Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Smoky Winter Squash Risotto

I'm so excited to share this recipe with you!

I made this I wanna say a month ago at least! And have made it twice since then! That's how good this was!    I served it along side pork tenderloin the first time, and grilled steak tips the second time! 

The applewood smoked cheddar cheese is definitely the star of the show, and I'll tell you in advance a little goes a long way!!  So try not to get tempted to put a ton in! It's hard because it's soooo yummy! Instead   save it for next time, because you'll wanna make this again!

Smoky Winter Squash Risotto
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
serves 4 to 5
1 cup arborio rice
14 oz chicken stock
3 tablespoon butter
1 small onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 acorn squash, seeds removed, peeled and cut into small chunks
2 cups baby spinach
1/3 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
salt & pepper
olive oil

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a sheet pan with non-stick spray. Spread out acorn squash and drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast for 40 minutes or until fork tender.

In the meantime,  melt the butter over medium heat and cook onion until translucent. Add in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

Place chicken stock in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and keep warm.

Reduce heat to medium low. Add in the rice and cook, stirring until fully coated, about 1 to 2 minutes.  Add in the wine and stir until the liquid is absorbed.

Ladle in 1 cup warm broth and cook; stirring occasionally, until almost completely absorbed, about 4 to 5 minutes. Continue to add broth 1 cup at a time, stirring occasionally and allowing liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more, until the rice is al dente and mixture is creamy, about 30 minutes total. Remove from heat and add in the cheddar and fold in. Then add in the spinach. 

At this point your squash should be nice and roasted! Add in to the risotto and carefully stir!


Cassie//Bake Your Day said...

Risotto is my favorite, especially this time of year. I love it with butternut squash but I know I would love this too!

Sue/the view from great island said...

We have dueling winter squash risottos on our blogs today! This one looks great, I'll have to try it out. I can imagine the distinctive flavor the smoked cheddar must give to it.

Happy When Not Hungry said...

This risotto looks amazing! Love all the flavors.

Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry. said...

hahaha Sue! Yours looks fabulous with the pumpkin seeds and sage!!!

Laura @ A Healthy JalapeƱo said...

Oh this looks so amazing and perfect for one of those wintery cold nights. love love love!

BonnieBanters said...

Sounds really delicious! Love the addition of applewood smoked cheddar cheese! I wonder if butternut squash would work as well in this recipe? Thanks!

Kim Bee said...

My goodness this looks so good. Smoked cheddar such a great addition.

Foodness Gracious said...

A risotto with cheese is a fav of mine. Yours looks really good and this would be a perfect side dish.
Take care...

Vicki Bensinger said...

This sounds delicious with the smoked cheddar and squash. A soothing dish for a cold day. I need to make this.

Collette Osuna said...

Oh myyyy, looks pretty awesome to me....Ill make it once, then live on it, lol.

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Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry. said...

Bonnie - YES! Butternut squash would be awesome in this!

Collete-haha it is surprising good the next day!!!!

Aarthi said...

yummy yummy..Delicious..Thanks for the recipe dear

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RavieNomNoms said...

What an interesting risotto! It looks great!

Jacquelyn said...

Yummy Sabrina. This dish looks amazing and I just love squash dishes!

Cucina49 said...

I adore smoked cheddar--this looks great!

Emily said...

This looks so delicious and hearty. Yummy!

Lindselicious said...

My mouth just watered. Applewood Smoked Cheddar? YUM!

Peggy said...

This sounds like the perfect fall risotto!


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