Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Breakfast Risotto Recipe, 4.25 Miles, Jambalaya?

Thanks you guys! I hope you try it and like it. I, like you, prefer a red sauce over a white. But I do love a white sauce and LOVE the idea of combining them... wow - the possibilities! So... I had never made a risotto. Like lasagna, manicotti and quiche before it, it just seemed too hard and out of my league. But, like most things, I eventually just said 'why not?' and gave it a whirl. I'm always looking for new breakfast recipes so Breakfast Risotto had my name all over it! I found the recipe in a Bon Appetit magazine that I won in a giveaway from Biz! I tweaked it quite a bit using turkey sausage, lighter parmesan, light butter and taking the servings from 4 to 6, but I think it's much more us and still SUPER filling. Here goes...

Breakfast Risotto
Inspired by Bon Appetit
Makes 6 Servings

4 tbsp light butter, divided
5 spicy light Italian turkey sausages, casings removed
1 cup onion, diced
3 small bay leaves
1 ½ cups arborio rice
¾ cup dry white wine
4 cups Swanson fat-free chicken broth
12 tsp Kraft parmesan cheese
½ cup fresh Italian parsley

Melt 2 tbsp butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add sausages; break up with spatula and cook for about 5-6 minutes until barely pink. Add onions and bay leaves. Saute until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in rice. Add wine; boil until liquid evaporates, 1 minute. Add broth and remaining butter; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally until risotto is tender, about 24 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and discard bay leaves. Divide into six servings and top with cheese and parsley.

Nutritional Information: 389 calories, 42 carbs, 14 fat grams and 20 protein grams.

Review: LOVED - so savory and filling. All of the flavors went together very well, and it was filling too. If anything, it was a bit spicy with the sausage I used, but I liked it and didn't feel like it took anything away from the recipe. This was my first risotto and I must say - AMAZING. I can't wait to make more. If you want to take the fat down some, I'd suggest eliminating one of the butter tablespoons and half of the parmesan - I don't think it would be missed!

I thought it even looked pretty good at work (on a paper plate with an iPhone at work) - and it reheated WONDERFULY! (I had fun using the back of a spoon to make it look like a mound - hehe)

K, enough risotto talk! How was your Wednesday? Mine was pretty good - just work, 4.25 mile walk during lunch, more work and then home to the family! I made jambalaya (recipe coming soon!), we had a few drinks, and we booked an exciting trip. More on that later!!

Q: Do you like risotto? If so, what kind if your favorite? and please - if you have a link send it my way!

Q: D you like jambalaya? Have you ever made it? I based mine on a hungry girl recipe - had to bulk it up a bit but really liked it!


Erica said...

Hey hey! Beautiful breakfast- such a fun change up from the usual bfast options. I was totally intimidated to make risotto the first time too. Then once you do it- you wonder what the big fuss was all about? As long as you can stir stir stir, you can make risotto!This is my favorite (but I make it with vegetable broth):

Marisa @ Loser for Life said...

YUM! I love the idea of savory risotto for breakfast! Reminds me of growing up - my mom used to always make Cream Of Wheat, but with butter and parmesan cheese! Sooo good!

I made jambalaya a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for the reminder... I think I have a serving stashed in the freezer!

Frugalista said...

Looks like a great filling breakfast. I'd even make it for dinner! I am just dying for new recipies to get me motivated in the kitchen and I plan to give this one a try. [New Follower : )]

Kacy said...

That looks so wonderful! WOW!

Mica said...

I like risotto a lot, but I never make it. It's one of those things that will be on a menu in a restaurant and I'll think, "Hmm, I could go for some risotto that I didn't cook myself..."

No recipes to share...sorry. wompwomp.

Samma said...

I love jambalaya! A friend from New Orleans made me a big thing of it the other day- nothing like the real thing!

Christina said...

omg i love risotto so much!! here's one i made that was so good:

Biz said...

My MIL taught me how to make risotto - its time consuming, but totally worth the effort. And since I don't like onions, the first time she made it for me she used small diced apples, which I love.

Check out my spring time risotto recipe here:

Tyler said...

I've never risotto'd before! I'll have to try that soon!

Gabriela said...

I love real risotto, made with lots of saffron and olive oil. The Italians don't even use cheese! So delicious!

lee said...

I'm also scared of risotto.

Jaosn really likes jambalaya but I'm not a big fan. I don't really like smokey tasting things.

Joanne said...

I looovee risotto and am always looking for new recipes. I've never thought to have it for breakfast though! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jenny said...

My friend made a risotto this weekend. It was addictingly good...but def not that healthy. I think I'd like to make a risotto made with quinoa some time...

Melina said...

i love your blog and your story behind!

Melina said...

i love your blog and your story behind!

Gabriela said...

I love real risotto, made with lots of saffron and olive oil. The Italians don't even use cheese! So delicious!