) If you find that free painter by the way, feel free to send him my way!

Monet said...

I'm praying that you and your man have an amazing time on Saturday. You deserve it! Thank you for always sharing your heart and your creative eats. You inspire me. Your sweet words have meant so much to me over this past week. Much love and many blessings, my friend.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Red peppers and goat cheese- that's all I needed to hear! Yum! :)

theUngourmet said...

Hope you a have fun time on you date night! My husband and I went to Ruth's Chris once for a birthday celebration and I ordered a filet. It was amazing! :)

Your risotto looks delicious!

I love the photos of your daughter on your sidebar! Adorable!

Sue said...

The photo with the two whole peppers looks 3-D! Amazing dish! My dream would be to have all my kids/grandkids live nearby:)

Jenn said...

Love the risotto!!
Love your dreams.....and just so you know, I'm working on the gordita crunch less calorie idea!!

Peggy said...

I love love love the creative presentation of this! And you bet your butt I'll be making this soon! =)

Fashion Meets Food said...

I just might have to give this a try... I am sure my hubby won`t eat it, but i`ll try it any way.

xo

Design Wine and Dine said...

You must be in my head as I have been dreaming of these two ingredients for days now...love them! Your risotto looks perfect too...I would LOVE a bowl as we speak...

Foodiva said...

I see the humor in the red peppers and smell the deliciousness in the risotto! I truly want to learn how to do food styling your way. Tutorial?

Cat said...

Looks delish...I hope your date night is everything you dreamed it would be :)

Nicole said...

yummy.. I love red peppers and goat cheese, a great combo

Pacheco Patty said...

Great combination of flavors in your risotto and such a sweet post, have a nice weekend;-)

XingyMingy said...

Your dreams are totally within reason, just set your goats high and maybe someday that decoration guy will come and renovate your house ;)

Funny you should do this recipe actually, I went to a pub quiz last night as we called ourselves 'Goat Race', then I thought, goat, goat cheese, goat cheese risotto....yum.... :D

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

I love that you confessed your love for Taco Bell Gorditas! I'd pretty much give my right arm for about six crispy tacos so I definitely understand the Gordita love. It's good to know our dreams are so simple :)

Lizzy said...

I'm always awestruck by your beautiful photos. This recipe looks like another winner!

teresa said...

we share many of the same dreams :)

love this risotto, it's just beautiful and the stem on top is adorable!

Martha (MM) said...

Only one thing to say - OH YUM!! :-)

Maranda said...

Oh I love goat cheese!! This recipe looks fabulous!

I haven't had a cheesy gordita crunch in so long. Living in the Middle of Nowhere Midwest, you just can't get those. Yum!

Okay...now I'm hungry!

Deborah said...

I love the way you dream!! And, I love the sound of this risotto. Delish!

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

There's no food on this planet like RISOTTO! I love it and will enjoy preparing this recipe! I love the addition of the red peppers! Thanks for sharing, plus I need to tell you that your photos are the bomb wonderful!

Elle Sees said...

speaking of zombies, do you watch The Walking Dead? They film it here in Atl & I've become obsessed!

Angie's Recipes said...

Goat cheese risotto! wow...that sounds and looks just so mouthwatering!

Chris said...

Good lord YES! This looks exceptionally good and I could just dive right into it.

Missy said...

THat dish looks so yummy. I think if I would do it, I would have to change the goat cheese to another type since I'm not a fan of goat cheese but it looks yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!

xoxo
Missy

Tracy said...

This sounds SO good! I love risotto so I know I would love this dish!!

Allison said...

This looks fantastic! I LOVE goat cheese and red bell pepper, and I love that you put the pepper stem in for decoration. How fun.

Rick said...

GOAT CHEESE! In risotto. Sounds so good.