Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Riveting Mandate Debate Risotto

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding whether or not the health care mandate is constitutional.  Who's winning the debate, liberals or conservatives?

Riveting Mandate Debate Risotto
Makes 6 servings

Your taste buds will be defenseless!

2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
½ cup finely chopped onion
4 Tbsp. butter, divided
2 cups arborio rice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart chicken stock + 1 cup water
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 oz. goat cheese
1/2 cup grated or shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Heat oven to 400°F.  Toss tomatoes gently with 1 Tbsp. olive oil on baking sheet.  Spread into single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Roast 15 to 20 minutes or until soft; set aside.  

Meanwhile, heat stock and water in small sauce pot.  In medium to large sauce pot, sauté onion in remaining olive oil and 2 Tbsp. butter 2 minutes.  Add rice, cooking and stirring until grains glisten, about 1 minute.  Add garlic and stir for 1 minute.  

Stir in 1 c. hot stock and cook at medium simmer until stock is absorbed, stirring constantly.  Repeat, adding ½ cup of stock at a time until rice is tender but firm and consistency is creamy. Stir in wine with last addition of broth.

Stir in remaining butter, goat cheese and Parmesan Cheese.  Add tomatoes and basil; stir just until heated through.  Serve with additional Parmesan cheese.

Add 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper for a little flavor kick.

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