Saturday, March 24, 2012

Smoked Gouda and Broccoli Risotto

Are you sick of seeing risotto recipes yet? It's just that they're so fun, easy, delicious and economical to make! As long as you have arborio rice, you can make all kinds of fun risotto dishes using whatever is in your fridge.

Case in point -- this cheesy smoked Gouda and broccoli risotto. I had a head of broccoli I bought at least a week before and thought it would taste great with risotto, but wanted to add some extra flavor. That's when I got the idea to add the smoked Gouda that was sitting in my fridge unopened for about a month. This particular kind I buy in bulk at BJ's Wholesale Club, because not only is it cheaper, but it's also rennet-free.

Although I used Better Than Bouillon, I would suggest using a low-sodium vegetable broth if you can find it, because the addition of the cheese made it a bit salty. If not use the Better Than Bouillon and use one less teaspoon than what it calls for.

This dish is vegetarian and gluten-free and reheats amazingly well. I had it most of last week for lunch.


Smoked Gouda and Broccoli Risotto 
by Michelle Maskaly, The Adirondack Chick

1 1/2 pounds broccoli
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 cup aborio rice
1 cup white wine
1 cup shredded smoked Gouda
2 tablespoons olive oil

Remove only the florets from the broccoli, steam them and set aside.

In a medium size pot heat bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Make sure to keep the broth hot during the whole risotto process.

In another large pot heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Stir for about a minute, making sure not to burn the chopped garlic.

Mix in the rice making sure it gets coated and toasted -- about 2 minutes.

Pour in the wine, and stir until it's mostly absorbed.

Add your vegetable broth to the rice one or two ladles at a time, making sure you're continuously stirring the rice and broth mixture. When the rice absorbs the broth add another ladle of it. Continue until the rice is plump and soft.


 Once the rice is finished, remove the pot from the burner and stir in the smoked Gouda. Mix well and then add in the broccoli. Fold in the broccoli gently, so it doesn't completely turn to mush.



 Enjoy!

For those of you who are more hands on and visual, I shot some quick Touts while I was making this just for fun. So, here's the process through short, 15 second videos.
















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14 comments:

  1. YUM -- smoked gouda is a favorite :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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    1. Thanks, Gail. Gouda is a favorite of mine, too. It adds just a dept to "regular" dishes.

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  2. Looks yummy. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  3. I am glad to see you using Gouda. I like it and use it many dishes, people would think of using it in.

    The videos are a great idea.

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    1. Thanks, Chaya!

      I'm really enjoying the video, too. It's been fun.

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  4. This looks so good, I love making risottos with different ingredients, love the idea of using smoked gouda and broccoli, sounds so good! There's something so comforting about a good risotto...!

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    1. I agree! It's a feel good food that isn't all that bad for you if made correctly. Plus, it usually reheats pretty well.

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  5. This looks great! Just wondering where you buy aborio rice. I've never heard of it. Would it be found at conventional grocery stores? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Sonja,

      Aborio rice should be available at any grocery store. It's usually in the same section as the other rices.

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  6. Hi Michelle,
    I would just love this dish, it looks delicious. It is a great recipe and a great presentation! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a fabulous week end and enjoy you new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  8. I have never cooked with smoked gouda before and you've got me intrigued! New reader here, great recipe!

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