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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Goode & Gooseberry Project: Yam Risotto

Today's Goode & Gooseberry Project Recipe is Yam Risotto.

I really had high hopes for this recipe... it had shallots in it and I jump at the chance to use shallots. I love their delicate flavor. But, truth be told, this wasn't one of my favorite recipes... as much as I really wanted it to be-- Risotto just sounds so fancy...just sayin'

I think I'd like it a lot better with fresh yams/sweet potatoes vs. canned. I am a fresh sweet tater gal through and through and I couldn't get past the canned taste on this one. So, I think it has potential enough to try again with fresh... just sayin'

Now after that long-winded set-up, if you like canned yams or if you want to give 'er a try with fresh sweet taters, here is the recipe.

Melt 2 T of butter in a pot.

Mince up a shallot and toss'er in

Along with a clove of minced garlic

Saute until soft

Then add 3/4 cup of Arborio rice (uncooked) and cook for 1 minute

Now add 1 cup of canned yams mashed (or I am going to try 1 cup of fresh mashed sweet potatoes next time) and 1/2 cup of chicken broth.

Heat until liquid is absorbed, stirring constantly

Continue to add chicken broth in 1/2 cup intervals as liquid absorbs, stirring constantly until all 3 cups have been added for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and add cinnamon, salt and pepper

Stir, plate and garnish with pumpkin seeds

Like I said, I really want to like this one...

Everyone deserves a second chance, right?

Here is the recipe, give 'er a try and let me know what you think.

*Note: I do know that yams and sweet taters are not the same thing, but 'round these parts we use their names interchangeably.


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