RECIPE: Choh-reeth-oh Ree-zoh-toh

That’s sausage and rice to you English-only folks. But for you eclectic, international gourmands, start thinking about what would happen if you did a culinary mashup of Spain, Mexico and Italy. Then get a napkin, fast, ’cause I know your mouth is watering just like mine was when I started cooking up this rich and spicy mélange of arborio rice, chipotle in adobo, and Spanish chorizo.

CHORIZO RISOTTO

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • ¼ c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 c. arborio rice
  • 1 c. dry white wine
  • ½ lb. cured Spanish chorizo, diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 T. chipotle in adobo, chopped very fine
  • 1 c. finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small saucepan, bring the vegetable stock to a boil, then keep warm over low heat.

2. In a large skillet, warm the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until it’s lightly toasted and opaque, about 2 minutes.

3. Add the wine and cook over medium-low heat until absorbed, about 5 minutes. Ladle 1 cup of the stock over the rice and simmer, stirring frequently, until absorbed. Continue to add the stock ½ cup at a time, stirring frequently, until the rice is creamy and tender but still slightly chewy in the center, about 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook the chorizo over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir the chorizo, the chipotle in adobo, and half of the green onions into the risotto until combined. Add the Parmesan and season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Divide the risotto among 4 plates and garnish with additional scallions and Parmesan if desired. Serve immediately.

For those of you who made note that there was a second recipe emerging at the same time as the risotto, I applaud you for paying close attention. (insert smiley-face emoticon here) The roasted veggies you see were the leftovers from a crudité plate from the night before. Everything was tossed onto a large cookie sheet, sprayed with olive oil (thank you, TJs) and seasoned lightly with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Roasted for about 20 minutes at 425º. So easy and so yummy.

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