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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Risotto From Leftovers


Once you try making risotto and you see it really isn't as intimidating as you thought,
you can make the basic recipe and throw in whatever you want for a one-dish meal!
I had one thick boneless grilled porkchop and a cup of frozen peas...add
lots of garlic, thyme and parmesan cheese and dinner was ready in 45 minutes.
A pinch longer than my usual goal of 30 minutes, but so worth it!



54 comments:

  1. Yeah, risotto is good. And oh, wow grilled porkchop, brought back memories, when I used to work down south I'd go to this fast food chain hardees and they'd have pork chop biscuits on the the menu for breakfast, they had grilled after a while, but they went back to the deep fried as it sold better- and it was delicious too. This meal looks like it was good. Thanks

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    1. We love grilled porkchops and I make them a lot! We used to have Hardees here in Ohio...years ago! That porkchop biscuit sound very southern, doesn't it? ha.

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  2. Oh your risotto looks gorgeous! Yum!

    I can never get that proper runny just al dente type rice risotto thing going! LOL!! I have tried but I guess I panic and drown it all in white wine. Well that's my excuse anyway! LOL! Take care
    x

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    1. oh, keep trying...it's so worth it! 1 cup of broth at a time and stir until it's absorbed. My recipe calls for white wine, too!

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  3. Hi Betsy .. I love, love, love risotto - so delicious .. and I bought some ingredients the other day to make some up - which I will be doing with fresh veggies ... just lovely .. cheers Hilary

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  4. yum, I love risotto. Yours looks delicious. my fav is risotto with champagne. It makes the whole house smell WONDERFUL.

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    1. mmm...sounds yummy...I'd have to be sipping the champagne as I stirred! ha.

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  5. I love the idea of risotto using leftovers! There are always a few in the fridge just waiting for a recipe.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. we always have a bit of leftovers...I like to see what I can make from them! But sometimes we just eat them as is...my Alex especially likes to finish off anything in there! ha.

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  6. Mmmm, I love risotto. Totally a comfort food, for sure!

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    1. comfort food...yes, that is the perfect description!

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  7. yum...i like risotto...and we kinda learned it on cooking shows honestly...yours looks good...mmm....

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    1. those shows are so fun to watch...I've learned a lot from them!

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  8. I. love risotto Betsy and this look amazing!

    (from my bed I have a bad night) sigh! xxx

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    1. Oh no! At least you get internet on your phone! ha.

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    2. You know Betsy is the best have in phone I knew when I was to thje beach was my only internet.
      Love your risotto.
      Last night happens I wake up and I saw a light in Ditto bedroom he was sleeping OVER the bed and I have to wake up him, (yes he has 17 but you know) and wait he go to bed and come back to mine and ,...I cannnot sleep before but Im OK I have to take some coffe.....
      (our kids are babies didnt?))

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    3. and really love your risotto!

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  9. My wife showed me how to make risotto for when she was gone, and you are right, it is not as intimidating as I thought. My son really loves it.

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    1. Wow...good for you! The Mister loves it but I don't think he'd try to make it! It's not hard...you just can't rush it. I love how you can add things to it for endless variety. Does Kai have a favorite or does he like it plain?

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    2. Actually, I need to make it for lunch today as my wife and Kai are at therapy now and will be back in an hour. Kai likes it with bacon and mushrooms. We also add in shredded leftover chicken sometimes as it gives him more meat than he would eat on his own otherwise. Okay, gotta start cooking! :)

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    3. bacon and mushrooms sounds like a really nice combination! I'm going to have to try that one!

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  10. Hmmm the peas are just plain nasty to me
    Hate those things at my sea
    The garlic I can eat
    But raw is not a treat
    Tried that and burnt my tongue
    Oh sooooo nasty I almost popped a lung
    Plain might do for me for a start
    But who knows with such things at my cart

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    1. Did you know risotto is made from rice?
      And I know that you think that is nice!
      You'd like the pork I know.
      Change the peas to broccoli and you'd give it a go!
      Garlic plain is way too much
      you have to bake in on bread and such.
      :)

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    2. Never knew that at all
      Not much with cooking is known at my hall
      As the same thing over and over
      Let's me cook about as good as rover
      I've eaten pork and liked it as well
      So sure it would be swell
      Also snacking on grapes at my zoo
      Just like you..haha

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    3. just like me
      oh, that is scary! ha.
      With the oh dear/strat swap
      and our snacks that are tops
      those brain tours are showing their stuff
      you might be my other twin and shout "enough!"
      lol...
      If I speak in rhyme at this business dinner tonight
      I could cause some fright!
      But I'll just blame you
      I know you'd love that, too.
      hahaha.

