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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Flavors ~Lemons~ 'Lemon and Sweet Pea Risotto'

Y'all have all heard the saying " When life gives you Lemons ~ make sweet tea ".
Or something like that...
The weather has been beautiful, so I have been digging in the dirt a little. I have uncovered my mint and planted 5 kinds of basil.
Just what I need for a savory pan of Sweet Pea risotto. . .Why not add some Lemon to it for our flavor of the week ! I have capitalized the recommended flavors.

Lemon and Sweet Pea Risotto
4 cups chicken broth
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cups Arborio rice
2 cups frozen petite peas
1 cup Parmigiano CHEESE, grated
3Tbs fresh MINT
3 TbS fresh BASIL
1 tsp lemon zest
juice of one lemon

Whir herbs and broth in a blender to mince herbs. Add lemon zest and juice. Bring the broth to a simmer in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cover and keep the broth warm over the low heat.Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until lightly browned. Stir in the Aborino rice and cook until the edges begin to turn translucent. Add the wine and cook, stirring frequently, until it is completely absorbed.
Add a couple of ladles of the warm broth mixture to the rice and stir. Cook, until the liquid is absorbed. Continue to cook, stirring in a ladle of the broth every few minutes, until the rice is cooked through and the liquid is absorbed Add the peas and cheese. Stir in another splash of broth if the risotto is too thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the risotto immediately with a sprinkle of Parmigiano, lemon and sprig of basil.
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1 comment:


My lemon dish for today was Preserved Lemon chicken. It is a Moroccan dish and to die for.

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