Crispy pan seared Brussels Sprouts are laid atop a bed of creamy Parmesan and white wine risotto! An ultra comforting Winter dish!
It is official. Winter is here. We had a very mild November and December, but January has been cold and icky. I live in the South, in case you aren’t familiar how the South operates during Winter I’ll explain. We don’t.
Humidity we can do, unbearably hot weather you’ve got it. But cold weather? Not so much. Even the threat of snow or ice sends us into a frenzy. We have to RUSH to the grocery and buy all the bread and milk. All of it, like gallons of milk. Schools are closed, businesses shut down. We hunker down in our houses, wear seven layers and drink hot cocoa by the gallon. And that is just with the threat of snow or ice.
I cannot fathom how people who live in other colder areas handle the winter. I can’t imagine having to go to school or work in a snow storm because I never have! We just don’t do cold.
There is something we do well down here though, comfort food. We can hang in there with the best of them with comfort food! This Crispy Brussels Sprout and Creamy Parmesan Risotto is winter comfort food at it’s finest! If you aren’t familiar with Risotto it is a wonderfully creamy Italian dish that is made with Arborio rice. This is different from other rice dishes because you sauté your rice in olive oil or butter first, it allows it to lightly brown and brings out this delicious, almost nutty flavor. Then you slowly add warm broth to create an ultra creamy dish. I use Village Harvest “superfino” grade Arborio is the highest quality available, sourced from the Po River Valley in Italy. Village Harvest’s Arborio rice is a delicious foundation of a perfectly cooked risotto, offering a warm, Italian dish to your dinner table.
For this dish I pan seared halved Brussels Sprouts until they were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and lightly seasoned them with salt and pepper. The Risotto is kept simple with rich flavors like fresh garlic, good quality chicken stock, white wine and Parmesan.
This is a wonderful meatless dish or would make a great side dish for a herb roasted chicken! If you are working on creating a healthy lifestyle this New Year it’s easy with Village Harvest Rice & Grains. All rice & grains are natural and unprocessed, making it easy to pair with exciting recipes while staying on track! With plentiful antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, Village Harvest offers varieties that satisfy your desire to explore new flavors and dishes in a healthy way.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups Brussels Sprouts, halved
- salt and pepper to taste
- For the Risotto
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 cup Village Harvest Arborio rice
- 1 cup white wine
- 4-5 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup Parmesan
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a large deep skillet to medium heat.
- Add one tablespoon of olive oil and the Brussels Sprouts, halved side down.
- Allow the sprouts to brown before turning, cook for 2-3 minutes until browned and tender.
- Remove from skillet and season with salt and pepper, set aside.
- Pour the chicken stock into a sauce pan and heat until just barely simmering. You want the stock to be nice and hot.
- Heat the large skillet and add the olive oil, garlic and onion and sauté for about one minute. Add the rice and allow it to lightly brown.
- Add the wine and stir until the wine is nearly absorbed.
- Pour the hot broth in one cup at a time and stir continuously, allow the broth to become completely absorbed before you add more liquid.
- When you have used all of the broth and the rice is tender add the Parmesan and salt and pepper. Add the Brussels Sprouts back into the rice and garnish with additional Parmesan if desired.
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