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    4. LOL yes that would be grand
      They may give you a hand
      Or think you are crazy
      And their eyes could go hazy
      But a bloody wanker could come due
      And then they may throw you on on cue..hahahah
      And a twin you say
      Bah you already have one of them at your bay

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    5. hahah...you're just scare of not only being too sweet, but eating them as well! lol...

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  11. Whenever we would go to a restaurant, I would always order the risotto. Every time I would see someone making it on tv or read a recipe, I thought it was way too much work. But then, at an Italian restaurant, I bought a packet of risotto that included all the spices. All I had to do was add the liquid and parmesan at the end. I found out it really isn't so difficult as they made it seem and now I make it all the time. My favorite is with mushrooms and asparagus. I just keep adding vege broth as it cooks out, give it a stir ever so often and throw in the parmesan at the end. Yum, yum, yum! Adult comfort food for sure. Have a great weekend. Tammy

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    1. Do you have Brio restaurants? That's the first place I had risotto. I loved it so much I looked online to find out how to make it and ran into a youtube video of the chef there making it! Once I found out it was doable for normal cooks like me, I tried it. If you can do the liquid, you can do the spices, though...the liquid is the tricky part! :)

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  12. Your risotto looks delicious! I've never tried making it...too daunting. But maybe I should give it a try?

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    1. You just need some aborio rice. I know you could do it. Just cook it slow over medium heat...not rushing it is the key. yum. :)

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  13. I need to pick up some risotto while shopping today. This dish looks absolutely fabulous!

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  14. Carl and I love risotto .. minus the peas - for Carl! We also do a lot of fried rice dishes. I make huge quantities of jasmine rice, add all manner of whatever happens to be around. Shrimp is our favorite! Happy Cinco De Mayo, weekend, Derby Day!

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    1. love jasmine rice, helen...that's what I usually buy!

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  15. This is a test. This is only a test.

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  16. Last winter we had a person (who shall remain nameless) drop off a THIRTY POUND Blue Hubbard squash. Oh well! I just cleaver-ed it up, put it in the pressure cooker, froze it in ziplock bags and used it as a base for risotto all winter long. (not a huge fan of Blue Hubbard just as a side..a bit bitter). It was AWESOME! I'm kind of hoping they do it again... :)

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    1. What a brilliant idea! Fingers crossed that you get another one! :)

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  17. Okay, Jillybean/Jillia here, commenting under anonymous because whatever I tried to do last time deleted my comment. Anyway, just had to tell you what Lauren said the other night after we ran into The Mister at the University. I asked her why she didn't run up to hug him like she usually does and she said, "that's because he looked so jazzy!" Apparantly she didn't recognize him in his dress-up/work clothes. Ha! Haven't tried making risotto yet, but one of these days we will. Looks super yummy!

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    1. haha...I'm sorry you have to be anonymous! What's up with that? Cute story about Lauren....he does look a little more cleaned up, doesn't he? ha. You have to make risotto....yum. :)

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  18. Gosh this looks creamy and incredibly tasty. Perfect risotto.

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    1. It was sooo yummy! I'm glad I was brave enough to try it!

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    1. You're related to R, aren't you? Or are you R? lol.

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  20. Ohh, did you know that risotto is one of my favorite things in the world!! So yum :) You must be a great cook!!

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    1. Do you make it? I love it, too!

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  21. Hi Betsy,

    That looks so good and maybe when I feel better I will try to learn how to make it. So many things I would like to make and so little energy to do it. I finally think I am starting to get better. I think I have learned my lesson about not getting my flu shot. Just cannot seem to get over this bout of bronchitis. I think NyQuil has been my best friend during this time. Anyway, I am hoping to have more energy to visit everyone more often.

    God bless.

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    1. Seems like you've been sick since I've known you! Hope you really are on the path to recovery!

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  22. This looks so good. I'll have to try it the next time I'm in the mood for comfort food. Yum! Have a great Sunday, Connie :)

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    1. hope you try it soon, Connie! Yum!

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  23. You are so right! I saw it being made on TV recently with pearl barley instead of arrborio - not convinced yet!

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  24. You are so right! I saw it being made on TV recently with pearl barley instead of arrborio - not convinced yet!

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  25. Ha, I have a 30 minute rule too! And I like risotto. My favourite is with broad beans and lots of parmesan.

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  26. You make it all look so easy. I know life isn't always that way, but you carry it off nicely.

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