Happy Halloween everyone! I thought I'd share my pumpkin risotto recipe today. Every time I mention to a friend that I made it for dinner, it always seems to get a lot of interest. For this particular recipe, I topped it with mushrooms, but you can also top it with prosciutto. Pumpkin risotto is kind of like comfort food to me this time of year. (I have pics on my blog: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com/200...)
Pumpking Mushroom Risotto
1 medium-sized sugar pumpkin
1/2 sweet onion, diced
1 cup Arborio rice
2 cups fresh mushrooms (i.e. shitake, chantrelle, crimini)
1 small glass of dry white wine
1 (14 oz.) can of chicken broth
1 T fresh sage, minced
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese (or parmigiano reggiano)
2 T unsalted butter
sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Cut open your pumpkin, remove the seeds and threads, and slice into wedges. Place them in a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil or a baking dish. Drizzle olive oil to coat the pumpkin and season with sea salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast for 35-40 minutes until the pumpkin meat is fork tender. Let it cool and cut it into cubes without the skin. (If it’s really tender, you should be able to use a spoon and scoop chunks of the pumpkin meat off its skin.)
In a saucepan, warm 2 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat and add onion. Cook for about two minutes until translucent, making sure not to brown the onions. Add rice and stir with onions, letting the heat toast the rice for about a minute. Turn heat to medium and add wine and cook until most of it evaporates. Add sage and broth, about 1/2 cup at a time. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes, adding 1/2 cup of broth along the way, until rice is al dente, or almost done. When your risotto is almost done, toss in your tender pumpkin chunks and mix well.
Remove saucepan from the fire and stir in butter and cheese. Add salt to your taste.
In saute pan, quickly cook your mushrooms in olive oil and high heat to sweat out the moisture. (Sprinkle with salt to help extract the moisture.) Top the mushrooms on a plate of pumpkin risotto. Garnish with more parmesan and crispy sage leaves.
Makes two servings.